I've been lurking around for a while & finally joined tonight. I love reading all the posts!
My dad loves trail riding with me but has a super bony butt & especially tailbone & gets so sore after a short time in the saddle. He has recently resorted to sitting on a towel in the saddle, but it's constantly slipping and falling onto the ground. His 75th birthday is next week & I'm thinking of buying him a saddle seat pad. Is that what they're called? It's a pad made of sheepskin, gel, foam, etc. to place between your hiney and the saddle to provide extra cushioning. Does anyone have any experience using one? I'm specifically thinking of a Cashel Tush Cushion. I know they make an extended version that goes higher up the cantle and I'm thinking that would be best, since his tailbone gets so sore. If you have experience with that or another type (good or bad), I'd love to hear your thoughts.
I've heard most foam will eventually compress, not giving any support, gel holds in heat, and sheepskin only serves to keep the fanny cool in summer and warm in winter.
Any thoughts, advice, websites for purchasing, etc. would be most appreciated!