Awesome article Iride, cuts out the clutter, and makes me believe I should have went with my common sense a LOT sooner!
I also asked this question on another forum and got several 5 Star suggestions too.
I am researching them all.
I'm also confused about going with one that's an inch thick.
I think that would make "close contact" with your horse a lot harder?
The big name trainers seem to use an inch thick one. I'm sure they work their horses a lot harder than me though.
But, at the same time, I have an older gelding who is starting to lose his muscle tone in the back and I think an inch pad might be ok for him.
Lots to think about.
But, I have two cheap neoprene ones I need to replace, so will be taking the plunge by spring.