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Western Saddle Pad Fitting Tips

Have you checked out our Saddle Pad Fitting Guide, but still needing help finding the perfect western saddle pad? Best Ever Pads is here to help. Just email the following information to us.

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  • What western horse discipline you do (i.e. team roping, barrel racing, trail riding)
  • What horse saddle pad and saddle you are using now
  • And, specifically what problems you are having (i.e. dry spots, rolling, soreness)
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Check out below some of the past clients we have helped with saddle pad fitting their horses, and the advice we had for them.

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Best Saddle Pad: 3/4″ BHS Kush Wool for Barrel Racer

Problem: Older Horse, Higher Withers

Best Saddle Pad: 3/4″ BHS Fleece

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Problem: I need a new saddle pad for my horse and I am looking to purchase from your website. However, I’m having a hard time deciding which saddle pad would be best for my boy. He is a bit older and has a pretty high wither. I want him to be comfortable, and I know he needs something with some extra padding. I ride western and do western pleasure, games, and trail rides.

Recommended Saddle Pad: ½” BHS Fleece

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I have a new horse and my saddle keeps sliding back on her. She is a 5 year old quarter horse, about 15.3 hands, she’s in training for barrel racing. She has big shoulder muscles but low spots on her back and her butt is a little taller than her withers, so my current pad (classic equine contour fit with neoprene) and saddle keep sliding back on her?! She is also VERY sensitive on her back which may be from this fitting so badly. I can stick my hands in between the saddle pad and her back because there is a huge gap. Which saddle pad do you recommend for this problem?”

Recommended Saddle Pad: 1/2″ Prodigy Fleece (not yet available online)

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Western Horse Discipline: Team Roper

Problem: “He is 16.3 hands. He is a head horse and we have problems with him getting sore in the withers and about 5 in down his back from his withers. We have tried a Patrick Smith felt pad with and without a blanket under or over it. He rides a HR ranch saddle.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:3/4″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad

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Western Horse Discipline: Team Roper

Problem: “We just bought him. He is a head heel horse and is a little under weight and we are looking to purchase a new pad.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:3/4″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad

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Western Horse Discipline: Team Roper

Problem: “He is 22 yrs old and acts like he has a tight shoulder so I was thinking of something that is build up. He is a head horse. We have a hard time keeping a saddle straight on him. It always is off to the left.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:3/4″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I do barrel racing, I’m using a classic equine pad, I don’t have a problem I just need a pad that’ll make my horse comfortable!”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I am in the market for a new saddle pad. This is May and we barrel race. Current pad is nothing fancy or custom. Looking for something more current and comfortable. May has gate issues and we recently had a chiropractor work on her. Ribs were sore and needed to be adjusted…not sure if it can be related. Small dry spots are seen behind shoulders near withers.”

Recommended Saddle Pad: _

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Western Horse Discipline: Cowboy dressage, ranch horse pleasure, some trail riding

Problem: “She’s a bit difficult to fit, generally, as she has high withers but large shoulders and no hollow behind the withers.”

Current Pad: Basic square saddle pad (woven with a fleece bottom). Problem: Soreness

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

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Western Horse Discipline: Gymkhana and Mounted Shooting

Problem: “My daughter has an 11 yr old AQHA mare that she rides in gymkhana and mounted shooting. She was having issues with pinching at her withers, but she is much better since we bought a Billy Shaw barrel saddle with a wider gullet. She currently has a Classic Equine pad. My concern is that she has been off since April due to a chipped sesamoid and has lost muscle. We have been walk/trotting her for the last few months and can now start training again, so we need a pad that will adjust as she builds muscle back up.”

Recommended Saddle Pad: 1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

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Western Horse Discipline: N/A

Problem: “Hi I’m am having trouble with my horse having dry spots on the behind whither so am using a diamond wool pad but I feel like I need something more. I need help. Thanks!”

