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  • How far should the half pad stick out
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    09-03-2011, 12:16 AM
Half Pad Experience? Gel or foam?

I am considering purchasing a gel or lami cell memory foam half pad to give some extra comfort to my horse, and to keep the saddle from slipping. The saddle fits, but I want her to be as comfortable as possible. So which is best gel or lami cell memory foam? I heard that the gel can spread out which does nothing for pressure points, is this true? Is the memory foam thick enough, or would it just squish down too? I have had a hard time finding reviews on either product. Thanks for your reply.
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    09-03-2011, 10:46 AM
Green Broke
Comfort and slippage is controlled by saddle fit, we spend alot of money on snake oil, but a normal pad of decent thinkness is all you need if saddle is right.
    09-03-2011, 11:10 AM
I realize that is what some people would think, but the saddle fits fine. She is a very round horse and slippage, when I get on is inevitable. She is the first horse I have ever had this issue with, and she is also the roundest. Please no more replies about saddle fit, I just want to know if anyone has tried gel or foam half pads and what they like or dislike about them. Also, in case you were wondering, no she is not over fed or under exercised, it's just they way she is built.
    09-03-2011, 02:48 PM
I'd say Thinline. Doesn't interfere with saddle fit and adds a good protection to horse's back (and your back too).
    09-03-2011, 03:20 PM
I second the Thinline idea. They are great shock absorbing pads and add almost zero bulk. Gel and foam pads are going to add "fluff" between your saddle and your horse and if your saddle fits fine without the bulk, then you don't want to add any. Thinline pads are great. You can also trim them to fit perfectly to your saddle (so not too much sticks out).

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    09-03-2011, 04:11 PM
Thanks for the Thinline suggestions! I'll go that route.
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    09-03-2011, 05:16 PM
Originally Posted by countercanter    
That's exactly the one I use for 3 years already (although I got mine from ValleyVet). Even though it's pricey it's one of those things in my tack box I never regretted I spent so much on.
    09-03-2011, 06:07 PM
Alli has a foam pad and at first I was skeptical but gave it a go. Best money I ever spent!!!! Mine was a wintec back raiser pad but you can get front raisers and just a plain and simple packpad. You can trim the foam, and it doesn't slip while under saddle (with leather anyhow) It is quite thick which I thought would interfere with the fit but it seems to only help, not hinder our saddle. Alli is comfortable under it and I can't tell the difference feel wise!

I would go foam all the way
    09-03-2011, 06:30 PM
I also suggest Thinline.
    09-03-2011, 07:34 PM
Bustie & Allie - Thank you for the advice! I did check out the ThinLine but it is a bit on the pricey side ($200), so I may end up going with foam which is much more in my price range right now. :)

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