In getting this new saddle made I cant' quiet decide--the skirting liner-- sheepskin, felt or synthetic. So far I haven't seen a big reason to get the pricer option, since I use very good pads. The synth. Is standard and the other 2 bump up my cost.
If it won't matter, as many makers seem to claim via google searching, i'd keep my extra $$ for the new breast collar I need as well. Seems the biggest idea with using a good pad is that the liner simply gives 'grip' to keep the pad in place. Which makes pretty good sense to me.
and i'll need a new endurance sized pad.
I've loved my 5 star pads for western and just got a new one. But it will be far too oversized for my new saddle, which is endurance type. Any reason so many use those insert/foam pads instead of tried n true wool felt?
And, cinches--roper style or straight? I'm going to use mohair but what type?