Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Navajo blankets and most English pads are fine for most pleasure riding. If you plan on endurance racing, you would probably need more complete coverage, but you can certainly get away with using them to save money as you figure out what you need or don't need. I bought an 'Australian' pad from DownUnder years ago, but gave up using it within a few weeks. It now sees service as a pad for the saddle when my saddle in on its rack in the bedroom...
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."