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Hey guys. :)

What kind of saddle pad(s) do you use and what kind of performance do you get out of them?

I'm looking for a really good trail riding/barrel saddle pad. I really like the idea of the Professional's Choice SMx Air Ride pads. Does anybody have one?

Thank you! :)
 

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I LOVE the impact gel pad, I believe their also used and endorsed by George straight. Their a heavier pad, but very very durable and they have less impact on your horses back
 

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I really like my Skito pads and Supracor pads. Both are truly shock absorbing and worth the $$. Skito's are fun because they're custom made, so you can get any shape, color/pattern, bottom material, and inside foam configuration you want. Plus you can add shims to help with saddle fitting issues.
 

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I used the pro choice like you have mentioned or the classic equine ortopedic equivilant and I've been happy with them. No obvious soreness for my horses. They're not anti-slip particularly but if you have good balance and a well fitting saddle than you shouldn't need an anti-slip pad IMO.
 

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SMX pads are great. The cutting barn I used to go (not anymore with all this weather) uses only them. I'm thinking about getting one for trail riding, but not positive yet because they are expensive. I personally use Reinsman pad for trail riding for over year and very happy with it.
 

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I've tried numerous pads over the years, including Professional Choice, but my all time favorite (and the only one I'll use now) is a 5 Star 7/8" all wool pad.
 

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Okay. Thank you. :) I really like the idea of the Supracor Pads, but I don't have that much money for my Christmas allowance!! :) I think I'll call the Skito people tomorrow, but I may just stick with the SMx pad for the simplicity and cost. Still trying to decide..... Hmmmm.
 

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Oh, btw, I believe valleryvet.com price on SMX was the best when I was looking at one some time ago.
 
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