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post #1 of 27 Old 07-25-2012, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Which of these saddle pads do you recommend?

I have been researching saddle pads for a couple of weeks now (I suffer from a debilitating case of "comparison shopping for the best combo of function and value"itis) and I've narrowed it down to a number of pads that look good, but that I cannot decide between. I'd like feedback from people on their opinions and experiences with these pads, please :) I trail ride almost daily, so I want a pad that will be really comfortable for my horse.

-5 Star brand, 1 inch thick felt pad
-Saddleright brand pad
-Wyngz brand, RidezCool pad (have been unable to find many user reviews on this pad, but if it works as well as is claimed it sounds amazing)
-Classic Equine brand, ESP felt top & bottom pad
-Proffesionals Choice Brand, one of the SMx Air ride pads (maybe the roper elite model as I want a contoured pad)
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post #2 of 27 Old 07-25-2012, 05:38 PM
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You trail ride how fast ? How far ? In what kinda saddle ?

For western, Aussi, or Endurance, and lots of miles go for a Tucker cool back or wool back fleece pad, They are easy too clean and fairly economical. Eather that or pretty much any wool felt pad of about an inch thick. reinsman canvas back pads are pretty decent pads for generaly walking trail ride western pads.
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I would also like to hear of some good saddle pads. I currently have a Reinsman Tacky Too Contour M2 pad -- non slip neoprene, thin wool felt core and extra padding and I like it, my horse likes it but it's pretty well built up. As she's gaining all her extra weight, I'm hoping it still fits with her saddle (though I have a super comfy FQHB Circle Y Flex Tree saddle for that reason!) I also would love to hear feedback on the "Professional's Choice SMX" pads. :)

LaceyLou, not sure if you've hear of or seen the Reinsman M2 pads, they are very light, minimal slip and seem very comfortable for my sensitive mare. I also purchased mine for $90/ free ship on ebay. Pretty colors, too!
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You trail ride how fast ? How far ? In what kinda saddle ?

For western, Aussi, or Endurance, and lots of miles go for a Tucker cool back or wool back fleece pad, They are easy too clean and fairly economical. Eather that or pretty much any wool felt pad of about an inch thick. reinsman canvas back pads are pretty decent pads for generaly walking trail ride western pads.

We mostly go at a walking pace, but do some trot and canter. Our rides are generally an hour or longer in a western saddle. I haven't heard of the Tucker brand. I will check those out. I think I am leaning towards the all wool felt pads for the compression resistance and moisture wicking ability, but the lighter weight and easy cleaning of the foam type pads (like the Wyngz) appeal to me, too. But, I've heard that the foam or neoprene pads can trap too much heat and not allow the horse to cool down - and I've heard the exact opposite about them, too. So I don't know which is accurate. If I knew that the foam/neoprene wouldn't overheat my horse I would most likely go with that type of pad.
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I would also like to hear of some good saddle pads. I currently have a Reinsman Tacky Too Contour M2 pad -- non slip neoprene, thin wool felt core and extra padding and I like it, my horse likes it but it's pretty well built up. As she's gaining all her extra weight, I'm hoping it still fits with her saddle (though I have a super comfy FQHB Circle Y Flex Tree saddle for that reason!) I also would love to hear feedback on the "Professional's Choice SMX" pads. :)

LaceyLou, not sure if you've hear of or seen the Reinsman M2 pads, they are very light, minimal slip and seem very comfortable for my sensitive mare. I also purchased mine for $90/ free ship on ebay. Pretty colors, too!

I was initially looking at the Reinsman Tacky Too M2 pads. They sound great based on how they are meant to perform. I read some reviews from people saying that they pulled out their horses hair, or we're too hot, though and that made me hesitant. It sounds like you've had good luck with yours, though. Have you had any negatives with that pad? They are less expensive than a lot of the pads I've liked, so that would be good, but I don't want to buy a $90 pad and then end up needing to buy a $160+ pad because the less expensive one didn't work, ya know? But if a more affordable pad works, I'm all for it :)
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I use nice wool pad (like 5-star or Impact Gel) with a single layer Mayatex blanket underneath. That keeps the thick pad clean and the blankets are easy to wash in a tub of water when they get dirty. And I frequently to 4-5 hour (mostly walking) trail rides.
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post #7 of 27 Old 07-26-2012, 12:53 AM
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With the neoprene pads, sometimes I've hear of the "grip" working too well and pulling on the hair. At the ranch where I ride, they use these pads on some horses, but lay a think cotton (old sheet, cut to side of pad) between the horse and the pad to eliminate this issue. This is a vented neoprene (waffle weave with holes throughout) so I have not had over heating issues. But I guess every horse will be different ;) Good luck in your search!!
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5-Star..lovem!
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5-star-all they way. And at 1" you need nothing else. I use a 3/4 so I can use the "pretty" balnket on top of it. I would have nothing else other than the soft wool of the 5-star next to my horse. Defeats the purpose of spending all the $$.
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post #10 of 27 Old 07-28-2012, 02:50 AM
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with the short easy rides you are doing its not that critical. Id go for something basic like a reinsman fleece pad.
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