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post #1 of 11 Old 11-17-2013, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Help Identify this Western Saddle Pad

I borrowed a pad from my barn manager today for my ride, and I really liked it. Looked nice, seemed to fit with the saddle, was overall good. Unfortunately, there was no tag or brand stamp anywhere on the pad, and the manager doesn't even remember how it came into her possession.

It's a black felt square pad with leather wear guards where the girth goes, and over the wither area. The two felt sides aren't continuous all down the spine, but held together with a leather piece over the spine. It has a contoured back with wither relief hole. Underneath the girth wear guard there's a cut out from the felt where the girth goes- there's felt everywhere else along, but right there it's just the leather without felt. There are about 5 layers of felt pressed together on the edge of the pad, but in what would be the shape of a square skirted saddle it's thinner- probably about 3 layers.

Anyone know what pad I'm talking about? Knowing my luck it'll be priced at more than I'm wanting to spend, but I was hoping to find it just so I could inquire Not having a brand on it makes finding it difficult, but it also makes me wonder about the quality too...
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-17-2013, 07:30 PM
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I don't know what it is but I'm subbing because it sounds like exactly what I've been looking for myself! It kinda sounds like a Reinsman I've been looking at but I'd think they would have their logo on it.
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post #3 of 11 Old 11-17-2013, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know what it is but I'm subbing because it sounds like exactly what I've been looking for myself! It kinda sounds like a Reinsman I've been looking at but I'd think they would have their logo on it.
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That's what I was thinking! I've seen quite a few possibilities, but they all seem to have a brand either stamped into the leather wears, or a tag on the leather piece by the withers! I'll probably still get the diamond that I've been eyeing, but I thought I'd give it a shot and see if I could find this one.
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-19-2013, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone have any ideas? I'd like to find it, but I'm still not having any luck :(
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post #5 of 11 Old 11-21-2013, 03:20 PM
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Can you post a pic? That would really help!
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post #6 of 11 Old 11-21-2013, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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I don't have it on my person, unfortunately. I didn't think to snap one when I had it, and it belongs to the barn manager. I may actually see if she wants to sell it, lol.

The description pretty much covers it, but I've looked at numerous black contoured wither relief pads with leather pieces that look similar. None of them seem to have the thinner part in the center, though. I found a Weaver one that looked like it did, but it had a brand stamp on it. This one has nothing! Guess it's easier for someone to look at a picture and say "THAT'S my pad!" than to try and decode a description :P

It's kind of a long shot, I know. Worth trying though!
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post #7 of 11 Old 11-21-2013, 11:36 PM
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It might not even be manufactured anymore.
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-21-2013, 11:41 PM
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It sounds like this pad

Dura-Tech® Close Contact Felt Pad
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post #9 of 11 Old 11-22-2013, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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It sounds like this pad

Dura-Tech® Close Contact Felt Pad
The back looks about the same, but the bottom piece of leather is one solid piece. Just a few inches of felt on each side where the girth would be is cut out... otherwise it looks outwardly solid.

I'm also leaning towards it isn't being made anymore, unfortunately. I did a lot of searching and couldn't find anything that was the same. Or anything with the thinner portion where the saddle goes, but thicker along the edges. I can't think of a technical term for that though, so my searching might be off :P
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-22-2013, 09:23 AM
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The name eludes me but I think those pads are high priced, maybe in the $250-300 range. As soon as I read about the leather strip down the middle the cogs started to turn. Saddle pads can do only so much despite claims made by manufacturers. Sometimes just a plain old brown felt pad with wear leathers for well under a $100 is just as good if not better. Have you tried adding a thin felt pad under yours. Wool is natural to the horse and it may give you that little extra you need. It should be buff colored felt, not white or black and they contain more synthetic.
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