For pads, I have a Wintec aussie (similar to english) I use standard dressage pads. I do have a Skito pad that I do use on occassion but find the standard dressage pads to work fine with my mare. I also use the Wintec webbers instead of standard leathers. I have EZ ride stirrups on my wintec westerns that I love, and work great with my knee issues. But on my aussie I have the Herm Sprenger Bow balance, all though extremely expensive they are worth their weight in gold since I broke my ankle.
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