I am in need of a new pad for willow. Right now, I have an air ride SMX pad by pro choice, but it is so long and stiff and it rubs the hair on her croup area and makes it all yucky. I was thinking the charmayne james barrel version of this pad, because it is a bit smaller, but I heard these pads are just as stiff and crappy. I have heard that wool and felt pads are great, but I don't know much about them. I was just wondering what everyone uses and what you think of them. I heard those 5 star pads are great but they are expensive and the closest dealer is 2 provinces away.