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post #11 of 20 Old 06-12-2012, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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post #12 of 20 Old 06-12-2012, 12:51 AM
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*Well, like I said I love pads by Mustang. I have had this one (the zebra print one) for awhile & I just love it. It's not amazing quality but it works & it's cute :) Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Mustang Wild Print Contour Saddle Pad

This one would obviously be a bit better quality wise.
Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Mustang 1" Wool Contour Pad

Not sure how much you are willing to spend, but I have heard some good things about some of these:
Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Contoured Memory Foam Saddle Pad
Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Professionals Choice SMx Air Ride All-Around Saddle Pad
(^^this one seems like it would be a good summer pad)

If you're interested in getting a whole set (pad, bridle, chest plate, reins, curb strap, lunge lines that all match & look great together) I would suggest checking out Dee's Tack Shop. She makes custom tack packs & I think they are absolutely beautiful. I ordered a bridle & chest plate and recieved my order in 3 days!! :)
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I'm on the hunt for a good saddle pad or two, also.

Pretty much everything I've read has suggested that wool pads are best for dispersing pressure and keeping the horse's back cool (or as cool as possible), which is a bit counter-intuitive, but I guess it breathes better than some of the synthetic materials.
100% wool has been suggested, but that can get a bit pricey, so I think wool blends will work okay also.
Wool also shouldn't slip too badly, or at all.
Whatever you do, avoid the pads with gel in them. They're very heavy and don't seem like they'd allow for my breathing. In addition, I've read a number of negative reviews on them, saying that they actually create more pressure points, as the gel pools in certain areas.

It makes sense, logically, to me, that wool would offer the best weight dispersal and shock absorption, as it doesn't seem like wool that thick could compress too much.

5 stars seems to have nothing but rave reviews, but are a bit pricey for me.
I have found some other similar pads, haven't decided which I'm going to go with, just yet --

Classic Equine Wool Felt Pad.
Smith Brothers 100% Wool Pad - Smith Brothers
Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Mustang Wool Contour Wool Pad

The wool pads always come in neutral colors, but then you put any pretty saddle blanket, that you'd like, over the wool pad.

Another option would be, getting one of these wool pad protectors -- Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Wool Pad Protector and put it under whatever saddle pad you want to use. That way you still get some of the benefits of having the wool directly on the horse's back (although you won't get the same kind of weight distribution as you would with a thicker wool pad).

I'm probably going to grab one of those wool pad protectors and one of the wool pads I listed above (after trying to see if I can find some reviews on them), in the 3/4 inch thickness. Between those two wool pads and the handful of decorative Mayatex blankets that I have, I should have pretty decent options as far as thickness and look go :)

If your saddle fits super well, I don't think you have to be QUITE as picky with the saddle pad. In my situation, my saddle has to go on a variety of horses, so I need the best pads I can afford.
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Oh I love the review for this one you mentioned, ehn

Smith Brothers 100% Wool Pad - Smith Brothers

Definitely something to think about :)

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The Reinsman Tacky pads are nice. I have a couple and like them.
The thicker SMX Air ride pads seem to hold up over time. My sister rides in one of those.
I also have the Charmayne James Barrel orthosport pad that I really like, but it's not good for long rides.

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Wool blanket has my favorite for decades followed by wool felt pad. Although I plan to test a sheepskin pad to see how it works out.
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100% wool felt of good quality is what I prefer. It breathes the best. I personally do not like neoprene or any of the gels. I have never seen the Smith Brothers pads, so have no idea how the quality of the wool compares to the 5 star. I will say that the 5 star is extremely soft and tight woven. It is easy to clean, and I have never heard a bad word about them.

I guess I misunderstood what you meant by "contour". I have the 5 star that is butterfly cut which is more close contact. There are few that offer that, and I love it. Perhaps because of my english background, or that my saddle is also cut that way......or because I do reining and need the extra contact.

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I'm liking that smith brothers one as well! I'm going to measure the one I'm currently using (it's not wide enough in my opinion) tonight and then there's this tack consignment shop here that I want to go to and check out before I order anything! But now I know that wool is the way to go. We just have to figure out how to incorporate his colors into it now!
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I'm liking that smith brothers one as well! I'm going to measure the one I'm currently using (it's not wide enough in my opinion) tonight and then there's this tack consignment shop here that I want to go to and check out before I order anything! But now I know that wool is the way to go. We just have to figure out how to incorporate his colors into it now!
they have a couple other sizes and thicknesses on their site :) They have pretty good reviews, but I got the feeling that the people reviewing them hadn't had their pad that long. So I am going to try to do a bit more research and see if I can find anything about their durability, before I settle on one.
The Smith Brothers' one and the Mustang one I linked are the same price.
The classic equine is a bit more expensive and I've have seen some not-so-hot reviews of it also, so I think I'm ruling that one out of my search.


As for the color situation, check out Mayatex - Home the have TONS of different saddle blankets, which you can put on top of the wool pad. They have just made it so you can order online directly from them, but most of the online tack stores also carry some of their blankets. The plain mayatex blankets are reasonably priced, but the fancier ones can get a bit pricey though. But you could probably use any saddle blanket you'd like, as long as the material isn't slippery.
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There are also print blankets in indian type designs in all sorts of colors and patterns. You can probably find something in your colors in one of those also. I love changing colors, which is easier to do with a wool felt pad you put a "pretty" blanket over.......I could not stand to be stuck with one with the same design all the time.
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