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post #1 of 12 Old 10-21-2009, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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preferred saddle pad

I am hoping to find out what your favorite saddle pad is for trail riding? I am getting ready to purchase one and need help picking the best one for the horse. thanks..
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-21-2009, 11:29 PM
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I use one like this
Neoprene Vented Cutback Shock Western Saddle Pad: Saddles Tack Horse Supplies -
It lets air flow along the holes along the spine and it provides lots of cushion for both you and your horse
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-22-2009, 12:13 AM
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ilovestitch- I looked at that pad, I was worried that with it being neoprene it would be very hot on the sides and irritate the horse. I didn't think it would breath except down the middle where the holes are.
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post #4 of 12 Old 10-22-2009, 07:57 AM
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I love it actually! My horse seems to be alot more relaxed on trails with it too, i can switch between that pad and my other felt pad and it makes a big difference. I have been using the pad for over 2 years now and have ridden as long as an all day trail ride while camping and he has never had any irritation.
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post #5 of 12 Old 10-22-2009, 09:05 AM
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thanks for the info.
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post #6 of 12 Old 10-22-2009, 12:30 PM
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I have Reinsman. Got it last year and used a lot since that. It's more expensive one (like $70), but it certainly much MUCH better then those $20-30 ones I used before.
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post #7 of 12 Old 10-22-2009, 09:21 PM
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I've trail ridden a horse in the kind of pad ilovestitch posted all summer long and the horse seemed every comfortable and happy. No irritation

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post #8 of 12 Old 10-22-2009, 09:37 PM
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Western pads I prefer cut-back (not built-up ones though) because they just give an extra bit of clearence and eliminate worries that there would be any wither pressure, which can happen on long rides with a standard pad, even when you make a big clearence they still sometimes slip.
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-23-2009, 11:13 AM
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For trails, and just for riding I use my Theraflex pad. I was very nervous about buying one as they are pricey, but it has made a world of difference to my horse. It not only keeps the saddle in place most of the time (as much as a saddle pad can do), but it also is breathable, and fills in any weakness to the topline that my horses may have. I have both the western and the english one (I rarely ride English anymore, but I still have my english saddle and my english saddle pad).
I highly recommend the theraflex pad, I will never ride without one now they are amazing!
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-24-2009, 01:30 PM
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Love our Skito pads. You can have them custom made or order them pre-fab.
They are the best pads we have ever used. We prefer the "dry back" versions.
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