I have been using the new saddle pad from Tacky Tack that you sent me. Let me say that is a FANTASTIC pad. The quality of the construction with the bound edge, high density felt and the dense fleece underside truly matches the quality of my Steele saddle. That pad is so “tacky” I am able to loosen the cinch strap 2 holes and the saddle stays in place all day long. During pointing dog field trials I mount and dismount the horse many times throughout the day so a saddle that stays in place is a must. It is like the saddle is bolted to the horse. I will be ordering more of these pads for my other saddles.
I have probably ridden 50 hours on that pad and with a little brushing it looks like new. The fleece underside feels dry minutes after I take the pad off the horse and the suede like top dries quickly in the sun. In Florida horses sweat a lot so the sweat management performance of this pad is most welcome. Last weekend I rode 20 hours in a 3 day field trial and my back felt great afterwards. The Steele saddle provides the right lower back support and is incredibly comfortable. When I did let a few people ride one of my horses with that saddle, they all remarked on how it was the most comfortable saddle they had ever ridden. Some of the folks have been riding for 3 decades or more.