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post #1 of 17 Old 03-11-2012, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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I HATE saddle pads!

So just as a back-up story..I HATE saddle pads. No idea why, I just feel like they never fit right and they're too bulky.

My mom bought me this as my first saddle pad for Ransom..NEVER AGAIN! I absolutely hate the way these saddle pads fit:*Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Heavy Cutter Style Diamond Pad

I am currently using this saddle pad & it's nice but it's not mine & I need to buy my own:
Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Performers 1st Choice Contour Felt Saddle Pad

I'm deciding between buying this saddle pad:
Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Showman Zebra Print Pad

And this one:
Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Wild Print Barrel Racing Saddle Pad <>

I feel like the barrel saddle pads will get rid of the bulkiness problem..but does it have enough support? Let me know if you have any other suggestions or tell me which one is better! Thanks :)
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post #2 of 17 Old 03-11-2012, 12:21 PM
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Honestly, you get what you pay for. If you want something that is going to really conform to your horse's back, not be too bulky, and not slip like crazy, you're going to have to pay for it. I personally use Classic Equine pads, and I absolutely love them. I don't have experience with Professionals Choice and 5 star pads myself, but I've heard plenty of positive reviews about them as well.

I have this pad in a creamy color, and I absolutely love it.
The only negative thing about CE pads is that it seems that they take a little bit longer to conform to the horse's back compared to the brands I mentioned above, but they do eventually conform and have worked wonderfully for me. They do cost a pretty penny, but I believe they are worth it.

Maybe someone else on here knows a cheaper brand that can produce the same results.

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post #3 of 17 Old 03-11-2012, 12:41 PM
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I use a $50 100% pure wool felt pad topped with a wool blanket. The pad isn't so think it can't countour to the horse a bit. The thick wool blanket hides the drab color of the pad. Altogether they meas. about 3/4" thick.
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post #4 of 17 Old 03-11-2012, 01:58 PM
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I own the zebra showman saddle pad. I would say that it's a pretty good saddle pad. It is really durable and easy to clean. The only downside that I found to it was that when I barrel race it will slip back after a couple of runs. Not like right out from under the saddle but back probably 3 inches. I ride in a tighter girth at shows and a looser one in practice and it dosen't make a difference. Maybe it won't do that for you??? It is light and not bulky at all. My horse isn't a sweater so I'm not really sure if that will affect the slipping or not too. Hope you find something that works!
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post #5 of 17 Old 03-11-2012, 02:16 PM
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I have several of these and I have been very happy with them. Sure, they aren't the same quality as a $150 pad, but so long as you aren't trying to correct a terrible saddle fit, then these work just fine. I've used these pads for hours of riding and heavy ranch work and none of my horses have ever shown any soreness.....but my saddle fits well too. It started out a bit stiff but limbered up and conformed nicely after just a few rides

Mustang Herculon Navajo Square Saddle Pad - Horse.com

They also make a contoured pad to alleviate the front-to-back stiffness. I don't have one of the contour pads, but I like the company so I'll probably get one or two next time I order.
Mustang Navajo Contour Pad - Horse.com
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post #6 of 17 Old 03-11-2012, 02:25 PM
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I paid $130.00 for my Reinsman saddle pad. Thats alot of $ to me but i'll tell you what, I'll never use anything else! This pad WILL NOT slip no matter what. Even going up & down some pretty steep hills at McCall Park, I was about the only one that did'nt have to stop & ajust my pad. Sorry, I don't have a pic.

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post #7 of 17 Old 03-11-2012, 02:28 PM
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Your lightweight, supportive, well shaped pads are going to come from 5 Star, CSI, Supracor, Impact Gel, some higher end Pro Choices, etc.

I use a Supracor, and my trainer uses CSI's, and they're awesome.

What shape is the skirt on your saddle?
What is it that's not fitting how you like? It it just not laying correctly across the back, or??

I have a couple of suggestions, but I need a little more info on what you're not liking before I give a couple of names to you.

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post #8 of 17 Old 03-11-2012, 04:59 PM
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You do get what you pay for.... boots from walmart..... but yeah, $50 saddle pad is gonna be more likely to stand up to a beating and fit better than a $20 one. I ride English so i know what kinda saddle pads in English are good. Have to maybe experiment or try to find one that looks good.

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post #9 of 17 Old 03-11-2012, 05:05 PM
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I paid a lot but I have two reinsman tacky too pads, and an SMX Air Ride for the reiners, then an Impact Gel for barrel racing. I also have a couple no-brand felt things as something to slap on in a pinch.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #10 of 17 Old 03-11-2012, 05:07 PM
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I love my five stars. Not cheap but my horse's are happy!
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