I am going to save up for a thinline western pad I think. I love my english thinline half pad. However, I am curious what else there is out there and what everybody likes. I use to have a really nice diamond wool saddle pad, but I can't seem to find the same pad again.
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I buy pads that are felt with a foam core, preferably with a vented spine and cut-outs for the latigo and off cinch. The last ones I bought on clearance at Pard's and are Mustang brand. The previous ones I bought on ebay. They hold up pretty well for moderate use for a year or two. When the foam starts to compress, I throw them out and buy more. If you keep an eye out, you can find them for less than $50.
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I love a basic, simple Harris work pad. They are inexpensive, last forever and easy to care for.
I had a mare with NO wither that I tried every non-slip pad out there on with mixed results...no matter what I still had to practically cut her in half to feel like the saddle was secure.
I was very reluctant to try the Harris since it is a fleece bottom and I thought for sure I would die on that first ride. Much to my surprise I didn't have to cinch her up nearly as tight as before and have never had a saddle move a bit.