MK, I started my horses in Western saddle and did lots of trail riding for while. I really liked Reinsman pad I got from my local TSC. It stayed in great shape with all the use and washing I did (I eventually sold it when I switched to English). Of course you can look into more expensive ones (like SMX pads), but those $60+ I paid for my Reinsman definitely was not waste of money and still on reasonable side. :)
SMX Air Ride pads are worthless IMHO. I have never had a more ill-fitting pad, and it slipped all over the place....:/
Really?? I'm quite surprised to hear that. Granted I never bought one for myself (as I never had a need, and they are quite pricey), but people working with cutting horses around here definitely prefer them over everything else.