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. :)
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