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    I am really into nice saddle pads, well okay, maybe I have a teeny-weeny addiction to saddle pads. It seems like lately there is a flood of gorgeous styles, fabrics and colors to choose from now that 'matchy' is a thing. I find myself drawn to, well okay lusting after, all of them. Now, maybe I am stuck in the 90's but since when did everyone have to shell out nearly $100 for a pretty saddle pad? I know there are some in the $50-$60 range but they are not as enticing and the ones I have tried are not really holding up well. Not sure if this is just a rant or what but would love to hear what others have to say and what you all are buying cuz when I get to rated shows the day before and get into the arena to school, I feel pretty plain compared to everyone else with all their flashy expensive pads, matching fly bonnets and boots!

    #2
    First of all, I doubt anyone "important" is judging or impressed by all the matchy matchy gear. In fact, I know several BNT that find it off-putting.

    Secondly, why worry about paying for something that will last a long time that is so trendy?

    What am I buying? White; white pad, white boots. Cream pad for the times I wear brown. I'm too cheap to buy cream boots so we school in white boots or the silver or black boots that I bought only because they were on sale.

    No slave to fashion here. However, I pay right around $100 for my plain white and cream quality pads.

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      #3
      I rarely, if ever, spend more than $60 on a saddle pad. Of course, I value quality, but I find that most of the saddle pads that are so highly priced are more of a "brand name" thing. My $30-$60 have held up just fine over the years. I do have some high end Eskadron, PS of Sweden, Equestrian Stockholm, etc. but I only bought them either on sale or discounted as part of a matching set. Not sure they're worth the price otherwise. Speaking as a person who does like to match and loves saddle pads

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        #4
        USG pads are good-looking and hold up very well.
        Patience pays.

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          #5
          I buy ROMA double diamond pads; I have 4 colors, rotate them every couple days. They have lasted a long time, and under $50. I am probably one of the least fashion conscious people on the planet and not into various add-ons. My horse schools with no wraps/boots, no fly bonnet, basic black tack and above pad. Me in breeches and polo. Same at shows on schooling day. Nothing fancy on show day: white shirt, white pad,, Navy coat. Hate stock ties. clean boots.

          So I'm not help here, but I get that there are things we lust over

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            #6
            Originally posted by laurn233 View Post
            I rarely, if ever, spend more than $60 on a saddle pad. Of course, I value quality, but I find that most of the saddle pads that are so highly priced are more of a "brand name" thing. My $30-$60 have held up just fine over the years. I do have some high end Eskadron, PS of Sweden, Equestrian Stockholm, etc. but I only bought them either on sale or discounted as part of a matching set. Not sure they're worth the price otherwise. Speaking as a person who does like to match and loves saddle pads
            Yes, it is nice to find them on sale but it is rare. I guess that was kind of my point - that they are really nice but not necessarily worth $90 - $100. Even though I love the way they look, they just seem WAY overpriced, even for a tack addict.

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              #7
              Originally posted by atlatl View Post
              First of all, I doubt anyone "important" is judging or impressed by all the matchy matchy gear. In fact, I know several BNT that find it off-putting.

              Secondly, why worry about paying for something that will last a long time that is so trendy?

              What am I buying? White; white pad, white boots. Cream pad for the times I wear brown. I'm too cheap to buy cream boots so we school in white boots or the silver or black boots that I bought only because they were on sale.

              No slave to fashion here. However, I pay right around $100 for my plain white and cream quality pads.
              For me, it really has nothing to do with wanting to impress anyone! I really love the look and would live to indulge but find the price tag a bit much. I feel like that just about a lot of equestrian stuff. The price if the nice new helmets also gives me sticker shock.

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                #8
                Ironically, my white show pads are the really cheap ones from Smartpak because white just doesn't stay white for long. My expensive pads are for regular use. I scored at a consignment store once on an Ecogold pad and an Equine Couture pad. I paid full price for a navy blue Ecogold jump pad that gets used for lessons and competitions.

