Thanks for the input everyone! I'm definitely leaning more towards a wool felt pad (5 Star or similar). I am a heavier rider, so I'd like to put a little extra protection for my horse. Also, I'm just starting out with my horse, Lucy, so we will be working our way up to longer rides.
Anyone out there with experience with the Saddleright or Wyngz RidezCool pads? I'd really like some feedback on those two pads before I commit :) Posted via Mobile Device
I personally like the 5 star. BUT, if you google both of those pads youwant to know about, there is info out there, including reviews, and even a discussion from a year ago about the Saddleright on the Chronicle Forum.
Thanks for everyone's input! My saddle fits Lucy well, so that isn't an issue. I've decided to go with the 5 Star pad - they seem to get the most recommendations from users, and I was leaning that way anyhow.
Any suggestions on thickness? The longest our rides will ever really get up to is probably 3 hours. I am a little on the heavier side, don't know if that makes a difference or not. I'm thinking 1" just to cover all the bases...?
I have a 3/4" 5 star, that I use with another "pretty" pad over it, so together it is about 1". I did this based on the recommendation of one of my trainers. I am now saving to get another 5 star, but will get a 1" for the days I am too lazy to put on both pads.......So, I guess it depends on whether you want to have something "pretty" on top or not. I also got the butterfly shaped 5 star, since my saddle has a butterfly skirt......LOVE it.
I always think I need a new age horribly overpriced pad, and then when it is all said and done I just go back to the good 'ol standby. A good quality wool pad. LOL
I have been using Diamond Wool pads for years. They are 100% wool and not horribly expensive. And Like Franknbeans said, you can buy a variety of wool blanket toppers. I also buy different thicknesses to accommodate weight changes or different horses.
Right now I have 2 clasic equine pads. I tend to replace my pads about every 2 years. Sell them before they get to bad and replace them. Right now I have a wool top and battom and a wool top and neoprein bottom. I use a english baby pad under the wool bottom one to help keep it clean. Works well. I like this pad for my everyday riding. The others one I use for shows. Like that I can just wash it off and then put it on anouther horse real fast.
Both have wool tips so I can change out blankets on the top when I am showing so in the long run I can change the look without spending a lot of money on new saddle pads.