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Baby pad Baby pads aren’t for baby horses. They’re thin rectangles of cotton (about 32” x 28”) that fit between your horse’s back and whichever other saddle pad you’d like to keep clean and neat. Not to be confused with traditional square saddle pads, baby pads are nondescript: they’re rarely any color other than white and look like a larger version of the quilted wraps you use to bandage a horse’s leg. So what’s the point of a baby pad? At shows they’re placed beneath the fancy pad while the rider schools in the warm-up ring. Then, at the last moment, they’re pulled from the horse’s back so the show pad remains pristine. At home, baby pads come in handy for professionals who ride multiple horses each day. Rather than compiling a stack of sweaty saddle blankets or worse, carrying a dirty pad from horse to horse (potentially spreading skin infections and fungus), a clean baby pad is used each time a new horse is saddled. Since baby pads are relatively inexpensive and often sold in multi-packs, they’re a wiser choice than buying stacks of much prettier and much pricier square saddle pads.

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