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    08-07-2012, 10:00 AM
Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
Of those pads the 5 star and the Clasic Equine are the best. The Pro choice are nice but I find them move around too much.

When it comes to saddle pads you get what you pay for so do not skimp or think a cheap pad will do.
I am going to guess the moving around has to do with the horse/rider/saddle combo. I use SMX/Pro Choice on my "A" horse for everything we do and do not have an issue.

Also have Classic Equine - it was the only one at the time we could find short enough for my compact mare. I like that too.

OP - as far as thickness - it depends on how your saddle fits. Too thick and it could cause pinching or pressure points.
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    08-07-2012, 12:19 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
I am going to guess the moving around has to do with the horse/rider/saddle combo. I use SMX/Pro Choice on my "A" horse for everything we do and do not have an issue.
Could be but I think it was more that the saddle pad was a bit on the old side and was not holding up well. As it work OK when it was new and over time I started having issues with it. Have not had any problems with the Classic Equine pads. Even as they age.

Also have Classic Equine - it was the only one at the time we could find short enough for my compact mare. I like that too.

OP - as far as thickness - it depends on how your saddle fits. Too thick and it could cause pinching or pressure points.

I agree about the thinkness. I do not really like anything over a 3/4 inch pad. I have had some 1 inch and sold them fast. Just too much bulk. Keep in mind that more is not better a lot of times.
    08-07-2012, 03:52 PM
Sounds like you're looking at western pads. I use a Classic Equine pad with my western saddle. It's not the one you're looking at but it is the same brand and I really like it, so I'd recommend the Classic Equine one.

When I was looking for a good pad for my western saddle, a knowledgeable friend of mine actually recommended against the SMX Air Ride pads. She had one horse get a sore back from one of those pads. I'm sure lots of other people like them and get great results, but I wasn't willing to gamble!
    08-09-2012, 03:03 PM
Well, I got a 1" thick 5 Star and after trying it for a of couple short rides I think it might be a little more thick than we need. Plus, with all the good additional input I've gotten on this thread (thanks everyone) I'm thinking I should return it for a 7/8" thick pad.I know it's not a huge difference, but it is less bulk. I'm afraid 3/4" wouldn't be enough with me being heavier...?

Another observation I had is that my mare's back felt pretty hot after the couple trial runs with the 5 star pad. The pad I have now is a no name wool felt bottom (seems like not great quality felt as I can see strands of synthetic material in the felt) with a weaved blanket top attached to it (a little under 1" total thickness), and her back hasn't ever felt that hot before.
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    08-10-2012, 07:41 PM
The Reinsman Tacky Too (there are several different models) is nice. It seems to keep the saddle from slipping. It does not irritate my mare's skin.
    02-20-2014, 01:50 PM
Update: Almost two years later!

About 5 months into getting my mare, after I originally started this thread, I got a nice used Crates saddle that fits her perfectly. It came with a 1 inch thick Diamond Wool felt pad (not contoured, not 100% wool, with a little bit of a cutback at the wither). This one: Diamond Wool Pads - Products - Wool Liners & Pads I used that pad for awhile and it worked OK, but I wanted a pad that was contoured with the cut out above the wither (basically the style of the 5-Star pads). My local tack store had some 5-star pads in stock and I was going to go with one of those, based on so many people being really happy with that brand, but they didn't have any color combos that would go well color wise with my saddle. I'm kind of picky about that even though I know it's not a big deal for someone who doesn't show; but, my saddle is that typical Crates' "Chestnut" that has quite a bit of orange to it and it clashes with a lot of colors. I ended up finding a Classic Equine 100% wool felt pad, 3/4 or 1 inch thick - can't remember right now, that matches my saddle colors to a T. It's the same style as the 5-Star pads, so I was happy. Not sure if this is the exact same one, but like this Wool 1'' Felt Equibrand (Supplies Tack - Saddle Accessories - Pads) After a year of using this pad I am very happy with it and it works great with my saddle and for my horse - never any issues with a sore back or overheating! And over this past summer we were riding a lot. 1.5 hour lessons 2 times per week and trails rides of approx. 2 hours 4 times per week.

So, now that I have some experience of my own with a few different types of pads, I definitely recommend a 100% wool felt pad from any of the better quality brands (Classic Equine, 5-Star, Diamond Wool, etc). Still haven't tried any of the different types of neoprene pads, but I'm happy with what I've got :)
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    02-22-2014, 11:04 PM
I'm a convert .... 100% wool felt pads are awesome. I'm riding the Circle Y Julie Goodnight 3/4" wool felt pad that is contoured, has a wither cutout, and is cut close contact for a nice close contact ride. Love love this pad.

Monarch Arena Performance/Trail Pad #0066

I should say though I have the Julie Goodnight Peak Performance Reiner (Sierra Nevada saddle) to go with the pad. Can I just say this is the BEST SADDLE EVER!

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