I second ThinLine pad. The Trifecta pad
is good, or if you're on a budget, the Contour pad
is a nice option. That's what my daughter uses. It conforms well to the horse's back when it's warmed.
If you want a half pad that will be shock absorbing, is contoured, and you can add shims to if your saddle isn't a perfect fit, I'd recommend a Skito Interpad
or Skito Correction pad
. They are very nice quality custom made pads, made in the USA out of all US made materials (which is almost imposible to find these days...).
If you want sheepskin, then I recommend Engle pads. They are affordable and they use very nicely quality medical grade Merino sheepskin for their saddles pads. They have a rolled edge pad
and a front roll only pad
If you want a really nice, hardwood tack trunk, then I'd go with Horsefare trunks
. They are quality built trunks, custom made to order, and are very sturdy. If you want something more affordable, then I'd go with something like THIS
. You should be able to find both at Home Depot.
As for other things, I'd get a lunge line, lunge whip, polo wraps
or horse boots
, bell boots, riding crop
, a bridle, a leather halter
(lasts longer and is just classier than nylon), shampoo, conditioner
, hoof pick, body brush, face brush, curry
, sweat scraper, small bucket (for bathing), grooming caddy, SWAT
(great to keep flies off the face and "sensitive parts), Sheath Cleaner
if it's a boy...
I'd also keep in your tack box a small hand towel, a large towel, sponges for tack cleaning and bathing, spare halter and lead, tack cleaning supplies, and first aid supplies.
Here are tack cleaning supplies I like: Browsing Store - Glycerin Saddle Soap Bar Browsing Store - Passier Lederbalsam Leather Conditioner Browsing Store - Belvoir Tack Conditioner Spray 500ml
- For between heavy conditionings
Here are first aid supplies I can't live without:
Saline Solution (the kind in a squeeze bottle for contacts)
Vet wrap Browsing Store - Epsom Salt Poultice Browsing Store - Betadine Surgical Scrub Browsing Store - Corona Ointment 7 ounces Browsing Store - 5" Thermometer with Box and Clip Browsing Store - 3M Gamgee Absorbent Padding - 18 inches Tall x 7.5 feet long Eclipse Wound Wash & Cream
, for more serious injuries.