I'm going to be in the market for a new half pad. After 5+ years of never leaving my saddle( except to wash etc) and on multiple horses a week my Fleece Works is basically falling apart.
So the million dollar question is what does every one use/like/recommend? Of course I don't want anything super expensive but feel free to post those too in case I win the lotto in the next few weeks!!! If not I'll just enjoy the browsing!
I have both a mattes and a Dover half pad and prefer the dover pad. It seems to have retained it's fluffiness in the wool better than the Mattes. Granted, I'm only riding one horse a day, but there'snothing between the horse and the sheepskin. Both pads have been washed in Woolite and air dried (takes about two days for the Mattes, three for the Dover).
I love my Christ half-pad (http://horsedreamimporters.com/pads.php). They're well-priced, and they have a ton of options. Mine washes extremely well and looks brand new every time I fluff it after it dries.
I have a Fleeceworks that I like. I love my friend's Engel and Mattes pads too though. I've also had a chance to ride in an Equine Comfort pad and that was nice. So far, I like my Fleeceworks the best because I can remove/insert shims to adjust the fit to each horse(it's a bit pricey though).
I agree that it makes sense to consider what you want the pad for before deciding which one might be best.
Personally I love my Mattes half pad; it fits nicely under my (properly fitting) saddle and provides just the right amount of cushion under the seat. When I was dealing with (my own) back issues, I used a Thinline pad, which definitely increased my comfort. If I had a slightly-too-wide saddle and/or a horse that had back issues, I might go for "more pad" ... like the Beval or Thinline fleece.
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Thanks everyone it'll give me a lot to look into! I don't want or need anything super thick, my fleece works was a saddle pad with sheepskin under side and the withers. It was just a little "extra" my saddle fits fine with out it or with it and if I have a hard to fit horse it's usually all I need.