Okay I found two saddle pads on sale and got two different kinds because the fleece saddle pad I've been using is built for a more forward flap so it wrinkles if I'm not really careful. I got a pad that is shaped for Aussie saddles and a square pad. Let me know which one you guys like better. They are both wool so they are great for absorbing sweat.
You might have to click to enlarge the pictures. I forgot to get pictures without me on him.
This is the one built for the Aussie saddle. I think I need to adjust it a little because the flap isn't matching up with the pad perfectly, but I think that was me more that it.
Here is the square pad. Please ignore my horrible farmer's tan. Was not planning on riding or getting my picture taken lol. Hubby caught us both with our eyes closed. Chrome was bored and falling asleep lol.
I rode him around in both to see how he moved with them.
At the trot he was great...
I finally got pictures of him crowhopping. Reins were too long!
Also notice how his hind legs are together?
... at the canter he was crowhopping. I was so disappointed thinking it's because he hated the pads, but he was the same in his normal pad, he was short striding in the canter, he could only hold the canter a few strides and his stifle gave out twice so I'm pretty sure the crowhopping is because I haven't been riding and his stifles are weak. He was throwing himself into the trot too which he only does when his stifles are acting up. So it's back to some long, slow trail rides to build him back up before I do anymore cantering. He just can't have breaks without exercise...
Oh and I forgot to mention when I dewormed him last weekend he weighed 1300lbs!!!!! Holy crap I knew he was fat right now, but I didn't realize it was that bad!! He's also out about four holes on his girth. Yeah he HAS to start getting some exercise!.
Anyway I'm sorry again for not having a helmet on. Let me know which pad you like better. I'm going to try them both out some more for longer rides and try cantering again once he's strengthened his stifles up. I couldn't tell anything from his sweat marks because it was only a twenty minute ride and he didn't sweat much.