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post #1 of 12 Old 12-02-2013, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Favorite Western Saddle Pads?

What types of saddle pads do you guys use/recommend? Looking at buying a new one, looking for a thick, durable one that's easy to clean. Ive heard good things about pvc neoprene as well! linking the one i'm looking at, let me know what you guys think!
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post #2 of 12 Old 12-02-2013, 11:22 PM
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I do not recommend neoprene as it holds heat and unless it and the horse are immaculate, dirt combined with the additional heat, can cause sores. Worse sores than a horse would otherwise get.

I do like thick wool felt pads for my western riding. I use Argentine style wool blankets for polo and general hunt seat riding.

I also don't recommend gel pads. The gel also holds and increases heat on the back and it does not disperse pressure like so many other good pads do. The gel has been shown to pocket in areas causing uneven pressure.
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post #3 of 12 Old 12-02-2013, 11:45 PM
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I've always heard great things about wool pads. I'm going to be buying a relatively inexpensive Diamond wool pad when I get the opportunity.
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5 star, and only 5 star. The quality of the felt is worth the price. JMHO

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post #5 of 12 Old 12-03-2013, 07:17 AM
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I second the 5 Star pad, they're great! I'm saving up for another one.
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post #6 of 12 Old 12-03-2013, 09:29 AM
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I've always used a combo---usually 2 wool saddle blankets. Really haven't had much use for actual pads. I've tried neoprene and not really liked them (although it's the only one that keeps my Aussie in place). I've tried felt--hated it. Tried a Prof Choice, didn't work out for my horse at all, returned it.
Most recently, I decided to buy a Cutter Classic. Don't even remember what made me spend that kind of money on a pad---maybe the fact that I've ordered a new saddle and I felt like throwing more money around? haha, lol. Anyway, I love, love, love it. I've bought another one now too! My QH mare seems to just move out so much better--why didn't I do this years ago??
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post #7 of 12 Old 12-03-2013, 09:51 AM
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I like the wool felt pads. They are great for dispersing pressure, wicking moisture away, and keeping the horses' back cool. They are easy to clean, I use the short tooth side of a curry comb for weekly cleaning and wash with water and betadine twice a year, then hang to dry. I do also recommend one with a canvas top for longevity
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post #8 of 12 Old 12-03-2013, 11:27 AM
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5 Star pads and Impact Gel pads.

Love them both!

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post #9 of 12 Old 12-03-2013, 05:11 PM
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I have a 5 Star pad as well. They come in various thicknesses and sizes. Full wool. You can't really go wrong with something tried and simple.
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post #10 of 12 Old 12-04-2013, 12:33 AM
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I love Tod Slone saddle pads. I used one while working for a horse trader for 8 years. That pas was on 5-10 horses everyday for years and still looked brand spanking new when I left. It never got compressed or lost it's shape.

I've got one now for my personal horses and love it just as much. The only 'bad' thing I can say is when i'm starting horses under saddle I use a light blanket when I am getting a horse desensitized to being saddled as they've got some weight to them and when you're desensitizing a bunch of horses a day, it can start to feel a bit heavy.
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