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post #1 of 4 Old 11-20-2010, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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What Kind of Saddle Pad?

I ride western, mostly trails, some shows and some gymkanhas. Right now I have a SMX Air Ride Saddle Pad. I Need another pad for when 2 people ride. I am happy with my smx other then it is a little noisy. Pro's and cons of other pads? I will not go with gel, because the gel moves away from the pressure points. But what about wool? or any other kinds? if i was rich i would buy a csi saddle pad...
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-20-2010, 06:51 PM
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I just get the cheapy type saddle pads and have yet to have a problem from any of them even riding horses hard every day, I never notice any of them with a sore back. Not to mention they are easy to clean and cheap to replace.

This is the brand that I have been using for a while and am pretty darn happy with.
Apache Southwest Saddle Pad: Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com
Only bad thing I have to say about them is that I wish they were 32x32 instead of 30x32

ETA: I just found these that are bigger but still nearly identical (not nearly so colorful though).

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post #3 of 4 Old 11-20-2010, 09:14 PM
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I have an SMX air ride pad as well, of all of my saddle pads it is the one that I ride the least. I prefer wool over fleece, my favorite being the Diamond Wool rancher pads.

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-20-2010, 10:56 PM
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I used Reinsman pad and was very happy with it.
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