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post #11 of 17 Old 06-22-2013, 08:12 PM
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I did not get out to take a picture today, but honestly-if you think a 1" is too think, I would go with the 3/4. And there is really and 1/8" is not much to really make any significant difference, IMO. I debated between the 1" and 3/4". 7/8 I would guess is to make those happy who really cannot decide between 1" and 3/4". I would only go thicker if I intended to use it as the ONLY pad.

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post #12 of 17 Old 06-22-2013, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all!
I plan on using it more alone than with a blanket. If you take a tape and measure it, do they really measure what their suppose to measure? i've seen so many companies advertise their pad as 1'' and when you look at them their thinner than 1'' loll which is why i need to make sure before i purchase the pad online.
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post #13 of 17 Old 06-23-2013, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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I think i have made up my mind and will go with the 7/8''.
I just noticed that on the 5 star website that they suggest to get a 7/8'' if you do trail riding, team penning, cutting, reining and barrel racing. I do lots of trail rides all the time, western pleasure (riding lessons) and western games just for fun so i believe the 7/8 will be best for what i do with my horse :)

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post #14 of 17 Old 06-24-2013, 07:33 AM
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I debated which one to get as well Jose. i ended up calling the company and went with the 7/8. I LOVE it and my saddle is a tad wide so am very happy with my desicion. Just gives a little more protection. They are really really nice pads and I think I will forever use that brand! Just wonder if maybe you should wait until you get your new saddle though. Anyways you can't go wrong with the 5-Star!
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post #15 of 17 Old 06-24-2013, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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i know...but honestly, it can;t wait right now, i need a pad and i want the 5 star pad. im sure that 7/8 will fit all saddles out there as almost every wool pad you see online are either 1/2 or 1'' and never heard anyone complaining it was too thick or what so ever. My current saddle is a tad wide as well so it will be fine for now. 3/4 and 7/8 are not much of a difference in thickness and i want to protect my mares back as much as possible and with what i do, 3/4 wouldn't be thick enough IMO..
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post #16 of 17 Old 06-29-2013, 02:07 PM
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I am kind of late to the party :) but if you need any more info, pls feel free to message me. I have been a dealer for 5 Star (& other brands) for many years but the 5 Star outsells any of the others 100 to 1 at least.
I know the website "suggests" the 7/8 for the general use, but with the 5 Star pads having the highest compression/concussion rating, you do not lose that when you go thinner. When you think about it, the 7/8 is only 1/8" thicker than the 3/4 - not much comparison! What we are finding more now a days, that you want to find a a pad that compliments the fit of your saddle. If you have a good fitting saddle, you don't want to go w/a thick pad - that can cause a too tight fit & potential pressure/sore areas. I personally own 1/2" & 3/4" - & with my mares & saddles, only use my 1/2". These pads do not "squish" down like many pads either. Also, it's hard to tell on the thickness - they are "rated" at the felting factory & it's usually done by weight. If they felt them more/harder, a 3/4" might be thinner than another 3/4" that they didn't. (I hope that made sense.) And it's almost impossible to tell thickness by measuring any wool pad's edges - due to the wool will "fluff".
Just my 2 cents worth! :)
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post #17 of 17 Old 06-29-2013, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks HnA tack! i've actually contacted you through Facebook not too long ago about not being sure what thickness i should go with, i believe i spoke with Katie :) I am still in the process of thinking and making the right decision of thickness. My current saddle is not a super fit, i need a new a new saddle as well that will be a good fit.
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