Manufacturer: Professionals Choice (View all products by Professional's Choice)
Model: SMX Air Ride All Around Orthosport (View all SMX Air Ride All Around Orthosport reviews)
Category: Western Saddle Fittings/Pads
Purchase: I bought this pad for $120 from the local tack shop. I had them order it for me because one of my horses suddenly seemed change in his topline. None of our saddles would stay in place on him and kept sliding forward onto his shoulders. The OrthoSport claimed to fill the hollow behind the shoulder blades with specially placed extra padding.
Likes: So far this pad does exactly what it claims. The well placed padding fills the hollow and keeps the saddle in place. This is the first air ride pad I have ever owned and I'm not sure what I think just yet. The air cells make the pad very light...so light that I fear it won't hold up. I've used it about 3 times and I like the way it feels under the saddle. It's not bulky or bunchy and the horse seems much more comfortable.
Dislikes: I don't like the fuzzy underside of the pad. I'm used to wool felt pads and this one has a high pile material on the underside that is a cream color and I worry it will be hard to clean.
Quality: The pad seems very well put together. The wear leathers seem durable and all the stitching on the pad is very tight. The material on the top feels very tough and durable.
Summary: In summary, if you have a strong shouldered horse, the OrthoSport pad can definitely make for a more comfortable ride for both horse and rider. I have always been taught that a mere pad cannot compensate for a poor saddle fit. However, when a horse's topline changes a bit, and you can't afford to go saddle shopping, investing in a good quality pad could really make a difference.
Author: Horse Crazy Lady
Usefulness Rating: 2.66667 out of 5.
9 reader(s) voted.
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