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Western pads come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit the needs of different types of Western saddles. The most common type is the large, rectangular pad, which is designed to fit under the skirt of the saddle. These pads are usually made of wool, which helps to absorb shock and protect the horse’s back from the rider’s weight.

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They can also be purchased in a variety of different colours and patterns. While some riders prefer to use a plain white saddle pad, others may choose a colour or pattern that matches their horse's coat.

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In addition to protecting the horse's back from the saddle, a saddle pad also absorbs sweat and distributes weight evenly. This can prevent soreness and irritation, and make riding more comfortable. But how do you choose the best saddle pads for your horse? Here are some of the types of saddle pads that you can select from.

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Some Western pads come with foam sections, which offer additional shock absorption. Apart from traditional wool pads, there are also synthetic pads available that offer similar benefits. No matter what type of Western pad you choose, it is important to make sure that it is the correct size for your saddle and that it provides adequate support and cushioning for your horse.

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The shaped pad is a type of horse tack that is used to protect the horse's back from the saddle. It is generally made of a padded material such as felt or foam, and it is shaped to fit the contours of the horse's back. The shaped pad also distributes your more evenly, and can help to prevent soreness or bruising.

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Moreover, the shaped pad can provide a layer of insulation between the horse and saddle, which can be beneficial in cold weather. While the shaped pad is not required for every type of riding, it is often used in disciplines such as dressage or eventing.