I have always just used a solid black wool show pad. Our association does a fund raiser assigning permanent numbers, so I can put the numbers on the pad, & just leave them there. No worries about matching show shirt, changing numbers on the pad etc.
Looked at the last show photos & current horse is a dark brown, and I have a new saddle that is a deep brown as well. The black pad sort of gets lost & the number just looks like it is floating around. So currently on the hunt for a new pad w/ a pattern that is blacks, browns & cremes, so I can basically do the same thing as I did with the plain black pad.
In the spirit of continuing to be a simple/efficient/lazy as possible, I am considering sewing whatever pad I get onto the underneath wool pad. That way I can have a pad that is all-in-one with my show stuff, & don’t have to worry about remembering to bring his regular pad for under the blanket, getting the top blanket straight etc (I have issues getting the saddle up & over sometimes - so having the pad & the blanket there rather than just one pad can complicate things a bit if it doesn’t go smoothly).
Has anyone ever done this? does it work? is there someplace I can take it to have it done so it is done better than I can likely do?
Like I said before, I am not a pad changer/color coordinator, so the fact that I wouldn’t be able to do that is a non-issue for me.