In today's post I hope to show you the difference between a well-fitting hunter pad and a poorly-fitting hunter pad.
Hunter pads are shaped saddle pads made of sheepskin or synthetic fleece. Which material you use will depend on your budget as well as on your personal preference. They are either white or the colour of natural sheepskin. Saddle pads with pockets or room for a number are not appropriate for the hunter ring at open horse shows.
The ideal fit of a hunter pad has one to two inches of saddle pad sticking out evenly on all sides of the saddle. The shape of the pad should match the shape of your saddle. For this reason, you will need to try different pads with your saddle to find the best one for you since there is not one "correct" shape for everyone.
This post provides the names of several brands that offer various sizes and shapes of fitted pads.
Now I will show you some examples of what not to do, followed by some examples of well-fitting pads.