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.
The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears. ~Arabian Proverb