Recommended Saddle Pad: 1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

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Western Horse Discipline: Trail Rider

Problem: “I have tried Everything in this little horse and still not right. I’ve tried every saddle possible and nothing fit so I took her to Kent Logan to custom make her a saddle which is the one you see in pics. She travels downhill anyway but shims did not work , cutting hole in pad to alleviate pressure just put pressure marks further down. Do u make anything that is higher in withers and won’t collapse behind? Any thoughts or suggestions?”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

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Western Horse Discipline: Trail Rider

Problem: “I am looking for what pad would best fit my gelding. I mainly trail ride and barrel race but we also do some sorting and penning. Our trail rides can also last up to 8 hours so I am looking for something that will protect him. I have been working with three pads in the last few months and unhappy with all. The classic equine ESP caused hair rubs on his rump and tore his mane up. The professionals choice SMx air ride with fleece lining was my next try but this is not enough padding it seems. The pictures I uploaded are with a showman that is pretty thick that we had laying around as well. I am finding dry spots that are circles just behind his shoulders with all. I did try and sweat him out in a friends Best Ever OG wool pad that we believe was 1 inch. He still had the dry spots with that pad. He does not seem to have any soreness and the saddle fit seems ok and does not move or shift at all when I ride. Only issue is the dry spots and I want to make sure I take care of this before any other problems happen. The hair loss from the classic equine is a big concern of mine. Both of the other pads have fleece lining but I believe that the classic equine was felt lined. I was leaning towards the Kush wool in light gray in either the cadillac or BHS as probably what I need but I see you can’t do a fleece lining with the Kush on the website. Do I need to worry about the Kush rubbing him?”

Recommended Saddle Pad: 1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite) or a 3/4″ Fleesar Kush Wool Saddle Pad

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Western Horse Discipline: Trail Rider

Problem: “My horse is a highly trained grade trail horse 10 yo. gelding. It’s unfortunate that his conformation is … unusual. I have tried tapered foam shim (5″ wide strips by Cashel) and they help some but the saddle nevertheless slides back. I’m careful to start with the saddle concho behind the furthest back movement of the shoulder but it still moves back so that it’s downhill.”

Recommended Saddle Pad: 3/4″ Prodigy Fleece (not yet available online)

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Western Horse Discipline: Ranch Work, Roping

Problem: “I use this gelding for ranch work and occasionally roping. I have a Pro Choice pad right now (10 years old). I went to a wider gullet saddle and am not having any problems dry spots or rolling… Just wanting a new pad. Thanks for your advice on what direction to go.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

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Western Horse Discipline: Trail Rider

Problem: “Hi I have a very high withered short backed twh gelding he has pockets by his withers from previous owner I am a heavier rider and currently use a diamond wool 1 inch pad it not only is too short under my saddle but it compresses very bad forcing my saddle down onto his withers but his saddle fits great I need a good pad and don’t want to be disappointed again any ideas? I trail ride also.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1.25″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad or 1″ BHS Kush Wool Saddle Pad

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I am in need of finding which saddle pad will best fit my horse. I barrel race and I currently am using the Best Ever 1″ OG pad on my mare. I have noticed my saddle has been slipping back lately. Is it a saddle issue or does she need a new pad?”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1″ OG Wool Saddle Pad with shims placed behind withers

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Western Horse Discipline: All Around Western; Team Penning, Gymkhana, Barrel Racing, Trail Riding

Problem: “Currently I’m still legging my new horse up and getting him in shape but I do all around western; team penning, gymkhana and some barrel racing and trail riding. I currently ride with a very old, worn in impact gel style pad that’s on its last leg, I haven’t seen any major problems with my horse other than the pad just being an old pad and I’m not a big fan of the neoprene style underside as I feel it sticks to him sometimes especially in the hot days.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “My mare is 5 and changing drastically just within the last year. I use her for battle racing and ever day riding and trainning. I just purchased a full quarter bars saddle. I was using semi quarter and had issues, had to have a message therapist work on her. More or less sorness in the lions and ribs down thru the groins. Now I’m using the wide bars, my pad is a knock off of the charmayne James pad type with the shims. Works great except she has set spots on both sides below her withers in between the shoulder. I don’t want her to get muscle atrophy there later. Attached are pics of saddle with no pad, with pad and a wither shim to lift saddle up more in front, and a pic of her sweat pattern after a barrel race. Dry spot at withers to 14 way of back.”

Recommended Saddle Pad: 1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “What saddle pad would be best for my mare? I barrel race. I am currently using a standard bayou west saddle pad, 30×32. Currently, when I work her she has dry spots just behind her withers, I measured her back, and the saddle, and it fits good, I just think it is a little too wide in the front.”