                But yeah, I have to say, when I'm eyeing someone at a show their saddle pad is probably the last thing I notice
                The big guy: Lincoln

                Southern Maryland Equestrian

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                  #9
                  I just spent more money for a saddle pad than I ever have in my life, but I've been wanting one and I finally bit the bullet and ordered the Mattes dressage pad. I got it in white just in case I decide to show at any of our farm's little schooling shows because white looks much better on my horse. Maybe I'll save up and buy a black one for everyday purposes in the future, but that'll depend on if I think the first one is worth the price and how difficult it is to keep clean.

                  I tell myself it's an investment. Sure, it's expensive. But if it makes my horse more comfortable and is a high quality pad that lasts a long time, it'll be worth it. Right? Right.

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                    #10
                    I upgraded to Ogilvy for my dressage pad and Lemieux for my jump pad because I wanted the higher withers, longer drop, and more stable construction. Totally worth it. But I have them in subdued colors and I don't use boots or bonnets. I am very happy with them

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                      #11
                      Mattes pass ordered custom through Hufglocken are not very expensive with the AUD exchange rate right now. I had a black sheen pad with Hunter green binding and lighter green piping for about $60. Will be ordering another batch pretty soon.

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                        #12
                        Am I the only one who loathes to spend over $25 for a saddle pad? . I mean, I appreciate the pretty look of the expensive pads, but I just can't justify the expense. And most of my pads were on sale, $20, white for showing (or blue for xc) and once stained, enter the daily rotation.

                        I have nice half pads with shims, but with the cost of entry fees (and EVERYTHING else) I can't "add to cart" a $60 pad when a $20 one does the same job. But, I am a cheap eventer riding OTTBs, so maybe it comes with the territory. My own tack addiction is horse blankets (turnouts & coolers) and I secretly covet many bridles, so I guess we all have a "thing."
                        A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
                        ? Albert Einstein

                        ~AJ~

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by EventerAJ View Post
                          I can't "add to cart" a $60 pad when a $20 one does the same job.
                          I thought the same thing, but after using LeMieux suede pads I found they are much better than cheaper alternatives - and more expensive alternatives for that matter. They fit well and clean up perfectly. Even the direct copies of other brands don't quite fit as well.

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                            #14
                            I know traditionalists hate it, but I prefer color saddle pads. White just doesn’t stay white. The colors may fade a little, but in my opinion they stay looking presentable longer. Obviously I have white pads for clinics, but given the choice I prefer a color.
                            That said I can’t justify the really pricey ones. I shop sales and I keep them and use them for years.

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                              #15
                              I have a minor saddle pad obsession. My favorite is Lemieux. They last and look like new everytime I wash them. They wash so well. I am able to find them on sale from time to time. I also love their sensitive pad that has fleece along the edge. Perfect for the rubs my horse gets during coat changes!

                              I also have Eskadron, but find the drop to be quite long. They're good quality, some don't wash as well and even shrink/shrivel a bit when washed properly. However, they're not so expensive (in Europe anyway), especially when a new collection comes out the and precious seasons goes on sale.

                              I bought a custom Mattes Euro Dressage pad, and that is a nice substabtial pad too. The girth straps aren't the best quality, but it washes well.

                              I have 2 Weatherbeeta pads, similar design to Lemieux, but the quality isn't as good and they are prone to fading.

                              I recently bought a Fairplay pad on sale for a good price (30€) and want to see how it holds up. I also have a Woof Wear on the way.

                              My main attraction is pads that have straps for the D-rings (Lemieux, Weatherbeeta, Woof Wear, Fairplay, Schockemöhle) since I have a monoflap, and just think it's a better design overall.

                              I always shop around, find discount codes, or look on eBay. I rarely end up paying full price for a pad. I only buy the pads since I'm not into wraps (horse wears black boots) and not into ear bonnets either.

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                                #16
                                Matchy-matchy is fun...and that’s about it.

                                I used to only buy the Dover mini-diamond dressage pads. I’d buy 7 or 8 at the start of spring and as they got less white, they became schooling pads. Granted, that was...16 years ago? - and the quality is not the same. They used to last me years. Now I’m lucky to get a season out of one.

