All the benefits of the breathable and shock absorbent SMx Ride with additional layers of the core material strategically placed in the dished out areas behind the shoulders for horses with prominent withers and strong shoulders to create a greatly improved saddle fit from front to back. Additional 1/4" layers of SMx Air Ride material are also added down each side of the spine to relieve pressure front he spine and kidney area while allowing additional airflow along the horse's back.
Great for horses that have prominent withers. Fits barrel saddles.
"Just use cardboard"
I used this pad three times now it just collects dust. It is stiff like cardboard, the supports (raised areas) are barely raised, not enough to make a difference and the fleece is very thin. I don't think you should have to break in a saddle PAD (as in padding) but that is just me. Would not recommend.
"I like this saddle pad"
This saddle pad is a little stiff when you first buy it and it is a little thin. I have a blue wool pad that i put under mine to keep the fleece nice and to add some padding. From the first time i rode my mare in this pad she felt beter. She just moves more fluently and this pad supports her withers really nice. It stays clean forever, i have had mine over a year, and have used it 4-5 times per week, i have never washed it or cleaned it in any way and it still looks almost brand new! My only problem with this pad is sometimes when i lope it slides forward and i just have to get off and readjust it, and before i go in the arena to run i have to adjust it, but that is my only problem.
"NO SORE BACK"
I have used this pad for several years trail riding & my horses have yet to have any more sore backs.
Very nice, it will be a little stiff when you get it but it breaks in very nice. Extremely happy will probably buy another :)
Very stiff, the orthopedic shoulder pads are only slightly thicker than the rest of the pad. The pad is a stiff foam like material with a very thin layer of fleece padding, so it seems like there is no support or cushion. Looks good with my saddle but doesn't work well.
"NOT WORTH IT!!!"
Just because it's got big names on it, doesn't make it good. This pad feels and acts like a piece of CARDBOARD on a horse. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON A NAME. SOMETIMES YOU DON'T GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Learning that fact cost me $125!!!!
Not happy with purchase. Very slippery. After just a few minutes of riding, the pad is in front of saddle.