Manufacturer: SaddleRight, Inc. Orthopedic Competition (View all products by SaddleRight)
Model: Saddle Pad (View all Saddle Pad reviews)
Category: Western Saddle Fittings/Pads
Purchase: Purchased off the internet from SaddleRight, Inc. Orthopedic Competition website. I paid almost $300 with shipping. Completely not worth it at all. Think twice before you spend this much money on this pad.
Likes: I like the color and the fact it was cut to my specifications so it wasn't so huge on my short backed mule.
Dislikes: The pad is heavy and the bottom of the pad, although it is felt, is ridged and creates heat - it does not keep your horse's back cool. It left HUGE rub marks around the perimeter of the pad where none of the saddle even touches the pad. It created a bare spot on my mule where the saddle tree didn't even touch. It created dry spots on my mule's back on the first ride out and only got worse. All these troubles went away when I changed to a simple felt pad the same exact size as the SaddleRight Pad.
Quality: The pad is hard with a thin layer of felt on the bottom and suede leather on the top. Beautiful colors and it appears that it may last for a long time, but I can't attest to that fact as I could no longer use it as it was ruining my mule's back.
Summary: This pad would probably be ok for rides shorter than an hour, but if you're going to ride for any length of time, watch carefully for welting and bare spots that create white spots and those rub spots around the perimeter of the pad. I spent hours with my saddle maker making sure the saddle fit well and ruled that out first before we finally ruled out the pad. I should have known better by simply looking at their website that this wasn't going to work. Completely unsatisfied.
Author: Gale C.
Usefulness Rating: 3.83333 out of 5.
6 reader(s) voted.
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