Every company says their pad is the best. Which actually is best? My horse suffered some injury to her back from a Bob Marshall treeless saddle and Skito pad combination. My horse is a Haflinger/Belgian cross and very wide. I'm having a treed saddle custom made for her, but I want a new pad to go under it. I do trail riding, and i may be in the saddle for 6 or 8 hours a day, several times a week.
Felt seems to be the first choice of most people. I've looked at 5star pads. I'm not sure how well they distribute weight.
Neoprene/closed cell foams build up heat and sweat. They seem slippery looking.
Tacky pads pull the hair.
Real sheepskin pads are a good choice, but not very shock absorbing.
Gel pads have gotten poor reviews
I like the CSI saddle pad, the plastic piece seems like it would do a good job of distribuiting pressure, and there is a felt liner option instead of foam
The Len Brown corrector pad seems interesting, but I don't know if I could figure out where to stick the shim things.
Is a navajo blanket supposed to go under your pad, or on top? I've seen both.
Suggestions? I want the thinnest pad that offers the most protection. I know that no pad will fix a poor fitting saddle. If I'm going to spend $300 on a pad, I want it to do what it's supposed to...cushion, protect, distribute weight, and wick away moisture.