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    10-01-2012, 11:19 PM
  #11
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by nikelodeon79    
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 don't care for Professional's Choice because I don't find them that breathable. Of course mine are really old, so maybe they make them different now days.

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.
     
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    10-01-2012, 11:23 PM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
I love the Pro Choice ESP pads. It's what I would use if I rode western. They have a contoured back, are made if breathable wool and memory foam in the middle.
(I used to work in a tack store.)
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Professional's Choice isn't the maker of the ESP pads..It's Classic Equine, and the ESP pads are awesome. I swear by them, it's all I use now but I'd love to try an Impact Gel and the Best Ever pads..


Not a fan of Pro Chice pads, in my experience they slip and seem cheaper made than others, especially the Charmayne James pads.
     
    10-02-2012, 11:17 AM
  #13
Green Broke
Ha, didn't realize this was your thread..Oh well..

Smith Brothers Western Horse Tack

This is a smaller pad.
Classic Equine ESP Wool Top Pad - Smith Brothers

Classic Equine Contour Pedic Square Saddle Pad - Smith Brothers

This is my pad and I lurves it..Fits and wears so great..I'm getting the same pad in another color for my black mare.
http://www.nrsworld.com/classic/esp-...m-32x34--12984

I've heard this is a fantastic pad, and on the smaller size. I'd love to try it.
BioFit Correction Pad Equibrand (Supplies Tack - Saddle Accessories - Pads)
     
    10-18-2012, 09:29 PM
  #14
Trained
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Originally Posted by SouthernTrailsGA    
What are the dimensions of these? I looked on the link and couldn't find any measurements.

As I said, I am shopping too. I am torn between the Reismans Tacky Too and the Weaver AP contour at this point. Do you put an underpad on to keep the dirt away from the pad? Because I don't want layers.

What about keeping any of these clean? I currently have pads that I can put in a HD washer, but I wouldn't want to put either of these, or the felt pad above in a washing machine. What do you all do to keep your pads clean?
     
    10-18-2012, 09:37 PM
  #15
Trained
I can only say what 5 star recommends with their felt ones-de hair ( I use one of those lava block thingys, but a curry and brush work too. THen hang it up and hose it off. Takes a bit to dry, but they wash well.
     
    10-18-2012, 10:25 PM
  #16
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by DrumRunner    


Not a fan of Pro Chice pads, in my experience they slip and seem cheaper made than others, especially the Charmayne James pads.
^^^I agree! They are horrible.

Every once in a while I get a big bug up my butt and think I need a fancy expensive pad.

Then I go back to the good 'ol stand by
Diamond Wool Contoured Rancher Pad - Smith Brothers
(this was just the first link that popped up, I don't pay that much for these pads, I can find them from $45-$65, if I shop around)
     
    10-18-2012, 10:55 PM
  #17
Yearling
I've been shopping for a pad and I have noticed some pads are labeled as barrel saddle pads. I just picked up a barrel saddle and my original square wool blanket pad seems huge under this saddle.

Can someone comment on the barrel pads and their contoured cut?

Thank you!
     
    10-18-2012, 11:27 PM
  #18
Super Moderator
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Originally Posted by enh817    
I will only use 100% wool felt pads. In my opinion they compress best for shock absorption and they keep the back cooler than others

This is the one I have and I love it!
Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Mustang Wool Contour Wool Pad

They also have a thicker, 1 inch one
Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Mustang 1" Wool Contour Pad

And I also have this wool liner that I use under navajo blankets so they don't get dirty
Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Wool Pad Protector

For the money, that pad in the first link is the best I have seen. Just because a pad says "felt" does not mean it is wool, and just becuase it says "wool" does not mean it has a high percentage of wool. That Mustang pad had all the best features:
Wither cut out, leather top/gullet area, leather guard at cinch area, and pad cut away from under this to help keep the cinch close to the body of the horse. ALL wool, simple funcional and cheap. What more can you ask?

Keep in mind the length of any pad you buy. If you horse is short backed, don't get one that is long. Look for a shorter one, like 30 inches instead of 32 or 34.
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    10-18-2012, 11:40 PM
  #19
Green Broke
Sam, I only use the Classic Equine ESP pads with my barrel saddle.. love them..the countoured pads are NICE..

Stay far away from the Professional's Choice pads..especially the Charmayne James barrel pad, that thing is crap and just selling a name..
     
    10-18-2012, 11:51 PM
  #20
Ink
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrumRunner    
Ha, didn't realize this was your thread..Oh well..

Smith Brothers Western Horse Tack

This is a smaller pad.
Classic Equine ESP Wool Top Pad - Smith Brothers

Classic Equine Contour Pedic Square Saddle Pad - Smith Brothers

This is my pad and I lurves it..Fits and wears so great..I'm getting the same pad in another color for my black mare.
CLASSIC - ESP II Wool Top Chocolate/Fuchsia/Cream 32x34 - NRSworld.com

I've heard this is a fantastic pad, and on the smaller size. I'd love to try it.
BioFit Correction Pad Equibrand (Supplies Tack - Saddle Accessories - Pads)

I would definitely recommend getting one of the contoured pads if you go that route. I bought one of the ESP wool top pads, and it refused to shape to my horse's back, and she has hardly any withers. I gave it a few months to break in, but it still caused my saddle to bridge. I finally gave up on it and bought one of these: CACTUS SADDLERY :: Makers of fine, hand-crafted saddles

I absolutely love that pad. It took me a while to find a place to order one from, but it's a bit less than the 5 Star pads and still 100% wool. I'm a firm believer in the wool felt pads after riding in this one. I think I paid about $80 for mine, if I remember right.
     

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