Compared to most Dressage Horses (insert a hoitey-toitey tone, please), Speedy is absolutely pony-sized. This has been a problem for us when we shop for tack. Nothing fits. Ever. Headstalls are enormous, or with Cob, they fit awkwardly. Pads swallow him up, as you can see in the video. And finding a girth is even a challenge as there might be one dinky one hiding in the back if I dig long enough. Speedy needs a 24 inch or smaller.
When we were endurance racing, finding tack was cake. Virtually all endurance horses are Arabians so tack is constructed for their smaller bodies. Everything is slightly thinner to accommodate their finer features. Headstalls are scaled for their refined heads. Pads have a shorter drop, and they're frequently a bit shorter across the topline. Halters are smaller and use thinner straps. Aw ... how easy it was to purchase tack for endurance. And now? Not so much.
That's why Speedy won't be wearing his new Champion Pad. He also doesn't get to wear the Riders4Helmets Pad he "helped" me earn earlier this year. That's okay. I've long since gotten over the lack of dressage tack and just use what fits, whether it's for dressage or not. I still get to use the pads as they fit Sydney.
Take a peek at how the pad looked on Speedy G. You'll see what I mean!