Model: Square All Purpose Saddle Pad
Category: English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Purchase: I wanted a hunter green saddle pad to match the rest of my riding gear and this was the first one I saw. I got it from a small, local tack store for around $27 Cdn.
Likes: The colour. It's a true hunter green, not some weird shade. Being dark, it also hides the dirt and dust that comes with riding pretty well. The diamond quilt. It's classic. I know that some saddle pad manufacturers offer different types of quilt patterns, but this one is nice. The stitching.. it's tight and even. The binding. The pad is hunter green with navy blue and gold binding. Not colours that I'd normally pick to accent the hunter green, but it does look nice. The colours are subtle enough that they add a nice little accent without taking away from the look. The billet straps. They're one piece nylon strapping with velcro so you can adjust the straps to exactly whatever length best suits your saddle.
Dislikes: For some odd reason, the part that sits directly over the withers is padded.. almost double thickness. I didn't realize it when I bought the pad because I was in a bit of a hurry, but I don't like it that much... Instead of the pad clearing the withers now, it sits on them and fills the area between the saddles gullet and the withers. It's not hard enough to create a pressure point, but I'd prefer the wither area to be clear. The size. Not a fault of Roma, but something I should've thought about. I'm 5'2" (which would be considered short for a 25 year old, I guess) and this pad extends below the flaps of my A/P saddle. It makes my legs look shorter then they already are.
Quality: Good, tight stitching. This pad has held up well to the use it's gotten so far.. everything from short hacks in the field to endurance type rides with lots of hill work (sweaty horse!). Cleans up nicely.
Summary: Don't know if I'd get this pad again, for the reasons I mentioned in the Dislikes section... I do like Roma products though and if they had a shaped A/P pad, I'd be more apt to get that.
Author: Katie W
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
6 reader(s) voted.
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