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JumpingJellyBean 12-06-2010 02:58 PM

Saddle Pad Help
Hey guys im kinda new to the whole western thing i've done english all my life and for christmas i wanted a saddle pad so could you tell me what you think of these saddle pads, are they any good?

BarrelRacer86 12-06-2010 03:27 PM

all high quality well made pads that hold up for a long time. I have 2 by professionals choice

equiniphile 12-09-2010 09:16 PM

Well made, good pads

franknbeans 12-09-2010 09:22 PM

Prof choice makes great products, but most western people I know LOVE the 5 star pad. I am also an english gone western sort, but from all I have talked to these are top of the line.
Saddle Pads & Saddle Blankets by 5 Star: Official Site

You can find them many places, including ebay, for about the same price. I like the contour one personally, gives you "close contact".

RATHER BE RIDING 12-10-2010 07:01 PM

I like that these pads have the wool lining. Cheap fleece retains heat and moisture, while natural fibers, like wool and felt, are suppose to wick moisture away and keep your horse cooler. I personally like the larger pads. (34X36).

Chrome 12-10-2010 07:08 PM

Here's another vote for the 5 Star Pads. I have the 3/4in in the 32x32, but it depends on what you are going to do. The pads are supposed to be good for 2000+ hours of use. Pricey, yes. Good quality? You bet.

JumpingJellyBean 12-11-2010 12:33 AM

Thank guys!

SidMit 12-13-2010 09:17 PM

Hello, So I was reading this with interest because I need a new pad and want to get a good one. My budget is limited though, so can you tell me which one you think is better out of these two?

Reinsman Wool Contoured Vented Western Roper Pad -

Professionals Choice SMX AirRide All-Around Pad -


JumpingJellyBean 12-13-2010 09:36 PM

So my parents were suppose to of been getting this for me for christmas but they didn't now which one i wanted so my mom took me to the tack store and i picked one out. She said that i had to wrap it and put it under the christmas tree and be suprised on christmas morning :-P lol but then she let me use instead :D

This is the one i picked!

Chrome 12-13-2010 09:45 PM

Now that sounds like my kind of Christmas present; early and able to be used! Hope it works out for you. :)

SidMit: I can't vouch for either of those pads. However, I'm a big fan of wool (if that one is good quality) for its wicking and heat removal properties. Also, I tend to like wither cutouts for some relief. I've heard that wool may be more grippy than fleece, can anyone vouch for that?

If you go in the wool direction, does that pad come in any different thicknesses? 3/4in is like, the standard size and 1in is for heavy trail, roping, etc - might not want to put another pad over it.

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