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post #1 of 6 Old 07-03-2014, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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Contoured wool pads

So I finally have a western saddle for Aires. I haven't tried it on him yet, but it fits my best friend's built-like-a-tank QH mare, so it should fit Aires.

Anyway, right now I have two saddle pads. I have an older cheap saddle pad that I was given with a synthetic saddle I bought (sold the saddle and the lady didn't want the saddle pad) and I have a fairly nice 1" thick wool pad that I bought at the annual tack swap we have during EquiFest. The wool pad is scalloped around the edges, has black leather wear guards, and is grey with tiny black flecks. I can't find a manufacturer's name anywhere on it. It's not "wow" quality, but it's definitely not a super cheap pad, either.

Anyway, I'm wondering if a thinner, contoured wool pad would be a better choice. Aires is very mutton-withered. For my Aussie saddle, I have a leather saddle pad with a thin wool liner, VERY similar to the third pad down on this site:The saddle pads for horses!

So, for a mutton-withered, broad-backed horse with a 30-35lbs western saddle, what pad would you recommend? I'd like to keep the price at, or under, $100. I was looking at the Diamond Wool Contour Felt Ranch Pad on horse.com for $80.99 (I know I've seen it elsewhere for cheaper), but it says it's 1" thick and that's what we have now, which seems *really* thick.

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I just bought one of these diamond wool pads for Jinxx. I got the 32 x 32 1/2". Haven't tried it on him yet, but the pad is very nicely built. They have 3 different thicknesses to choose from and are right around your price limit.

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I just bought one of these diamond wool pads for Jinxx. I got the 32 x 32 1/2". Haven't tried it on him yet, but the pad is very nicely built. They have 3 different thicknesses to choose from and are right around your price limit.
The contour felt ranch pad or a different one? I only saw the 1" thickness on horse.com.

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Sorry thought I posted the link. This one:
Diamond Wool Contour Cowboy Pad - Horse.com

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Drafty if you buy from the Diamond Wool website you can change the thickness from 1 to 1/2 inch. Some are 3/4 or 1 inch. I plan on getting one of their contoured ranch pads cause i want color

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