What is the best western saddle pad?

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    04-08-2011, 12:23 AM
Post What is the best western saddle pad?

I'm going to have to get a new saddle pad this year, most likely, I was just wondering what the best is. I don't want to spend a whole lot more that 100$ on one. I was thinking more of a cut out because the pad I have now (fits properly and is properly placed) rubs at the bottom of her mane and bunches up a bit. I see these pads that have high withers, would that do any good or would cut out be the best. Wool? Sythetic? So many options.
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    04-08-2011, 02:37 AM
Do you ride western or english? I don't know anything about english, but for western my top 2 choices are the 5 Star and the Impact gel pads. Can't go wrong with either one of them, even used.
    04-08-2011, 02:51 AM
I just ordered a Francis Gauthier Lami-Cell close contact western pad for $75.00 so I'll let you know what I think of it once I get it. We actually ordered two, one for me and one for my fiance.
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    04-09-2011, 01:15 AM
Something wool. Diamond Wool is a cheaper, but still high-quality, brand.
Check the sales catalogs, too. Sometimes you can find good Professional's Choice and Classic Equine pads marked down after the color is discontinued. All three brands are very good.
    04-09-2011, 01:36 AM
I have a Reinsman Tacky Too pad that I love. But some horses have a serious issue with Tacky Too and hate the feeling. Easy to clean, just hose off the bottom and you're good to go.
    04-09-2011, 02:49 AM
The thing about neoprene is that it builds up heat and doesn't wick moisture away, though. The cleanability factor is a plus, as is the antimicrobial benefit, but I don't think those outweigh the negatives.
    04-09-2011, 02:58 AM
I agree. In the summer, I plan to stick my wool blanket underneath.

I'm fairly certain the majority of the pads I've used are wool. Or at least had a wool blanket underneath.
    04-09-2011, 06:51 AM
Originally Posted by mliponoga    
I just ordered a Francis Gauthier Lami-Cell close contact western pad for $75.00 so I'll let you know what I think of it once I get it. We actually ordered two, one for me and one for my fiance.
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I would love to hear how it works out for you.

Thanks for the imput everyone
    04-10-2011, 12:06 AM
I would stick with Wool. Although you don't want to spend over $100, it's really worth saving up for a 5 star, tod slone, classic equine, impact gel or twenty x pad. (Wool pads!) They last a long time, and are great! I got my Tod Slone pretty used but in good condition for 70 dollars, and it is still working completely fine a few months later. My horse has really high withers, and it fits his back perfectly, and my friend's horse has like no withers, and she has a 5 star and it fits her horse perfectly too!

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