"Special" Treeless saddle pads - necessary?
Let's get a discussion going!
Do you think that "treeless saddle pads" are necessary for a treeless saddle, or will a "regular" saddle pad work just as well?
(Assuming a properly fitting saddle, of course)
A lot of people that I know with treeless saddles use Limpet brand pads, which just don't work for my horse. They're not supposed to slip, but on my horse they do. There's a few horses that I know on whom those saddle pads just slip, and in one case, while riding, she's often actually LOST the pad because it slipped out totally. They wear out, crack, and need replaced after a couple of years. For the big price tag, I would expect more life out of a "special" pad.
So, assuming a properly fitting treeless saddle, is a saddle pad marketed as a treeless saddle pad REALLY necessary?
I have to admit that a the saddle pad hoarder in me really wants to come out and have a huge collection of pretty saddle pads, but I am holding the beast at bay.
(For the record, I ride treeless and am using a saddle pad marketed as a treeless saddle pad, so let's avoid assumptions).