Half pads. Do you use one? I seem to see them everywhere lately, but that may be selective vision (is that even a thing?). You know, like when you are thinking a lot about something, and then start seeing that thing everywhere? Yeah, that’s happening.
It seems to come down to three major contenders (in alphabetical order): Ecogold, Mattes and Ogilvy. For something a bit different – and less expensive – I’m also considering a Pacific Rim International fleece double back saddle pad, which essentially has the extra padding from a half pad already built in.
Why I have half pads on the brain:
At this point, my saddle doesn’t fit Drifter and a half pad is not going to fix that. I am going to need to replace my current saddle at some point in the near-ish future. But the challenge is that Drifter is a young horse that is now going into regular work. That means he’s going to be building lots of muscle through his shoulders and back in the next several months, which will make saddle fitting even more challenging. Given that I will need to sell my current saddle before I can buy a new one, and that we’re heading into the “off season” where I won’t need a show-quality saddle for awhile, I should have some time to let his muscles change before I get a new saddle. Even then, I have a feeling that I’ll need a half pad to help protect his back and potentially alleviate any minor saddle fit issues in the shorter term.
Side note: how fun is it to use Ogilvy’s online color customizer for their half pads? (Answer: SO MUCH FUN.)