Well, it’s been a few days of riding with the new saddle pad. You can read part one here – https://avandarre.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/magical-saddle-pads/
I still feel it’s worth the money (which was a LOT of money). Previously, no matter what I did, my mare would never lower her head below about level with her shoulders at the trot. Now, we’re trotting along and she’d be completely happy to let her lips drag on the ground. I’m not sure I really want that, buy it’s an interesting change that I noticed.
I do think the pad has helped make Ava more comfotable under saddle. She’s less grumpy during tack up. She seems happier to lift her back if I’m not asking for any hard work.
The fleece part is staying nice. It’s dirty now, but even if sweaty I just lay it upside down and it dries out well. Still fluffy and nice.
The negatives are that it did not make me a miracle rider. I still have all the same problems. So, no magical fixes there. Haha.
I rode stirrupless last night and felt much less guilty about my flopping. 🙂
I definitely would buy this saddle pad again.