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post #11 of 15 Old 11-19-2013, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hi again! What saddle pads are in your pictures that you use mammakatja? I'm looking for a short round saddle pad.
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post #12 of 15 Old 11-20-2013, 09:59 AM
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Hi again! What saddle pads are in your pictures that you use mammakatja? I'm looking for a short round saddle pad.
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Both of the pads pictured are Reinsman. They are the tacky too's and the cut is their "trail pad" style. As you can see, both my saddles have very low rigging so I need that drop on my pads. These pads are 34x30. I bought them from Stateline a couple of years ago. They don't seem to have this style in the Reinsman anymore but they switched to a brand named Tucker that seems to be just about the exact same thing. You can still find the Reinsman trail pad at other places but their prices sure have gone up. I only paid around $75 for mine. Now they seem to range in the $90's. I also recently bought a Diamond Wool pad in their endurance cut style because I wanted a wool pad and the endurance cut also has the low 34" drop. It cost me $71 shipping included. I need to get a picture of it on my horse.

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Just remember: A cheap price tag often means cheap materials, when it comes to brand new saddles.

And I hate Tacky Too pads. I don't think they conform to a horse's back correctly. My personal preferences, I guess. I feel like the pad looks awful tight on your horse's withers in the second picture, mammakatja.

OP, if you are on a tight budget, I would recommend you look for a used saddle. One that is a quality name with quality materials. You asked about Lynn McKenzie, and she has great saddles. Examples: Billy Cook, Triple Creek, Caldwell, Tex Tan, Hereford, Circle Y (older Circle Y's are honestly better quality than newer ones, I think).

In general, the vast majority of barrel saddles (especially round) will be 25 pounds or lighter.

I myself have never seen a Rider's Choice saddle in person, so I can't comment on them. It sounds very similar to what Corriente does.

For saddle pads, my favorites are 5 Star and Impact Gel. Spendy, yes. Worth it? Yes.

Impact Gel doesn't have a perfectly rounded-looking pad but they do have one designed for barrels.
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5 star has a rounded pad too (click on the pictures to see it)
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I didn't have the pad pulled into the gullet really well in that second picture. I did better with the black pad. It's the same horse and the pads are the same size, just different colors. They are contoured and fit pretty decent on this particular horse who doesn't have much withers. I originally bought this particular Tacky Too pad for my husband who is a little heavier and couldn't get his saddle to stay put while mounting. It did help him. I ended up falling in love with the shape for my low rigged barrel saddles. And it does OK for occasional riding, but it's not quite as thick as I would like it and it does make my horse sweat in the summer. I've just recently bought my Diamond Wool pad and I'm totally sold on it. I love the endurance cut shape and I love the soft wool and the price is very fair. My horse has literally shown me a difference in attitude and willingness with this new pad. So the Reinsmans are going to my kids. LOL! I wish I could afford a 5 Star but that'll never happen in this lifetime. Not on a teacher's salary anyway. But hey, I'll gladly receive one as a gift any time someone feels like showering me with one. ;)
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My Corriente was less than $600 new. They're made in New Mexico and I really like it. I don't believe they make round skirts though.
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