The Success Equestrian Saddle pads are great and in my opinion, every bit as good as the more pricey Ecogold. I know one trainer who says they are better than the Ecogold. I've got the latter now but it is way too expensive to use for every day.
You can find the SE pad at Dover, Smartpak, and VTO. I think they are about 1/2 the price of the Ecogold and just don't have the "trendy" label.
Yeah..the toklat are what I have been using that have been rubbing him. I'm thinking of just sacrificing one or two and cutting off the binding.
I know a lot of my old poly pads became dog/cat beds. Hate to buy new ones
I may need to go to using a mattes pad directly on his back....he probably will like that. I just hate cleaning them! He also liked the more expensive saddles too so now he is getting new saddles and I'm getting more credit card debt!....he better turn into a nice horse
** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **
I would *love* to find a quality "saddle-shaped" pad for every day. It would be less pad to wash and less sweating (under the pad) on hot days. The only ones I've seen are either very thin, as in like baby pads, or prohibitively expensive. I've thought about ordering them custom through Toklat... but that's just one more thing to spend $$ on that could be used for entries/lessons.
Ogilvy makes nice "baby" pads that are forward cut and SIZED. Critical for fitting forward cut saddles without having the cantle hang over the edge of the pad. The material is sturdy but not bulky - I (well, BF) uses his under the sheepskin half pad for the monster super forward 18" saddle with no issues. The price is reasonable as well. These are the ones I like: https://www.ogilvyequestrian.com/details.php?id=9
(the options only show up when you click on 'buy')
They also have more XC style options if that is more your thing. While not as super amazing as ecogold (unless you go for the fancy padded options) certainly easier on the pocket book.
I have had good luck with some of the Roma pads fitting my XC saddles (we have two for showing and they fit the stubben roxanne, the devoucoux chiberta, and now my ideal impala, all forward flaps). Can't remember the exact one but they are super soft underneath and we have had no problems with them.