Can I also just add that I made this thread because I was excited to finally own another barrel saddle, and wasn't sure how pads were done now a days? I grew up doing things one way, and money wise I agree with the way I was taught to do things (cheaper pad under thicker and more expensive pad, unless for show), I was really just curious what others do. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate any and all responses, or that I am not genuinely interested in hearing how others do things, or that I won't accept constructive criticism. I just feel a little bit like I've been "put down" I guess for the way I do it. I have absolutely no problem hearing that somebody doesn't do things "my" way. What I am not terribly fond of is responses saying I shouldn't do it this way or that way, when there's nothing truly wrong with what pad is where (unless I am completely unaware of something?) other than it's not pretty. I have ridden many horses with a thin navajo blanket under a thick one, not once has a horse truly had an issue with it. Not once have I had a saddle or pad slip because of it. Maybe I've been lucky, but hey, it's worked so far. IMHO it would be like saying you can't ride in just a half pad, or something along those lines. I've got a back bone, I'm not afraid of an opinion other than my own, I only feel as if this thread has strayed a little from my OP.
If somebody wants to question the fit of my saddle pads, or the fit of my saddle, the color of my saddle, what have you - please just PM me =)