Recommended Saddle Pad: 1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: This horse has an average back, and the pad and saddle appear to sit nicely on it. Our Kush Wool is softer than the Bayou West, so it will give a closer fit to the horse’s back helping to alleviate the dry spots.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “My barrel horse has a fairly high wither. I’m not sure which style of pad will work best for her. I use a classic equine biofit pad currently. I am not having any major issues with this pad it slides back slightly but nothing major. I was using a skito pad previously as they are made for the Bob Marshall treeless saddles and it caused a white pressure point to form on top of her wither. This pad is built up in the wither area and fixed that issue.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite) or 1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: Normally, with a Bob Marshall you don’t want to over pad. We do think the 1″ Kush would sit nicely on this horse, however, since a buildup has been working a the thinner BHS Fleece may work well too.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racing, Pole Bending

Problem: “I am having some trouble figuring out which best ever pad I’m wanting to order. I am a Barrel Racer and also do pole bending, I have previously used a Classic Equine BioFit and I hated it, it made my mare really sore. I sold that and I am now using a Billy Cook pad, cut out fleece on the bottom and my mare really loves it. It’s just way too big on her. She has a pretty big scar on her back so I know I’m going to need fleece underneath. I am riding in a 14″ RS barrel saddle with an 8″ gullet..seems to fit pretty well. Saddle roles pretty often too.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:3/4″ Fleesar Saddle Pad

Why: This pad is soft and will mold nicely to your horse’s back.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer, Team Rope Header, Breakaway

Problem: “My daughter currently uses a Bio Fit pad and a Navajo blanket on her horse, who has high narrow withers. She runs barrels and team ropes (heading) and breakaway ropes on him. The Bio Fit pad and Navajo work well with both of her saddles, though her horse does have even dry spots where he hollows out just a little behind his withers. She would like to be able to use just one pad. What pad would you suggest for him?”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: This pad is thin enough for barrel racing, and thick enough for roping. The fleece will help with the dry spots. The fleece and buildup combo will make a good all in one pad.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I currently have a 30″ Cadillac Pad that is 1″ thick. I love the pad and it works great when I am just riding my gelding, but when he runs a barrel pattern it slides forward onto his neck. He’s not sore or anything, but I do want to get a pad that fits him better.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: The Cadillac Pad was a little too thick for this horse. Although it would work well for pleasure riding, it’s too much to compete in. A 1″ would be just the right amount of padding.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I started to competitively barrel race. He’s a slight sway but he doesn’t require a special pad. We use a normal saddle pad and he has a normal sweat pattern when we untack. I do prefer at least a 1″ think pad because I like it for all of my horses. But I’d like to know what you’d think and which pad will be the best for us while we’re barrel racing.”

Recommended Saddle Pad: 1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: As the old saying goes, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it”. This horse has a pretty average build, and a 1″ has been working well for it, so we would suggest sticking with it.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I ride in a Shiloh saddle. We had some soreness issues last season till I switched to the Diamond Wool pad with a insert in front right shoulder. Would like something else but i don’t want to go backwards with soreness.”

Recommended Saddle Pad: 1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: This horse does have a bit f s protruding spine, since a buildup pad has worked well with this horse before, a 1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite) will give it the extra support it needs without being too bulky.

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Western Horse Discipline: English Rider

Problem: “I am already using a wool pad, a plain one. I’m not really satisfied with the fit. I am riding in a thoroughbred exercise saddle and my horse has a high wither. I am looking for a pad that is giving the spine room and lifts it a little in the front.”

Recommended Saddle Pad: 1/2″ Cadillac Modified

Why: We specialize in western pads, but have made a few English styles before. I think you would like a 1/2″ Cadillac Modified, so that the buildup is only in the shoulder area. This will help provide proper wither support.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I have a mare I bought almost a year ago and I’m having trouble with my saddle rolling on her on the back sides of our turns. I currently ride in a Charmayne James saddle with a 6″ gullet and a cactus saddle pad i believe is 3/4″. I’ve been told I would need a wide fit saddle for her but I’m looking at my options. Would you have a pad you would recommend to help with rolling?”

