Anyone know where I can find baby pads with girth straps but no billet straps? Or a way to stop baby pads from slipping out from under a half pad? My baby pads are always slipping out, but the billet straps on normal saddle pads get in the way of the billet straps on the half pad.
Where am I and what am I doing in this handbasket?
Fleece works has a baby pad with a spine, girth straps and still very thin like a true baby pad. It's also long enough to protect a fleece half pad. Cheap, it ain't... The Dover pad is ok. Thicker and not as long along the back, but a bit cheaper especially when on sale.
I ordered a baby pad from smart pal that said it had girth straps, but the pix didn't. Sure enough, no straps when it arrived. This was a few years so, so I would ask before I order. But at 30 bucks, the fleece works pad is much nicer
I cut off the billet straps, too, since I always use my Thinline sheepskin pad. My favorite pads to use are the PRI ones, but I bought a couple of the Tuff Rider AP pads at Stablemates during their Black Friday sale for about $11 each. They're not too thick and seem to be pretty nice for the price. Not sure how they hold up, so maybe someone else can chime in on that.
Do you use a non-slip pad under your baby pad? When I do, everything stays perfectly in place. On the odd time that I forget it, my baby pad is usually half way out the back of my saddle before I've even cantered. They work great for me to make everything stick.
I second the Fleeceworks recommendation. The pads are shaped, so they fit up into the gullet nicely. They have the girth strap and not billet straps. They're the only ones I use now because they just fit so well with a half pad and they're durable. They're about $20.