Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
I realize that money is tight everywhere. That being said, unfortunately, there are no quality pads that exist for $50 or under. There are pads that sell for that amount but nothing that is going to do your horse any justice.
There are ways to cheapen up on tack but saddle pad shouldn't be one of them. It is a barrier between you, your saddle, and his back. Save your $50 and use a second pad on top of what you already have until you have saved enough for a good pad.
I've used many different pads over the past 30+ years of ownership and by far the best pad I've ever owned, and the one I'll always use, is the 5 Star. It isn't expensive when you consider what it does, how it's made, what it is made of, and how long it will last you. You will go through 4 or 5 cheap pads before you ever wear out a 5 Star. I'll agree with golden Horse on that pad.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
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