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post #1 of 6 Old 02-07-2012, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Another pad issue...ugh

Ok...So I recently switched from my regular felt pad(s) to a 100% WOOL felt pad because my others were 32's and too long for my horses back. I ended up getting a rounded barrel pad that is a 28. I subbed on another thread about hair rubbing off as this pad is also rubbing my boy's hair off at the back where it ends, right before hips, on both sides. He has never had this problem before. I thought ok maybe it is due to the rounded pad as my previous ones were both longer and square. That is one issue. However, also since switching pads I have noticed two other things and am wondering if anyone else has had these issues with wool? Under the pad, after riding, the hair is very messed up. Kind of hard to explain but it is going the wrong direction in some places and not laying smooth like normal. I have ridden in my other pads for 2 years and never experienced this issue, winter or summer. The second issue is STATIC! I mean alot of static..constantly. Since I have been using this pad I am constantly getting little shocks when grooming JUST the area that the pad sits and just even touching that area with my bare hand will cause a shock. Any other areas on my horse have the normal smooth hair and no static??? and the hairs just kind of stand up and look messed up if that makes sense? I am in the process of buying a new pad that is 30 square to stop that rubbing as I know it will not hit those areas if square and I am leaning to the Best Ever Pads in felt although they also make them in wool but i am starting to think the wool just doesnt work for me :( Any ideas or comments?
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-07-2012, 06:02 PM
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NO, I have never heard of a wool pad causeing static shock problems. But I will be interested to know what others have to say.
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Never heard of it either but rub the pad good with dryer sheets. Should take care of the static.
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post #4 of 6 Old 02-08-2012, 08:53 AM
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I've used a 5Star wool pad for years with none of the problems you are experiencing.

As for the uneven hair (and maybe even the rubbing), it may have to do more with your saddle moving around on your horse's back then the pad itself. Wool will compress a lot when it's new until it conforms to your horse's back. It may be that you need to retighten your saddle after 1/2 an hour.

As for the static - I've never experienced that. What brand is it?

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post #5 of 6 Old 02-08-2012, 09:05 AM
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have you experienced any dry spots on this horse around the withers or behind the shoulder muscle?

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post #6 of 6 Old 02-08-2012, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the replies. The pad is a Diamond Wool pad and one inch thick. You may be right about the saddle moving, I never thought of that. This pad is a little thicker than my prior felt pad. and Rob yes, the reason I went with a thicker pad is that this saddle is slightly wide for my VERY hard to fit horse ( he is just in between everything ugh). I had to buy a wider tree as my previous saddle was too narrow and I had to settle for it now being slightly too wide (short of a custom made that I have on my wish list but cant afford right now) I had it looked at by a saddle fitter and the tree fits him per say but it is just a bit too wide. I was trying to remedy that as best I could with the thicker pad. The felts never caused this issue however and with the same saddle? ODD. I have been told that possibly I need a contour pad versus a flat one as this will help some with my issue.
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