Product Review: Professional’s Choice Gina Miles Monoflap Saddle Pad

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Mia models the Gina Miles Contoured Monoflap Saddle Pad from Professional's Choice. Photo by Jenni Autry. Mia models the Gina Miles Contoured Monoflap Saddle Pad from Professional's Choice. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Monoflap saddle pads are all the rage right now — and for good reason. If you have a monoflap saddle, especially one with a larger seat size and really forward cut flap like mine, it can seem impossible to find a pad that fits your saddle properly.

And don’t even get me started on the dreaded pads that are too short in the back to sit under the saddle properly. There is nothing worse than seeing the rear of a half pad and the cantle of the saddle hanging off the back of a pad. It’s like plumber’s crack, muffin tops and camel toe. Nobody wants to see that, ya’ll.

And while we’re on the topic of why it’s important to have a properly fitted saddle pad, it can’t exactly be comfortable for your horse when your pad is too short in the back to fit under the saddle. If the back of your saddle is resting on top of the saddle pad binding because your pad is too short, it’s time to start shopping for a new one.

In steps the Gina Miles Contoured Monoflap Saddle Pad from Professional’s Choice. Not only does the pad fit monoflap saddles like a glove, but it’s long enough in the back to accommodate half pads and larger seat sizes without your saddle hanging off the rear. It’s more comfortable for your horse when your pad fits properly, and that’s always high on my list of priorities when shopping for pads.

Another fantastic perk of this pad is its price point. At a list price of just $43.95, it’s one of the most affordable monoflap saddle pads on the market. At that price, you can collect one in each color. There are three different options to choose from, with binding available in white, navy blue or red.

Even with the lower price point, Professional’s Choice still packs in a big bang for your buck with the use of quality materials. The pad has a nice weight and thickness to it without being too heavy, with the quilted top giving it an attractive appearance and allowing it to wick moisture. The underside is a comfortable brushed cotton that is soft against the horse’s back.

It also cleans up beautifully and holds up well after repeated washings. If there are any special washing instructions, I didn’t exactly follow them. The pad got tossed in with the rest of my horse laundry and emerged clean and looking brand new. It feels like it will hold up very nicely for years to come.

At the affordable price point, the pad is perfect for schooling at home but high quality enough that it will look great in the show ring. I would absolutely take this pad to events and am confident no one would know it costs less than $50. It’s a beautiful bargain you can purchase guilt-free.

Thank you to Gina Miles for working with Professional’s Choice to design a monoflap pad that actually fits a monoflap saddle properly. With Gina slated to make her triumphant return to the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, you might just spot S.V.R. Ron sporting this pad as they gallop across the bluegrass.

The Gina Miles Contoured Monoflap Saddle Pad retails at $43.95 and can be purchased on Professional’s Choice’s website at this link, with white, navy blue or red binding. If you own this pad, let us know your own experience using it in the comments below. Happy Riding!