I’m watching Heartland and Amy rode a horse with only a half pad English, is that allowed? Don’t you always have to have a saddle pad?

Hi Erin, I’m a trainee Saddler in England. Traditionally a saddle pad is only used to keep the saddle clean. Now they have become a fashion item too. A correctly fitted saddle should only need a thin cotton pad to keep the saddle clean.
Nope, lots of people show in the under saddle classes with just a half pad!
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