Originally Posted by toto
I love fleece-- so fluffy!
I thought it was funny when I got into the walker world that they would trail ride with the blanket on top of the pad, lol. It usually slips away after the first couple hours-- for looks anyway not function.
Yes wool blanket under top pad-- why? Because it keeps the pad clean dry and it will not make the pad slip out from on top-- it wont slip out from under it either. We would trail ride for 10+ hours daily like this jumping random things- going up and down hills- running- loping- and just playing around randomly.
You and I apparently ride in totally different universes. I have NEVER seen-EVER-a thin wool pad (the "ones with the designs that some of us pay hundreds of $$ for) under the plain wool felt or neoprene. Why would you cover up the design or color?
Fleece may be "fluffy", but it is not the best for sweat absorption, airflow etc. ESPECIALLY the fake fleece the OP posted. Real lambs fleece is nice, but you rarely see that in the western pad world. You DO see the best saddles lned with it, but then most of us use a pad.
There IS such a thing as a thin wool liner pad-is that what you are talking about? Some folks use that under their good "show" pad. That has no design-certainly not the Navajo like you referred to.