Recommended Saddle Pad:3/4″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: Viewing the saddled pictures of the horse it does appear to need a wider tree, but we suggested a 3/4″ to assist with the rolling issues.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “One of my barrel horses has been picky about saddle pads lately and I am hoping this is a solution. He is a little older and has pronounced withers.. I am a light rider and I run in a Bob Marshall Sports Saddle.”

Recommended Saddle Pad: 1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: This is kind of a tough one. Looking at the horse a 1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad would work well his withers. However, since they are using a Bob Marshall Saddle those tend to sit tight to the withers, and a 3/4″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad seems to work best for those.

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Western Horse Discipline: Team Roper

Problem: “I ride a coats lazy L saddle with a 3/4 CSI pad . This mare is a little higher in the croup than her withers.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1.25″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: Due to the broad shoulders on this horse this soft wool pad will give the support needed without adding too much pressure from inserts.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I have a 3 yo Thoroughbred. Right now I have a no name pad that I use to like, but then I got a new saddle. It seems every saddle I get tips forward on her and pinches a little bit on either side of her withers. She never seems sore after a ride though.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ Cadillac Fleece Modified. The modified version has the shoulder buildup only as opposed to having it along the bars too. (Call or Email to order)

Why: This will help with the extra support this horse needs, it will help fill in the wither area, and help to support the back. The shoulder inserts and fleece will help to protect the wither area, and the modified version with only the shoulder inserts will help to level out the saddle.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “No problems, I currently use a classic equine contour flex saddle pad, and it’s been working good for her.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: This pad will mold nicely to the shape of this horse’s back. In the saddled picture the saddle seem to fit a little tight, and the soft Kush pad will help mentor the back.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer & Poles

Problem: “She has a 13” Circle Y Saddle, uses an Impact Gel Pad 28” x 28”. Horse get soreness in his weathers and front quarters”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: Horse looks like it has a good back, the impact gel may be too hard/stiff, which could be the cause of the soreness. Our Kush material is a much softer option in comparision to Impact Gel.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I buying a horse that has been in pasture and is really fat, but will be brought back into shape once I purchase him. What pad will work best to adjust to the weight change?”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: The Kush wool is a softer material, so as the horse is losing weight this pad will better adjust with its size change.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “How would I know if i need a one inch or 3/4 inch thickness of a pad?”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: This horse would benefit from the extra support this pad offers.

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Western Horse Discipline: Trail Ride, Arena Work

Problem: “I’ve heard mixed things about different saddle pads. I was told to get a built up pad because there is a dry spot on my horses spine by a tack shop owner. But I don’t think that’s true. Thought about getting a pad with built up in the withers. I used to ride with a wither pad. But sold the saddle that I used it with. Haven’t bought a new saddle yet still shopping around. Currently ride in a no brand pleasure saddle. I just trail ride and do arena work. Haven’t started showing yet. And use a reinsman tacky too.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: This horse has even dry spots, except the entire spine was dry, which isn’t necessarily pad thing as it means there is no odd pressure points on the spine. The saddled pictures appeared to be a good fit with the buildups on their current pad. To create an even sweat all over the fleece will work, and to support the broad shoulder bumps the build up will help.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I’m using a 1″ Pad, and I’m getting dry spots on the wither area. I’m using a Billy Cook Saddle.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: This pad is best for a horse with withers that drop like this. The fleece will help alleviate the dry spot problem.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I’m using a 5 Star 1 1/8 Roper pad. My 14 hh three year old gets matching dry spots on her shoulders after every ride. I need a longer pad because of my saddle which makes searching more difficult.”

Recommended Saddle Pad: 1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: The fleece will really help with the dry spots. The build ups will add additional support. She looks like she has a pretty good back. As far as length we can makeup to a 32×32, but if you need a custom cut longer we can accommodate that too.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “We’ve had a hard time fitting a saddle to our new horse. We had a saddle fitter come out and tell us that the current saddle we are using isn’t a bad fit, but he has muscle damage to his withers and need to get a pad to fill that area out until he fills back in. We are using a regular professionals choice pad, and have also tried a fleece “pocket pad” where you can stuff the wither area, but the pad is very thin and the stuffing just squishes right down under the weight of his rider, which is 180lbs. I did not attach any pictures with this pad, because it looks like the pad will work until a rider is on the saddle. The saddle seems to sink too low (guessing a tad too wide in this area?) causing a slight “pinching” effect behind the shoulders.”

