I love the colors, but a word of caution - I think the pads run on the small side, so if you have a larger saddle, they may not be a good choice.
Those colors are great!
Posted by alto:The PE pads I looked at were standard dimensions (they do offer an AP with a similar cut) but I was not over the top with the one I bought, some uneven stitching (on all the pads) & after a year of limited use & only a few washings, loose threads ...
Darn! Has anyone else had this problem? I wouldn't want to have it fall apart after a few uses.
We bought Pink Equine pads in multiple colors for our GMO two years ago and had them embroidered with the club logo. They were very popular, and I still see some of them out at clinics.
I don't think they're the greatest quality, but they're not bad. Do check the sizing though - I have plenty of space for my saddle with most dressage pads, but the panels went over the back edge in the Pink Equine pads, and I ended up giving mine away to someone who had a smaller saddle.
I found some colorful dressage pads I love. They've got nice borders on them and some are very brightly colored. They're USG by KL Select. I've seen them at shows and a couple small online tack stores. They sell the same ones on Smartpak but only in a couple boring colors.
You can get wilkers custom pads in any color combo for about $40 through Smartpak. They're ok. They do pill which is really annoying, and the non slip discs in the underside disintegrated pretty quickly.
I've tried a lot of colorful pads over the years, and I'm now slowly but surely replacing them all with custom mattes. I know they're like $80 a quilt but the repel stains, dont fade or fuzz, and wear like iron. And the icing on the cake is that my horse and I feel so fabulous riding in them.
I second (third?) these PRI pads. I have several in bright colors. The lemon is VERY YELLOW (love it), I also have the coast blue (a nice medium blue) and the teal. I think they're nice fun colors, stay in place, and they've held up well.
I'm another lover of the PRI pads. I feel like they wash and wear well and stay soft. They're also a nice size -- not too big, not too small, not too bulky, not too thin. I have a bunch of colors, and I also buy them at the VTO Saddlery link. Lots of vendors at shows sell them, too.
Me too. The prices are quite reasonable, and you can get them in any color. I also prefer giving my $$ to someone who takes real pride in her product than to a retailer who most likely gets them from some off-shore factory. A couple of years ago there was a small mistake in a pad I ordered, so I sent it back to be fixed. She not only insisted on paying for the two-day shipping but put a little surprise - a lunge pad - in the package when she sent it back
Century also offers nicely coloured dressage pads. I have a really nice turquoise one. They are on the lower end for price and the quality does reflect it. I also like BR and Pink Equine for their matching accessories. I never really understood why colour was not acceptable. I guess the horse world is just very rooted in traditions...