Old saddle wasn't fitting properly, had our mare fitted by a saddleshop and it appears to fit pretty well. Hubby is a bit of a heavier rider and went out Sunday using his 3/4" Toklat wool pad. The sweat pattern was dry where the saddle made contact and wet around the edges. I am thinking maybe the pad is too thick? Yesterday I took her out as an experiment with an old maybe 1/2" foam professinal choice I had but not used in years. She had a perfect sweat pattern, but I am wondering if that is enough protection for her? My plan was to get a 5-star pad but is 1/2" really enough to protect her? She is built a tad downhill and I could feel that a bit and saddle is a 17". Looking at it from the back it sticks up like a V which doesn't look right and I used the backstrap as well. Any advise or comments, I want to get her new pad in the next couple weeks. Thanks all. Can't post pix right now, can't find the cable to upload to computer.