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post #1 of 10 Old 02-06-2008, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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Crappy or okay?

Money is tight and I can't afford to spend too much at the time but I only have a crappy two ply saddle blanket and it doesn't cut it. I want to buy a thicker pad, one at least one inch thick. I found this one which is pretty nice but I want a second opinion. I don't like the pads with the grippy stuff on bottom because my horse hates them so I have to get felt, wool or fleece bottomed pads. I figured the canvas top will stick better to my saddle than some other pads with nylon tops.

http://www.jeffersequine.com/ssc/pro...WB&pf_id=00011



I can't afford anything more than that really with shipping and all that and the pads at Tractor Supply Co and the local tack shops are either thin or $40+

A few of my questions are:

If you were in my situation would you by this pad?
Why or why not?

Is there anything particularly good?
What about anything bad?

Would this be okay for trail riding or long rides?

Does it look like the pad will slip very easily or sort of hold its own?
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-07-2008, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone?
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post #3 of 10 Old 02-07-2008, 06:51 AM
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Abby, my horse has same issues: only fleece on bottom otherwise bucks. Jeffersequine is good place to shop. I bought number of things there (including horse blankets), and I've been very pleased with the quality so far. However the price on pad makes me little suspicious. Just too good to be true. Also I'm afraid the canvas can be rather slippery, so saddle may slide. I usually go with something like Jeffers® All-American Saddle Pad (for $35) although without funny coloring (which gives you extra $10 for just appearance).
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post #4 of 10 Old 02-07-2008, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Abby, my horse has same issues: only fleece on bottom otherwise bucks. Jeffersequine is good place to shop. I bought number of things there (including horse blankets), and I've been very pleased with the quality so far. However the price on pad makes me little suspicious. Just too good to be true. Also I'm afraid the canvas can be rather slippery, so saddle may slide. I usually go with something like Jeffers® All-American Saddle Pad (for $35) although without funny coloring (which gives you extra $10 for just appearance).
I put a non-slip pad on him and did a little ground work and he looked uncomfortable and all of a sudden he went crazy, he reared and bucked racing around the barn, I'm so glad he didn't hurt himself. I was shaken by it and I have NOT put grippy pad on him since then. I calmed him down, untacked him and then retacked him with my old pad and he was fine.

My horse has high-ish withers so the saddle slides back pretty bad without a pad that has a clingy top. It can be a pain for both me and Solomon. Maybe its time I invest in a breast collar. That should help the saddle sliding back but the pad should pretty much stay in place right?

I would get the All American Pad but my price range is $25-ish w/o shipping because the most I can pay for a saddle pad with shipping and all is $35 total.

Also, anyone know where I can get a soft comfortable breast collar? I don't care what it is made out of as long as it has a soft cushy lining.
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My horse did the same - suddenly started bucking like bronco with non-slip pad. I was on her, so just fall off. When I started ground lunging to see what the problem was, looks like the pad didn't sit really good on back, so when she moved faster it flipped-flopped together with saddle and hit her back pretty bad.

Yes, "All-American" is overprices. Usually such pads are for $20 at the expo (standard ones, no patriotic colors, which is extra $10-15 :) ). I just tried to give you a feeling what I use.

What do you think of this one?

http://www.chicksaddlery.com/Merchan...uct_Code=1-620

This one is very cool although I'm not sure how sick it is:

http://www.chicksaddlery.com/Merchan...ct_Code=639100

(this store is not scam :) I've seen first pads at the Expo last month (Chick's always has booths there), but I suspect 2nd type was sold out by the time I got there.
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post #6 of 10 Old 02-08-2008, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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oh I really like both of those. :) Thanks for the help, I appreciate it hehe.
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post #7 of 10 Old 02-10-2008, 09:42 PM
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One inch thick pads are often too much actually. I would get a felt liner pad (3/8-1/2" ) and use that under your 2-ply blanket. That should be plenty of pad, and you can always buy cheap blankets to go over the top if you want something "new".

Here are some good liners:
http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.h...8-e1932d4b7661
http://www.rods.com/p/755,248_Kodel-...ket-Liner.html
http://www.sstack.com/shopping/produ...&iProductID=24
http://www.smithbrothers.com/syn-fel...3-19062/cn/28/

Or go with a pad like these, which the 1" isn't so stiff or are different thicknesses.
http://www.rods.com/p/217,248_Stocky...addle-Pad.html
http://www.rods.com/p/753,248_Grey-F...tback-Pad.html
http://www.saddleuptack.com/webcat/items/item779.htm
http://www.sstack.com/shopping/produ...&iProductID=21
http://www.tack-wholesale.com/Wester...addle_pad.html
http://www.smithbrothers.com/herculo...3-19013/cn/28/

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post #8 of 10 Old 02-10-2008, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Abby

My horse has high-ish withers so the saddle slides back pretty bad without a pad that has a clingy top. It can be a pain for both me and Solomon. Maybe its time I invest in a breast collar. That should help the saddle sliding back but the pad should pretty much stay in place right?
Can you post a picture of your horse with your saddle on? You may be putting the saddle too far forward.

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post #9 of 10 Old 02-10-2008, 11:19 PM
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Oh my. You can get a pad very like that one by Phil harris for like $30.

Try here. There are no prices listed but I have a price guide.
#3 is $24.95
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post #10 of 10 Old 02-15-2008, 05:41 AM
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hehe

kitten_Val's second one is really cute XD

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