Originally Posted by Saddle Gal
The better your saddle fits, the less important the saddle pad.
Amen to that! I just switched to a Classic Equine ESP pad, and it took care of the dry spots my saddle was leaving. I'm having a new saddle custom built, but at least now I don't feel as bad about riding in the old one while I wait for it to get here.
The only thing I've noticed about the ESP pads is it takes a bit longer for them to break in and conform to your horse's back.