I'm eventually going to be riding Dressage but while my horse is green and I'm still learning the proper position, my trainer wants me in a Western saddle. That's fine with me, since I feel more secure (I've ridden western my entire life) and I planned on getting a Western saddle for trail riding, anyway.
My trainer prefers Pro Choice or thick wool pads. What brands/types of pad would you guys recommend?
I like thick wool felt myself. Impact Gels are probably my favorite (the felt ones) and 5-Stars are fantastic too (but even pricier). Really, any nice wool felt pad should do the trick. I also like to use a single layer Mayatex wool blanket under my pad to keep it clean. The blanket is easier to wash than a thick pad. But that is optional.