So I'm finally in a position to actually get Lacey a new saddle pad (yay!) and I'm having a dilemma. I'm seeing all these pads that are saying they're "orthopedic" and I'm not really sure if I want that or not. They appeal to my sense of "make her back feel as nice as possible!" but 'm not sure if they're actually nicer for the horse or if it's the saddle pad people just making money off suckers like me who want to "baby" their horses.
So something like this:
Contoured Felt Saddle Pad With Suede Wear Leather: Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com
I like that it's contoured and a little cutback, it has wear leathers which I like, it's the thickness I need (anything thicker than 3/4in thick and I feel like I'm riding a barrel), but I'm not sure about those built up areas... They seem like they might be helpful since Lacey does have a bit of dippy back, but I'm not sure...Currently she's happy being ridden in some no name pad that I bought on ebay for 20 bucks, but she's basically the most stoic horse ever so I would really never know if she was having some pain from it...
So what do you think? Yay of "neigh"?
If not, what should I get? I drooled over 5 star pads but they are waaaay out of my price range... I think I just want a wool pad with wear leathers that is contoured for the back, but I'm not sure. Also, it's darn hard finding a 3/4 inch pad! Also, I think I like the idea of a little bit of neoprene since she is so round (and low withered) that her saddle wants to slip around all the time, so I end up compensating by over-cinching, which I hate.
I would go for a colored pad, but my saddle is veeeeery red and black, so it's a little too easy for colors to clash.