Recommended Saddle Pad: 1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: This pad will help support the area and keep the saddle pressure off the withers.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I have a barrel horse who was just diagnosed with kissing spine! It is very important that I purchase a pad to keep as much pressure off his spine as possible and that will fit properly with saddle!”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: A 1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite) will take the pressure off the spine

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “My 10 year old APHA mare. I have a Circle Y NBHA saddle and was using a Classic Equine Sensor Flex pad. This pad makes my saddle roll when we do fast turns (it has super thick fleece). I have also tried a regular Classic Equine felt pad and a Classic Equine ESP Contoured pad (only used this one twice). both of those kept my saddle straight…but my mare started getting a sore back…mostly toward her hips, with minimal riding. (pinning her ears when I ride her and wanting to crowhop and get away from me). I just bought a Bob Marshall treeless and I am wanting to get the most comfortable pad for general riding and barrel racing.”

Recommended Saddle Pad: 1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: The Kush wool is a softer material than our OG, so it should help prevent soreness. It’ll mold nicely to your horse’s back, great for turning in barrel racing. It’s also not too thick, so you shouldn’t have any rolling problems.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “My mare is 15 hands – she’s small. I have no problems with the current pad I am using; I am actually really happy with it. I have had it for 5+ years now – I am just in the market for a new pad.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:3/4″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: This horse is built well, and with a treeless saddle, the 3/4″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad would be the best fit.

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Western Horse Discipline: Trail Ride (some barrel racing)

Problem: “I mostly trail ride with some barrel racing. I am getting a custom Charmagne James cactus saddle with flared bars and a 7” gullet. My one horse is apha 1300lbs 16.2 thick as a house. He has withers but they are not prominent, but he is not mutton backed. My other guy is 1100lbs and 15 hands and has bulkier shoulders then the big guy. They bay has more of a flat back though. I have pictures attached and thank you if you can help me!

Recommended Saddle Pad:1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: Both horses are built well, the wider saddle with these horses should create a good saddle fit, so a simple 1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad would make for a perfect fit.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I have a horse with average withers. And have another horse with high withers. Suggestion on pad thickness that will hopefully suit both horses? I barrel race. Right now I am using a 1in tod slone pad with a Shiloh saddle on the high withered horse. And a pro rider on the other horse. Same pad on both horses. Both are wither sore after riding.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: This saddle pad will help keep the saddle off the withers. The fleece lining helps to create an especially soft feel for added comfort, with more shock absorption too.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I currently use a Professional’s Choice SMX Air Ride pad. I recently purchased a new saddle that seems to fit him great.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: This horse has a thoroughbred build and higher withers, this pad will give him the extra support needed.

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Western Horse Discipline: Trail Rider

Problem: “I ride mostly trail. I use the cut out for his withers. Some of the pads I have used set too far back past the saddle and have caused his back to be irritated.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: This pad will help to even out the back and take away pressure on the withers. The soft fleece bottom will help prevent the back irritation.

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Western Horse Discipline: Trail Rider

Problem: “I’m getting him a barrel saddle. I only Trail ride though.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:¾” BHS Fleece Saddle Pad, with a modified insert behind the withers

Why: This pad will help fill in that hole, and even out the back line.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

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Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: This horse has a Thoroughbred build, very narrow throughout the body, so this saddle pad will help add extra support to protect the spine area.

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Western Horse Discipline: Trail Rider

Problem: “I have a pleasure trail horse, that is very fat right now. My current saddle is rolling.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:3/4″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: Client was having rolling problems, so a thinner pad will help prevent that problem on a horse built like this.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Horse

Problem: “Horse is sore in the wither area”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: This pad will help even out the back and shoulders, taking the pressure off the loin

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Western Horse Discipline: Trail Horse

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Recommended Saddle Pad:1″ OG Wool Saddle Pad

Why: This horse has a good solid back, with no fitting issues, so a 1″ OG Wool Saddle Pad will be perfect

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Western Horse Discipline: Trail/pack horse

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Recommended Saddle Pad:¾” BHS Fleece Saddle Pad

Why: The horse is thin skin, with a sensitive back. Due to the heavy activity inflicted on pack horses a BHS Fleece Saddle Pad will provide the extra support needed.

