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English Gel Saddle Pads

My coach recommended getting a gel saddle pad for my hunter who has recently started having back issues. She suggested gel eze? Was wondering if anyone has any other suggestions and if you've had any issues such as slipping when using them. Thanks bunches!
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-31-2011, 02:22 PM
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My coach recommended getting a gel saddle pad for my hunter who has recently started having back issues. She suggested gel eze? Was wondering if anyone has any other suggestions and if you've had any issues such as slipping when using them. Thanks bunches!
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I had an Equigel for years-at least 8. Had a washable cover for it. I never had an issue at all with it slipping. I don't know anything about the Gel eze at all, ao can't say about that one.

The only reason I got rid of my equigel was that someone told me about the Supracor. LOVE IT!
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i use the km elite gp numnah as they've so well padded. it works on my high withered tb, there about 69 or $110. I know its alot of money but there's comprise for the horses comfort. It would be worth getting a saddler out to look at your saddle as well to see if it still fits properly.

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I personally don't see the usefulness of gel pads. My reasoning is that pressure displaces gel. If the gel is contained in an area (a pad in this case) the displaced gel has to go somewhere else. If you have a part of your saddle that pinches or fits tight, the gel in the very spot where you want to protect will be everywhere else, not in the tight spot you want to protect. It just makes no sense to me.

I like the thinline pads for shock absorbtion or something along those lines. The effect would be consistent and not subject to moving around.

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post #5 of 9 Old 01-31-2011, 11:11 PM
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I agree, don't like gel pads. I have had good luck with ThinLine, Skito, and Supracor pads. All are truly shock absorbing!
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I agree with MyBoyPuck and Luvs2Ride - Gel pads aren't that effective because - well, MBP pretty much explained it. I used one, and it did pretty much nadda for my TB's sensative back.

I like Thinline, just as mentioned. I am currently saving up for the Thinline Comfort Sheepskin 1/2 Pad - I really like the look of that one.

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I agree with the negative comments towards gel pads. In addition, they do not breathe at all and your horse's back will get HOT under it and stay HOT.

I have heard many positive things about ThinLine products. And I personally love to use sheepskin pads. Sheepskin is naturally breathable and shock absorbing. I even feel like my saddle is more comfortable (more "springy") when I have a sheepskin pad under it. I may have to look into this ThinLine/Sheepskin pad posted by MIEventer! Sweet!!

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post #8 of 9 Old 02-26-2011, 08:05 AM
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I have used a variety of these pads. Gel and foam. The thinline products overheated my horse's back. The website and the store clerk assured me this would not happen. I tried the pad directly on the horse and on top of the pad just under the saddle. It was a problem. I don't typically work my horses all that hard and even with this it overheated their backs.

I have had a difficult time getting a tack configuration that my new mare is comfortable with. The current saddle fits her. But she isn't really comfortable without some type of impact pad under it. I have been using a Hilason pad for about 6 months now and have had very good luck with it. I recently purchased a PRI Nytro-Gel pad for her and she really likes this one. I haven't used it enough to fully understand if it will overheat her back or not.

Good luck.
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post #9 of 9 Old 02-26-2011, 10:30 AM
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I went with Thinline as well after doing research couple years back.
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