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post #11 of 13 Old 03-25-2013, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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I'd love to have the extra $$ to put into a schooling pad, but it's just not practical in my situation. Of course, I'm sure my trainer would LOVE to see me get some nice western tack and do some western dressage with my horse, lol. I'm not into either of those disciplines much, though.

Wow, HnA, I had no idea that's how involved the saddle pads are. It certainly goes a long way to helping me understand how to shop for saddle pads! I am fortunate in that my horse has mutton withers, so I don't have to worry as much about the non-contour pads being too uncomfortable. That's actually what I use now, but it's that crummy fleece stuff and is 1 1/8" thick. It's just too much pad and the bottom has gotten to the point that it's becoming unusable (I bought it used to begin with).

bsms, that Ranch Tough pad looks almost perfect! I just wish it wasn't so long. It'd definitely rub all over my horse's croup area. Btw, I love your appy's coloring! I'm partial to grays and partial grays. (I just chuckled at the way I typed that) :)

I do plan on sending a question to the dealer and ask them which measurement is which for the Brookside pad. Too bad I'm just not one of those ultra lucky people who finds those amazing deals. Lol. I came to terms with that years ago, though.

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post #12 of 13 Old 03-25-2013, 11:53 PM
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Usually the first number in the pad measurement is the length of the pad.(down the spine) and the second number should be side to side.( bottom from one side over the back to the bottom of the pad on the opposite side.)

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post #13 of 13 Old 03-26-2013, 12:01 AM
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Originally Posted by bsms View Post
Here is what I've been using with Trooper for about 1.5 years ($62):

Ranch Tough Contoured Pad

The girl who rides Trooper 90% of the time only weighs around 115, and most of our rides are around 1 hour, so we're not talking heavy use. We usually use it by itself.

With a heavier rider or more intense riding, I'd think about putting more money into the pad. For our light use, this one has held up well, and I've never seen any sign of tenderness in Trooper's back when rubbing him down after the ride.

BTW - Trooper is the Appy in this picture:

My wife rides that pad also. It's a nice pad. I recently bought a locally made pad that is very similar but I like better. My pad is sewn nicer and the leather is better. The felt is very similar though so how much it matters to the horse between the two I think is neglegicable.
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