It's tough for me to find Dressage pads that don't completely swallow Connor. A/P pads are easy, but there aren't many Dressage ponies out there, so Dressage pads tend to be sized for giant warmbloods.
|Sorry for the potato phone quality picture, but yeah, this is a normal occurrence for us with Dressage pads.|
So when I checked the measurements on the Centaur Quilted Dressage pad in the Riding Warehouse clearance section, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wouldn't swallow Connor. For $17.88 plus 15% off during the Presidents Day sale, it was a no-brainer.
|Yaaaaaay it's not gigantic!|
They have magenta and purple left, and I just can't square the idea of magenta on a chestnut, so I went with purple. Unfortunately the photos don't even come close to capturing the color, but it's definitely a bright purple.
|This is the most accurate representation of the color I got. Those billet straps did get cut off shortly after taking this photo.|
- Price. Can't beat that price.
- Fun colors, which can be very tough to find in Dressage land!
- Sized right for smaller Dressage saddles
- Integrated billet strap hole seems to work better for my monoflap than the normal billet loops do.
- Not really a fan of the shape - almost looks like an AP pad.
- Feels cheap, but the quality is what I'd expect for a $17 pad. I wouldn't have paid the retail $29 for it though.
- Little cotton fuzzballs were all over Connor after I got done riding him in it
Bottom line: If you have a smaller Dressage horse and a smaller Dressage saddle, this is a great and affordable option for a schooling pad - a rare thing for us pony Dressage riders! Not worth it at full price, but definitely worth it on sale.
Riding Warehouse - $17.88