So this is the first half pad I've ever owned and it is amazing. I ride a 12.4hh pony with small, narrow withers and his owner always used front riser pads with me in my lessons, but when I started leasing him I figured I'd try something that looked nicer so I bought this taking a chance because there were no reviews. I was nervous it would be too thin but it was as thick as I wanted. and I wanted a thick one!!! It did get kind of dirty on the first ride, but I expect that. The only problem I had was the fleece was shedding A LITTLE BIT. Not very much. But this pad is an amazing one! Definatly works great, even better than his riser pads! I would reccomend to anyone!