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post #11 of 15 Old 06-03-2012, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by MissKriss View Post
Thanks guys!
Out of curiousity, do either pads help keep the horses back somewhat cool? Or relieve pressure?
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For a better back protection you can look into Western Thinline pad (that goes on top of the usual pad as an extra). It's not cheap, but it really works (I have one I use under my english saddles every time I ride). With my Reinsman I never had an issue with my horse being over-heat (I did trail ride up to 3 hours). What I wouldn't recommend is those non-slip pads with neoprene on bottom: they don't soak the sweat, and the horse can get quite hot.

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post #12 of 15 Old 06-03-2012, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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I think ill look into those reinsman pads!! ThAnks for your guys' help!

(P.S. please still feel free to comment your favorite western pads, i like the feedback! :)
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Gooood morning!! :).

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post #14 of 15 Old 06-04-2012, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse View Post
SMX Air Ride pads are worthless IMHO. I have never had a more ill-fitting pad, and it slipped all over the place....:/
Interesting. We own several and use them on our penning/sorting cattle horses. If they had a tendency to slip, we'd have major problems. Never an issue. Well worth the money.
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post #15 of 15 Old 06-07-2012, 06:39 AM
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I like just about any thick (3/4 -1 inch) wool/wool blend pad.

If I had all the money in the world and could buy any saddle pad, this would be the one -- 5 Star Wool Saddle Pad
But I can't justify paying more than like $150, so I go for a cheaper variation of the one linked. Classic Equine makes some pretty good ones.

I look for straight wool/blend, no neoprene or anything like that. Definitely none of that gel business. I like the contour pads and the wither cutout.

I then have some pretty mayatex blankets that I will use over the wool pad, if I want a nicer look. I know people who put a blanket under their wool pad, since you can't really clean the wool pads (other than taking a hard brush to them), so they just wash the blanket. But I like having the wool pad in direct contact with the horse's back, because I feel that wool keeps their back coolest.
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