So, for some reason I have had an absurdly hard time finding a good fleecey, contour pad leaves a consistent trim around my saddles. With the Pessoa I wasn't surprised, given the more forward flap - but I seemed to always run out of pad behind my thigh where the panel and flap meet.
I was however surprised when the same issue cropped up with S's Mom's Saddle since her CWD was a very traditional shape with a very standard flap. But same issue - lack of fluffy fleece right at the panel-flap connection, and LOTS of fleece in front of the pommel.
No matter how I seem to tug the pad around or try to wiggle a bit extra pad to one side or the other, after a few minutes of riding it looks wrong again.
I was hoping that my CWD would magically be different, but alas, given the same seat size and same flap shape, it's shockingly similar in the pad fit department.
I inherited a gorgeous Fleeceworks pad from Supermom that actually fit the pessoa decently, and I love the look and feel of the real fleece. It never worked with S's Mom's Saddle, so I'm guessing it won't be ideal for my CWD, though I haven't actually tried it yet.
I have tried the Toklat and Medallion fake fleecey pads and both leave a little to be desired.
In a humph I went to my tack shop yesterday curious if they had any other random brands hanging around I could bother trying. They didn't, but the nice sales lady got me on another train of thought entirely.
I hadn't considered the half pad look for P2 in the show ring, but given my lack of other solutions at the moment I figured what the hell and threw a Fleeceworks half pad in my baseket along with extra hairnets and bell boots. It's quite possible that I go through hairnets and bell boots faster than any other pieces of tack/stuff. insane.
Anyway, I haven't actually laid the thing on Prair's back yet, and in my head I can't tell if it's going to look super sleek and sharp, or make Prair's barrel look even longer/more expansive.
When it works - I love the half pad (or naked!) look. Super clean, super minimal, and it can help lengthen the appearance of the rider's leg even more..
But we shall see. It can also make proportions look super strange in which case, back in the return pile it goes!
Anyone have any other favorite show pad brands? I'm really missing my simple square pads at the moment, Somehow correct fit was never a struggle with those guys...