Are foam pannels all that bad?

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  • Is wool flocking for a saddle bad?
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    01-04-2011, 01:43 PM
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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    01-04-2011, 07:35 PM
Green Broke
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.
    01-04-2011, 07:53 PM
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.
    01-09-2011, 10:41 AM
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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