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Another Saddle Pad thread: Best Show pads

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    Another Saddle Pad thread: Best Show pads

    I am in the market for 1 (or 2) new show pads. It's been a while since I bought one. I show in the Hunters and Equitation.
    If only horses would use their athletic powers for good instead of evil. ~ MHM

    Was always pickier about schooling pads they may be in for an hour or more then show pads that will be on for far less then that (assuming you are properly prepared for the level of your class).

    As long as the show pad shows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch EQUALLY all the way around with enough left to allow a nice gap between it and the withers right under the pommel? Works for me.

    I hate overpadding when the saddle wallows and slips. And HATE when it slips out the back behind the cantle, rides up and clumps under the flap or is uneven. Seems these things are more avoidable with less pad and a proper saddle fit with appropriate tightness in the girth.

    The whole pad thing....remember, not long ago, you did not even use a pad to show. So fitted to your saddle and neat is the best way to go.
    When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

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      I too am really picky about pads- I school in a couple Wilker's because they keep my saddle where I want it- but are Wilker's fancy enough to show in when they're new? Obviously I won't show in a schooling pad I'd just get a new pad and show in it only.


        My current fitted show pads are Wilker's. They are reserved only for show. The only kind of half pad I currently use is an Ultra Thinline pad.

        I am considering, however, this pad for future show use:
        I am getting a new saddle and for the time being, need to be able to shim it for my mare. This pad will allow me to do that, use my Ultra Thinline, and have a nice show look all in one.
        If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
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          I've used Wilkers but just got the Toklat High Profile pad, which seems to be nice. I used it today and it fit nicely and didn't slip. All fleece pads give my horse crawly skin, so he really likes the quilted underside.


            I second the Toklat pad- I think mine is a Medallion? Anyhow, it's quilted on the underside, and stays in place well with my saddle (still have to use a non-slip against his back, he has shark withers). But I really like this pad. Wilkers are fine too, have used them in the past.


              I use the Toklat medallion quilted underside pads, they wash up well and last forever! They come in a wide variety of sizes, and if you can't find one that fits Toklat will custom make them for you.


                I bought a Toklat quilted, fitted pad for shows, since my new saddle refuses to fit any full sheepskin pad. I haven't ridden in it yet, but it seems to fit my saddle nicely, (just sitting on my horse's back). And it was only $40 rather than >$100 for a sheepskin pad.


                  I recently splurged on a Fleeceworks FKX sheepskin pad (paid $115 on Ebay vs $179 retail) my horse and I love it. My second choice are Wilkers, I've had them for years and they stand up to lots of washing.


                    Anyone know of a contour pad that will correctly fit an 18" CC Bates with a FORWARD flap??

                    Seems so hard to fit.


                      I like the Wilkers show pad with the pocket, so you can put an additional back pad inside if you need it.

                      I've also used the Ecogold pads on horses with saddle slipping issues. They are pricey but effective.


                        Originally posted by Po-Po View Post
                        Anyone know of a contour pad that will correctly fit an 18" CC Bates with a FORWARD flap??

                        Seems so hard to fit.
                        I also ride in CC Bates (17.5) and it is very hard to find a fitted pad that is the right size/shape. So I show in this: I think it looks nice. There are more expensive/sheepskin options too if you want that. But I like mine just fine.


                          Wilkers - but wash it before you show. Learned that the hard way...lint all over my horse. Looked like it snowed on him. :-)

                          ~ Citizens for a Kinder, Gentler COTH...our mantra: Be nice. ~


                            Originally posted by Po-Po View Post
                            Anyone know of a contour pad that will correctly fit an 18" CC Bates with a FORWARD flap??

                            Seems so hard to fit.
                            these come in all different flap sizes/positions:



                              Thanks for the replies...the pad from Beval looks like a nice choice for fit.


                                I LOVE the Ecogold saddle pads! they come with many attachments and the underside has nonslip stuff? on it. Its what everyone uses at all the AA shows and locally around me.


                                Theres other saddle pads too.
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                                  I have always used the Beval wither relief half pad. I have one for shows and one for schooling. It fits my horse and it looks nice.

                                  However, NEVER wash in the washing machine. Hand wash with a little bit of detergent and scrub. My friend washed hers in the washing machine and the pad was ruined
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