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Western Horse Discipline: Trail Ride/Cow Work

Problem: “I have a really stout wide 11 year old quarter horse buckskin. He’s about 1,275lbs, and he’s not overweight just a big boy. My pad is always tilting to the side even wtih my breast collar, & wither strap.. I do not do rodeo, I mainly trail ride, cow work, stuff like that. I am on the horse for a good amount of time, going thru water, over trees, so I need something very durable, something big, and something that will stick to him, but not make him hot.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: The washed pressed Kush Wool is a softer material than the needle punched OG Wool, which helps create a closer saddle fit to better mold to the horses back.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “He is a 5yr old AQHA barrel racing horse. I use the cd air ride saddle pad. He’s having dry spots on his shoulders sometimes.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: This horse doesn’t have a lot of shoulder, so the 1/2″ BHS Fleece (aka 1D-Lite) creates the perfect balance of thickness and support for a barrel racer.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “My horse tends to get sore in his withers, which pad do you recommend for a high withered horse?”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: This horse has a Thoroughbred build to it, with little shoulder area. The 1/2″ BHS Fleece (aka 1D-Lite ) will help with better saddle fit. In the event the client doesn’t like the fleece option, our 3/4″ BHS Kush Wool would be a good alternative.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer and Team Roping Header

Problem: “I have a 6 year old gelding I’m looking to find a better fit for. He gets extremely sore in the back with the saddle pad I use now. I ride mainly in bio-fit saddle pads right now.”

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Why: This horse has a little wither area with a slight sway causing a small dip. Our soft Kush Wool is ideal for this horse’s back.

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Western Horse Discipline: Trail Rider

Problem: “I am using a BOB MARSHALL treeless saddle. I should have also mention that my horse is a very large, big boned, thick, fairly high withered quarter horse. Comfort for my horse on long rides is imperative.”

Recommended Saddle Pad: 3/4″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: This horse has a good back, and with a treeless saddle the 3/4″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad will fit very nicely.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: ?

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: This pad helps protect the shoulders, but isn’t too thick, so it won’t roll.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I have a 7 year old quarter horse and her withers are little larger on the left than the right and she has been getting sore in the right side, I have had a chiropractor out and worked on her and he suggested that I look at getting a wider saddle would love to try a different pad first to see if we can fix the issue. Currently using a team equine pad with shims and a back on track saddle pad liner. ”

Recommended Saddle Pad: 1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad, with shims

Why: By the looks of the picture the horse has a good back, but after further talking with the client they were having some trouble spots, which the shims can help with. However, if the client wasn’t interested in shims, they may like a 1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “My horse is thicker on his right side than his left”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: Looking at the horse I would have suggested a 1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad, but based on the problems discussed we decided that the 1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I bought a new saddle pad and it does not seem to fit. It was built up on the sides.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:3/4″ Fleesar Saddle Pad

Why: This horse has larger shoulders, with dry spots. The softer fleece material will help fill in these problem areas. With a good fitting saddle this would be the best saddle pad choice.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I am a barrel racer and in looking for a saddle pad for my barrel horse that has lumbar and SI joint issues, which saddle pad do you think would be best suited for him? He is 16’1 and has a race horse physique if that helps.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:3/4″ Cadillac Fleece Modified. The modified version has the shoulder buildup only as opposed to having it along the bars too. (Call or Email to order)

Why: This horse is higher in the back than the front, with extremely high withers. This pad will help even the pressure out.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “He gets truly defined dry spots.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1″ Fleesar Saddle Pad

Why: This horse has a little bit of wither area, so a 1″ is ideal. The fleece will help with the dry spots.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I used the Relentless Felt Gel Pad 1″, and loved it. I recently got a different saddle pad and during my runs my pad will roll very bad. Suggestions?”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: This horse has a thoroughbred build. This pad will help support the back.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “My horse is a bit swayed back and I was wondering which pad you best recommend.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad or a 1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite)

Why: Both of these pads have a soft material to go directly on the horses back. On this horse’s build a 1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad should suffice, but if concerns are more with the sway back a 1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite) would work well

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “My daughter is currently using a professional choice bio fit saddle pad to help with saddle fit. The pad is tearing up and we will be replacing it soon with a Best Ever Pad. Which do you recommend to take the place of the bio fit?

