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saddling a horse or mule

Postby BRYANT » Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:34 am

I have always put a blanket on first then a pad then my saddle, but people are saying that is wrong that the pad goes on first then the blanket. Is there a right way or does it even matter? As far as my mules I don't think it matters one way or the other to them.
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Re: saddling a horse or mule

Postby Bigfoot » Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:36 am

I run a 1" thick wells 5 star, and that's all. Blanket over a pad, would be for looks imho. Blanket under a pad, would negate good money for a pad. It wouldn't do its job------Wick sweat, and disperse pressure. Opinions will vary, but that is all I have ever done.
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Re: saddling a horse or mule

Postby Bigfoot » Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:37 am

Actually, in the absence of withers on a mule, it is more critical than a horse, to be padded properly.
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Re: saddling a horse or mule

Postby BRYANT » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:09 pm

I was putting the pad over the blanket to keep the pad cleaner. I am probably not doing it right and will try it the other way or just leave the blanket off.
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Re: saddling a horse or mule

Postby Boot Jack Bulls » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:22 pm

Bigfoot is right on the money with the 1" thick felt pad. They hold up well and a good pressure washer will clean them up nice. I prefer one without the leather wear patches though, so I can cut it down to barrel length for certain shorter backed horses. I have an assortment of wool blankets I can throw over the felt if I'm out and about....its way cheaper than buying 15 pads in different colors!
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