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[RC] Help with Saddle Pad Decision - April Johnson

I need to get a new saddle pad. I've been using a square Tacky Tack pad, but
it's too long, so I'd sewed over the excess. But longer miles (20+) have
revealed that the seam is a bad thing to have under the saddle (even though
the pad is between the seam and my horse's back).

So now the decision of which pad to buy. I could buy a barrel racer Tacky
Tack pad that should fit just fine.

Or I could go with something completely different. I found an 85% wool pad
(the other 15% is nylon fibers) that is approximately the dimensions I need.
But would that hold heat in? I'm guessing no, due to the number of people
(according to the archives) that use a wool or woolback pad. But would the
15% nylon cause a problem?

I have also thought of a waffle weave cotton English pad with a fleece pad
on top.

I also saw a Toklat Round Barrel Pad - Woolback for around $60. How well do
those hold up to repeated washing? And how often do they have to be washed?
After every ride? I'm used to just spraying off my tacky tack pad.

I have a 15" Abetta endurance saddle with a neoprene bottom and a rounded

My budget is no MORE than $75 including shipping/taxes.

Any suggestions?

Thanks for the input.

Nashville, TN

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