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    12-02-2011, 10:39 PM
  #1
Foal
Looking for a pad, help!

I'm switching to Zebra tack, and am also in need of a new pad, need suggestions! I'm either going to get an all black pad, or one with zebra border, not all zebra. I have found some pads and need reviews or suggestions, I would like to keep it $150 or less, preferably less but I know that's hard for a good pad.

I would be using it as an every day saddle for training and barrels

#1
WPX1- Won Pad Exotic Zebra Saddle Pad

#2
ARAA- Professional's Choice SMx Air Ride All-Around Saddle Pad

#3
ARSB- Professional's Choice Charmayne James SMx Air Ride and Air Ride OrthoSport Barrel Saddle Pad


Doesn't have to be any of these, or from this site, was just on here and found these for like $30 less than other sites
     
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    12-02-2011, 10:44 PM
  #2
Weanling
I've had 2 PC SMX pads, love them!
     
    12-02-2011, 10:45 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by Duren    
I've had 2 PC SMX pads, love them!
choice #2?
     
    12-02-2011, 11:02 PM
  #4
Weanling
I think whatever style would work best for what you are going to be doing.
     
    12-03-2011, 05:51 PM
  #5
Foal
Ok thanks!

Has anyone used pads like the 1st one, with the openings in the top? I have never used one or seen someone using one?
     
    12-03-2011, 07:25 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by BarrelAddict    
Ok thanks!

Has anyone used pads like the 1st one, with the openings in the top? I have never used one or seen someone using one?

I have never used it, but I hate those neoprene pads.

Also your 3rd choice, I have used them, my biggest gripe about those is they are like two seperate pads sewn together where your horses spine would be.
When I place the saddle on my horses back I pull the pad upwards in the forks of my saddle so the pad isn't tight over the top of the withers(I hope this making sense). So after I cinch up and everything settles the pad always ended up being a little crooked, (which is my biggest pet peeve, I actually have reoccurring nightmares about it) because of that weird slack where the two pieces are sewn together.

This probably wouldn't bother anyone else but me, especially if you don't adjust your pad like I do.
Anyhow it's tough spending that much money on a pad you might end up hating....I know I have a tack room full of them. I always go back to the good 'ol standby, the old fashioned Diamond 100% wool pads and a wool blanket on top.
     
    12-03-2011, 07:58 PM
  #7
Started
I love Professionals Choice pads.

I am actually getting Zebra tack for christmas for my new gelding, and I bought a black Classic Equine pad, but PC is just as good.
     
    12-03-2011, 08:33 PM
  #8
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
I have never used it, but I hate those neoprene pads.

Also your 3rd choice, I have used them, my biggest gripe about those is they are like two seperate pads sewn together where your horses spine would be.
When I place the saddle on my horses back I pull the pad upwards in the forks of my saddle so the pad isn't tight over the top of the withers(I hope this making sense). So after I cinch up and everything settles the pad always ended up being a little crooked, (which is my biggest pet peeve, I actually have reoccurring nightmares about it) because of that weird slack where the two pieces are sewn together.
is it the same for #2? Like is it that brand like that or just that orthosport one
     
    12-03-2011, 08:48 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by BarrelAddict    
is it the same for #2? Like is it that brand like that or just that orthosport one
I am not sure because I have never used #2 but it looks the same as far as the way they are built.
     
    12-06-2011, 10:04 AM
  #10
Foal
Ok thanks! Do these sound any better? A lot of people on here say wool wool wool!

Top layer is a heavy, double weave 100% New Zealand Wool blanket which is long lasting, durable, and good looking; oil tan wear leathers. 7/8" heavy wool felt center absorbs shock and contours to the horses back to keep the blanket from shifting. Ultrasoft, heavy 28 oz fleece bottom is comfortable and helps wick away moisture. Felt and fleece cut out through the leg area to allow close leg contact for a better feel. "


Edited to add this one also
http://www.ebay.com/itm/TA919-Hilaso...item3f108fc523
     

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