I am a firm believer in a good pad. When my gelding kept getting a back sore, I went in search of a quality pad. I bought an expensive “orthopedic “pad and actually made him sorer. Again, I went in a search. Mind you it was 1998 or 1999, so there wasn’t a lot of info. I found SaddleRight by chance, but was having a hard time financially to spend that much for a pad. My mom floated me a loan. I bought the barrel saddle cut pad with felt outer shell. My boy started running his little heart out. We were a local 1D and at big shows he was 2D/3D. I won a lot of money and buckles on him. The rest is history. I have since sold that pad, but it is still being used. I now have four, mom have three, and my daughter-in-law has two. Even when someone else rides my horses the pad goes on them. Mom’s horse was a Peruvian Paso and he was built different then our quarter horses. Her saddle never slipped or made him sore. After one run she come out of the arena and her cinch was so loose you could see daylight. I wouldn’t trade them for anything.