From Endurance to Dressage
Tina Hoover adjusted my saddle a few weeks ago. The saddle fits Speedy a bit better as he is wider than Sydney. In order to accommodate both horses, Tina suggested that I ride Speedy in just a square pad without the accompanying fleece half pad and that I try to find a riser pad for Sydney to help lift the saddle a little in the front.
I had to spend some time investigating, but I finally found a riser pad that I thought would do the trick. I bought Roma's Wither Relief Lift Front Half Pad from Dover Saddlery. When I took it out of the box, I was a little skeptical as it is super light weight. Even Hubby cast it a disparaging look. Not one to judge a book by it's cover, I decided to give it a try.
What I like about the pad is how contoured it is. I ride Sydney in the Steffen Peters Dressage Show Pad which also has a lovely contoured shape. (Mine is black.)
The Roma half pad fits very nicely under my saddle, which I like. It also did a fabulous job of lifting the front of the saddle, maybe a hair too much. I need to play around with it just a bit to get my saddle a little more level.
As soon as I got on, I could feel the difference; the saddle was definitely higher in the front which felt MUCH better. When I next ride, I need to place the half pad a bit farther back on the dressage pad.
Overall? This was a good purchase. The pad sells for $29.95 ($28.45 for USEF Members) at Smartpak and for $34.99 at Dover Saddlery. I had a $20 Visa Reward from Dover so with my discounted shipping, I ended up paying only $19.94. Not a bad deal!
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
National Rider Awards
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