                                A well-made pad lasts longer and sits better on the horse. I’m happy to spend $60 for a pad that will last a few years. I buy $20 eBay white pads for shows and they get added to the schooling pile after a show or two. When they disintegrate, they become barn cat beds. I hose off the nice pads and machine wash the throw-aways.

                                My current favorites are LeMieux and PS of Sweden.

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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by conniemary View Post

                                  I thought the same thing, but after using LeMieux suede pads I found they are much better than cheaper alternatives - and more expensive alternatives for that matter. They fit well and clean up perfectly. Even the direct copies of other brands don't quite fit as well.

                                  I’m also a LeMieux convert. The fit is impeccable and I also love the wither design. Every time I wash them, they look new. My horse also doesn’t sweat so much in them. I no longer use any of my old pads.

                                  I also have an Hermès pad that I received as a Christmas gift. It’s cut similarly to the LeMieux at the withers and the craftsmanship is incredible. I used it to school at the last show and I can say that pad did turn heads. I had a lot of compliments on it. It’s pretty posh but it does slip a little, unlike the LeMieux which stays where I put it.

                                  I love these LeMieux pads!

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                                    #18
                                    Fellow saddle pad addict here. I have yet to buy one that approaches $100, though I've certainly been tempted by the some of the nicer Eskadron pads. I love jewel toned, deep colors. I never do matchy matchy because I don't use bonnets or polos. And my overreach boots are black so I don't have to worry about stains.

                                    I've had a USG pad for 6 years with regular use. It's faded but still going strong. I think it will probably last another year or two.

                                    I also have a Horze, Weatherbeeta, PRI, Roma and a Waldhausen.

                                    Of the ones I have, the USG pads have been my favorites. I like the Weatherbeeta so far but I haven't had it for that long so I can't say how it will stand up over time. I don't think I'll be getting another Horze, PRI or Roma pad. I love the Waldhausen but it's really thick so I only use it on the few days of the year when I know my horse isn't going to sweat under the pad.

                                    I used to machine wash my pads a lot to totally remove the hair and sweat. But I've found machine washing is the fastest way to fade and disintegrate the pad. I hose them down and hang them to dry after every ride. I only machine wash them once or twice a year.

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                                      #19
                                      Well, I guess I am in the minority, LOL but I love my collection of pretty Eskadron pads (and all the matchy matchy stuff that goes with them.)

                                      I do try to buy them on sale and have several online shops that I kinda haunt looking for deals. But I do find that the nice quality, thicker type pads hold up really well, come out of the wash looking new, and seem to have a cut that stays in place on the horse and doesn't shift - around which I really like. Are they worth the $$$? I think so, just based on how many years of use I get out of them and how nice they stay even with regular use.

                                      For show days I have a couple of white Ogilvy pads. Again not the cheapest but they really hold up well and come out of the wash looking show-ready despite literally years of use. I'm ok paying more for quality vs. having to replace cheaper stuff over and over again, and I like the better cushion those pads provide compared to thinner, less expensive pads.
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                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by Mersidoats View Post
                                        Matchy-matchy is fun...and that’s about it.

                                        ...

                                        A well-made pad lasts longer and sits better on the horse. I’m happy to spend $60 for a pad that will last a few years. I buy $20 eBay white pads for shows and they get added to the schooling pile after a show or two.
                                        Ditto. I won't pay $100 for a fancy pad that is a super-specific color that will clash with most of my other stuff. But I'm more than happy to pay $60 for a pad that is durable, cut properly and washes up well. I order plain black cotton pads mostly. My thought is that lots of piping, shiny fabric, embroidery, etc. is going to look like crap after a certain amount of washing and use, so I stick with basics. I did start using the Mattes that has one row of piping as a schooling pad since it doesn't look like we'll have a show season this year. We'll see how it holds up after a few washes. I do wish the Mattes had the wear panels at the billets like the LeMieux pads. When I started using my first LeMieux pad, I thought "wow, it's like this was designed by someone who has actually used a saddle pad before!"

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