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post #1 of 4 Old 01-04-2011, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Are foam pannels all that bad?

Are foam pannels all that bad? I originally heard they were, so I was intent on finding a saddle with wool flocking. But more and more companies are going with foam... at least the affordable saddle companies are.

Should I really hold out (and pay the extra) for wool? Or is foam okay?
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-04-2011, 07:35 PM
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It depends on your preference really. Wool flocking form to the horse body but to keep your saddle in good condition people say to get it reflocked every year I believe. With foam panels they will last pretty much forever...I am assuming you are talking about cair as a lot of people are doing that now. They won't form to your horse like wool flocking would but is the sight that will explain it better

CAIR Panel System : What is CAIR?

My wintec has cair and I really like it and my horse hasn't any issues with it.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-04-2011, 07:53 PM
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All I can tell is when I was looking for the saddle, my saddle fitter told me right on spot to look for wool ones. She said she'll re-flock them as/if needed, but she won't touch foam.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-09-2011, 10:41 AM
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There usually isn't any way to adjust foam. Either the saddle fits or it doesn't. There are some "hybrid" panels that are a layer or two of foam and the rest is flocks, and those, you can adjust. CAIR can be shimmed, a little, but it's either a fits-or-doesn't option. With either system, the tree shape and width still have to be right (or "close enough") for the horse.

Foam panels can harden or deteriorate with age. You can have a saddle replace them with flocked panels, which requires a whole new panel, and the cost I've seen posted for that is about $275 or so. I think stripping and reflocking a flocked saddle with all-new runs about the same.
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