The traumatech pad doesn't provide any spinal relief, and is a slightly stiff closed cell foam pad. It would be fine to
prevent soreness, for a horse with a normal/flat back, but it's doing more harm than good for your mare. It's
causing MORE spinal pressure with it's flat design and no spinal channel. The panels of your saddle pull it down
on the spine.
The Skito pads have foam panels on either side of the spine, filling in for the muscle and lifting the saddle up
off the back and spine. It is the PERFECT pad for your situation. My TBxArab gelding had muscle wastage like
that and the Skito pad was the only thing that made him comfortable enough to be ridden (and his saddles
all fit perfect). With any other pad he'd buck like a bronc until you came off...
They have demo pads, just email them and try one out! You'll only be out shipping if it doesn't work.
I'd also recommend giving her some time off and some massage work, so her back is 100% sound when you
do try a new pad and/or saddle. You won't really know what works unless her back is good before you start.
Last edited by luvs2ride1979; 02-16-2009 at 03:55 PM.