If I am at a barrel race or a reining/cowhorse show I want something to protect the impact on my horse's back. I really like Won pads, Impact Gels, Tacky Toos, or CSI pads. I really want to try the Zone pad from Classic Equine too.
However, for light summer trail rides or workouts I have a felt pad that is very thin and has the open breathe strip down the back so they won't get too hot. If there is anything strenuous though, I go back to my higher quality pads.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.