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Celeste 02-11-2012 05:08 PM

Recommend western trail saddle pad?
What do you recommend for a good western saddle pad for riding trails? I usually don't go but 5 or so miles, but I have aspirations to go on rides as far as 25 miles. Right now I am using a fleece pad. I would like to get something better. My horse is a "princess and the pea" type of big baby and anything that rubs her the wrong way is a giant deal. I thought that some of you might have some great suggestions. Links would be appreciated.

mildot 02-11-2012 05:10 PM

I would hit some of the websites that sell tack for endurance racers and shop for saddle pads there.

Joe4d 02-11-2012 05:38 PM

endurance riders pretty much use fleece pads, is yours real fleece ? The sourceof the rubbing is more likely a poor fitting saddle, probably also why your horse acts up.

Celeste 02-11-2012 07:35 PM

It is probably fake fleece. It is not rubbing. I just don't want to change to something that will rub her or she will go psycho. Maybe mine is ok. It is really kinda cheap and doesn't look all that good.

Joe4d 02-11-2012 08:11 PM

tucker southwest top, or coolbacks, and rensman canvas top fleece pads are good pads for the money, in the 70-80 dollar range. You can pay alot more but really wont have a pad that does much else.

mildot 02-11-2012 08:14 PM

I've heard good things about Toklat Woollback pads. They come in enough shapes to fit jumping, dressage, and western saddles.

Saddlebag 02-11-2012 08:19 PM

Wool on the top side of a pad is basically pointless, but can be beneficial next to the horse because of it's hygroscopic properties. So-called air pads are hot because it is just closed cell foam, like the neoprene used in diving suits.

Wallaby 02-11-2012 08:23 PM

I have a Diamond Wool brand pad (one of the ones you can shim if you need to) and I adore it. I haven't been able to ride in it a ton because my mare is crazy wide and doesn't need a 2inch pad, but the times I have ridden in it have been great.
The only complaint I have with it is that it's an ugly brown color. Thankfully I'm a handy enough hand sewer that I was able to sew prettier cloth on to it, but yknow.
One day, when/if I get a narrower horse, I will be using this pad 24/7 because it's just that great.

I also have an Abetta Polar Fleece pad ( Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - Abetta Polar Fleece Reversible Pad ) that I got on Ebay for about $25, three or so years ago. Obviously, for that price, it's not the classiest pad ever but I have been using it on a near daily basis for 3 years and it's still going strong. I did cover it with pretty cloth about a week ago because the fleece was starting to pill and look gross, but otherwise it's doing well.
It's a thinner pad (about 1inch thick) but my mare is wide enough that anything thicker bothers her (since it makes the saddle fit "not right") and anything thinner is too thin (she's 27 and just a bit sensitive about these things, haha).

If you want to go all the way and really get something nice, you can't go wrong with 5 Star pads ( - 5star Equine Products ). I have never heard one bad thing about them and wool is always a great choice for a saddle pad.
They are pretty expensive but I've heard that they last for practically forever.

Celeste 02-11-2012 08:26 PM

I have googled all these suggestions and I am now more confused that I was............

Celeste 02-11-2012 08:34 PM

I think that the pad that I am using is too thick. It is at least 1 1/2 inches thick and it seems that it may be making the saddle fit funny.

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