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post #1 of 8 Old 08-03-2012, 04:21 AM Thread Starter
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Felt or no?

I ride western only, so how do you guys feel about a felt saddle pad? are they good for rainy days? People say they're stiff every now and then is that really a bad thing? and would they be ok to rodeo with like barrels and poles, without having to worry about slippage? I kind of want to get a felt pad but i dont know if it will irritate my horse or not since its so scratchy, so what do yall think?
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-03-2012, 07:59 AM
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I love Felt Pads, although they can be a little higher in price, in the long run I believe they are well worth the extra money.

They are easy to clean, hold up well to usage.

I do not think they slip as much as a fleece pads.

Yes they are stiffer, but as long as the Pad is a proper length, it should not be a problem for your Horse.

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ok thanks! and i know they have like different thinkness, but whats better? More thick or less?
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-03-2012, 09:44 PM
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I have felt pads of varying thicknesses. For me, the horse and saddle combination dictate whether I put a lighter or a thicker pad between the two.
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There is a difference between wool pads and felt pads. Make sure you read the tag. A true wool felt pad is great in my opinion. But there are pads that are felt but not wool, like a synthetic blend, those are the ones you have to watch out for they will "burn" a horses back. The synthetic material doesn't breathe and wick sweat like real wool.

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Thanks guys!
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post #7 of 8 Old 08-04-2012, 02:23 PM
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I love wool felt pads, i used to use the diamond wool, they are a bargain priced wool pad that will break down after 2 or 3 years but i found the Brookside Brand from Valley Vet Supply ...i'm in love with it.

I was in the store about 2 years back and the lady who runs the place suggested it, she said it worked wonders for her old horse and in 2 years i agree. i know Valley Vet Supply is exclusive to brookside.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-04-2012, 02:27 PM
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Like Cowchick said, make sure it's a WOOL felt pad, the others are not very good IMO.
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