Recommended Saddle Pad:1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: This horse has a very nice back, a good material pad would work well. They could use a 1″ OG Wool Saddle Pad too if they wanted.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: ?

Recommended Saddle Pad:1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite) or a ¾” BHS Fleece Saddle Pad, with a modified insert behind the withers

Why: A 1/2″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad (aka 1D-Lite) should work well for this horse, but if you’re worried about dry spots a ¾” BHS Fleece Saddle Pad, with a modified insert behind the withers will help eliminate that problem

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Western Horse Discipline: ?

Problem: “I need a pad for a horse with no withers. Cutback built-up pad for a horse with little or no wither is what I am looking for. I have put three different saddles on and everything still leans forward.

Recommended Saddle Pad:3/4″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: This pad will help prevent the saddle from rolling and leaning forward, and help the saddle fit better. The soft Kush Wool Material will also help aid against rolling.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “My horse have a very wide back and low/average withers. I just got her and I have been having trouble with the saddle slipping when doing turns. I participate in a barrel racing sport so I need my saddle to stay in place when I shift my weight in the saddle for turns.”

Recommended Saddle Pad:3/4″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: This thin pad will help with rolling on a barrel horse

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Western Horse Discipline: Roper

Problem: “My horse has dry spots under his shoulder area and I could feel him twitching his skin throughout the night”

Recommended Saddle Pad: ¾” BHS Fleece Saddle Pad

Why: A fleece bottom is ideal for dry spots, helping to create an even sweat across the back. The BHS will help take the pressure off the higher withers.

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Western Horse Discipline: Roper

Problem:

Recommended Saddle Pad:3/4″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: If your saddle fits really well on a horse with a really good back like this a 3/4″ should suffice, but if your saddle does not fit well a 1″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad would work well

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Western Horse Discipline: Roper

Problem: “I need to purchase a new pad for my gelding. He’s pretty wide and short backed. I bought my saddle to fit him, and then he got hurt. I had to lay him off for quite a while and I’ve only been back on him about 12 weeks. I have just been exercising him and roping the dummy, and he’s getting sore on the back edge of his shoulders. Can you recommend a pad that might help me?”

Recommended Saddle Pad:¾” BHS Fleece Saddle Pad

Why: Our BHS Fleece Saddle Pad is ideal for absorbing the extra impact put on rope horses.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I’ve been a fan of impact gel saddle pads, but my saddle pad recently had a defect and it’s only a year old and the company is refusing to help me out with it so because of that I’m looking into a new company to support. I was wondering if you could tell me what pad would resemble the impact gel style for my horse. I tried using a classic equine bio fit saddle pad on my horse and it made the saddle not fit right and she would buck every time we would lope, but if she had her impact gel she was fine.”

Recommended Saddle Pad: 3/4″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: The client mentioned she was having some trouble with her 1″ Saddle Pad slipping, which could be the cause of over padding.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

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Recommended Saddle Pad:¾” BHS Fleece Saddle Pad

Why: This horse has high withers, we would recommend this pad for a horse built like this.

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

Problem: “I have a horse that has a mild case of kissing spine that is maintained by injections, right now I am riding in a classic equine neoprene pad and it was suggested to try a saddle pad by your company, I have never used anything besides classic saddle pads before so I am uneasy with change and would not know what saddle pad would be the best for my horse, and why would Best Ever Saddle Pads be better than CSI Saddle Pads?”

Recommended Saddle Pad:¾” BHS Fleece Saddle Pad

Why: We would suggest our Best Ever Saddle Pads over CSI Saddle Pads because they have a lot more flex, which is the common problem I hear with CSI saddle pads is lack of flex. Our pads are also highly shock absorbent, especially our 3/4″ BHS Fleece Saddle Pad

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Western Horse Discipline: Barrel Racer

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Recommended Saddle Pad: 3/4″ Kush Wool Saddle Pad

Why: A 3/4″ Saddle Pad is a great fit for round back horses