Do any of you read “The Clinic,” a photo/video critique column of Dressage Today? It’s quite interesting and includes a critique of the rider’s seat and riding ability by Axel Steiner. This is all very educational, but what I find particularly helpful is Terri Miller’s critique of the rider’s turnout and how the horse is presented. She frequently comments on the rider’s choice of pads, commenting both on the color choice and the size. Hmmm …
This is a problem for us. I don’t ride a big warm-blood. I ride an Arabian gelding, who is nicely sized, especially for his breed. He’s not all leg, he’s not too narrow, he’s proportionally correct. Since makers of dressage tack are unaware that there are non-warm-bloods competing in dressage, I am having trouble finding a dressage pad that fits my well-proportioned, but non-warm-blood, Arabian.
Last summer, I bought two dressage pads and one all-purpose pad for showing. Both dressage pads, while beautiful are … just … too … BIG.
The pad arrived shortly after I first wrote this, and it fits REALLY well. I'll post pictures when I next have it on Speedy G.