Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Yes, they are well worth the cost. I recommend either the Professional's Choice ESP pad, or the Memory Foam pad by Wrangler.
Both have a spine-free channel, which eliminates bulk underneath the gullet of the saddle, offering a better fit.
Both pads have an orthopedic felt on the underside of the pad, and a high quality weave wool on the outside, with excellent memory foam on the inside.
The thing about memory foam is that it conforms to the horse's back on one side, and to your saddle on the other, creating a "custom fit" to your horse. And it holds that shape for the duration of the ride, then springs back to its original "neutral" shape once you take the pressure off of it.
Well worth the money.
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