What pads aid or hinder pressure distribution beneath a saddle?

Riders and horse owners having a huge saddle and half pad collection is a common occurrence, but what do these pads do for our horses in terms of pressure distribution? In a survey looking into riders opinions of the use of saddle pads, found that the most common reason riders use saddle pads was to compensate for possible saddle fit problems (Hawson et al., 2013). Adding extra layers between the saddle and the horse can often hinder not help saddle fitting issues.

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