How to Fit Horses with English Saddles : Placing English Saddle Pads


Hi! I am Kelli on behalf of Expert Village.
I am going to show you my techniques to saddling a horse with an English saddle. Before we
put on the saddle, we are going to put on our saddle pads. So we are going to start
here with our square saddle pad. So we are going to put this on and fit it right on top
of her wither which is the top of her shoulders. We are just going to slide it back a little
bit so that it is in the proper place. We want to slide it back so that we make sure
that we smooth the hair in the proper direction. Otherwise, it will be a little uncomfortable
for the horse if we have the hair brushing the wrong way. So you want your saddle pad
to go right on top of the wither which is right at the top of the shoulder and this
should have some straps on it where the saddle will hook into. This is where the girth would
go so you want that pretty even with the back of the shoulder right here. So that is the
first pad we are going to put on. Then we are going to put on a regular English pad
on top of that. Slide everything forward and make sure it is in the right place. This just
gives a little more cushioning so that the horse has a little bit more comfort on its
back. So those are how you will put on a saddle pad.


8 Responses

  1. Sweet.Dixie

    March 9, 2008 1:14 am

    Wow I was almost expecting her to try fitting her horse to an English saddle with a WESTERN SADDLE! I'm amazed.

    And darling, the blue saddle pad is a "normal English pad".

  2. happyhunter1

    July 11, 2008 1:58 pm

    Ive never seen both a saddle cloth and a numnah used together before, if your saddle fits correctly then one is enough.

  3. satouame

    November 8, 2008 10:49 am

    Who the hell uses both a numnah and a saddle cloth together?! I have never ever seen anyone use two at the same time. Hahaha. Seriously WTF.

  4. rideonwater2

    March 1, 2009 3:49 am

    interesting…i never thought of sliding the pad down from the very top of the withers to keep hairs in line…

  5. alexandria lucas

    March 19, 2013 11:54 pm

    not really lol my horse is older and where he is and is a retired race horse he has more joint problems and his backbone is sticking out more so evan with a thick saddle pad u still need to put one more on him. before u open your mouth and say something make sure u no what ur talking about dumbass


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