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post #1 of 8 Old 10-20-2011, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Western saddle pad - recommendations please

I have a pad that is several years old, stiff, extremely dirty and stinky. It's also a burdock and bur catcher. I don't need a pad that is super thick but it can't be a slim one either. I mainly do trailriding and hoping to start barrels this spring. What blankets do you have?

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-21-2011, 09:06 AM
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that is really two completely differnt things and you really need two differerent pads, You wouldnt expect a dragster to make a good cross country RV would ya ?
You can spend 3 times the money but I don't think you will ever get three times the pad of a simple Reinsman pad. They run 70 to 90 bucks. I think I just saw one on here actually. I would get wool felt for the trails, a bit more padding, will pull sweat away and wont bind or rub raw marks. It also doesnt pic up as much burs as the fleece.
For the barrels get the same pad but the Tacky too grip bottom. Maybe a hair thinner but still enough padding and it grips better. For barrels your not as worried about sweat absorption or rub marks and more concerned with saddle staying put.

For the same or maybe a bit less I really havent had any complaints about the Abetta canvas topped pads, they have fleece, wool felt and tacky bottoms to choose from. They just don't make em to fit my dropp rigged tucker style endurance saddle.
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There were a couple of recent threads about this same subject. It became apparent on those threads that Joe and I disagree on this, since I think some of the pricier pads are well worth the $$. Personally, I love the 5 star. You can get whatever thisckness you want. I have a 3/4 inch I use under a "pretty" saddle blanket.....for reining, so grip is not an issue. I also trail ride in it. I do believe they make a barrel racer, not 100% on that tho. The other one I know is good is CSI. I am one who believes in excellent quality 100% wool felt. There is no substitute, IMO.

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post #4 of 8 Old 10-21-2011, 10:34 AM
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5 star pads are amazing. Due to my budget though I settled for Reinsman felt roper pad. They work pretty good for everything. We trail ride in them, rope- obviously, and I use mine for barrel racing as well. My bf's one the stitching on the leather is letting go that's my only problem with them. A lot of people like smx air ride pads. I have one and they are fine but I cannot get over how light they are. I have one orthosport for my tb barrel mare. I also have an impact gel that I use on my old guy. It has been used and abused for over 6 years now and has stood up very well for trails, barrels, showing, roping etc. I have a classic equine esp pad too. Its a pretty good pad as well.

If money allows it, buy a 5 star. Or my second choice would be an impact gel. If you need a pretty decent quality pad but money won't allow you to splurge go for a reinsman roper felt pad. I have not had any issues with this pad slipping during barrels.
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I actually just use a basic saddle pad, nothing too fancy or expensive. My saddle fits well and I haven't had any problems.

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post #6 of 8 Old 10-21-2011, 04:18 PM
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I have used many different pads, but will never ever regret paying out the money and buying a 5 star equine pad, I love that pad, I wish I had taken the plunge and bought a decent pad years ago rather than messing about all this time.

It is always my recommendation to anyone, and I know about saving money, and yes they are expensive, but worth every cent to me, and more importantly to the horses.
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Put me in the cheap category, although I might change if I thought I could take up barrel racing without inspiring insane laughter from the public.

I like wool felt - just a simple wool felt pad. Mine is 1/2", although I might replace it with a thicker one. I put it under a heavy wool Navajo blanket - I'm using one that is New Zealand wool & very thick.

My gelding has a very short back and very high withers, so pads like the Tacky Too just don't fit. It doesn't go far enough forward with his withers, and at the same time hits his hip in the rear. I've had a chance to use it with some larger horses, tho, and it worked great with them.

I've also had good success with putting the wool blanket UNDER the felt pad, but it just looks weird. In the end, saddle fit is the critical thing. The better your saddle fits, the less the padding matters. My much lighter daughter-in-law can get away with just using the Navajo blanket, with no sign of discomfort from Trooper. I'm a little bit too...well, "prosperous"...for that!
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Thanks for everyone's advise and suggestions. I'll have some tough decisions to make. It'll definitely depend on how much I can save by spring time.

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