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        03-25-2013, 12:58 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    First....sounds like a saddle fitting issue vs pad issue.

    Second...don't waste your money....I had one and was NOT a fan of it. My saddle rolled (on different horses even), it was too tight around the shoulders with the build up, and slipped around a lot.

    I would suggest a 5 Star wool pad! GREAT Pads!
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        03-25-2013, 06:48 AM
      #12
    Trained
    I agree with 5 star-there really IS a difference in the wool felt from the less expensive ones. It is soft, and 100% wool.
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        03-25-2013, 08:30 AM
      #13
    Started
    I second franknbeans, the 5 star pad is top quality and worth every red cent!
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        03-25-2013, 09:38 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    Hah Corporal, I was wondering the same thing and when I checked the price they were $288.00! I also wondered the same thing for my hubby and wondered if it might cause pressure point around the hole? Anyways I agree with the others that the pad is to protect the saddle not the horse but when you have a problem we want to do all we can to protect the horse.

    As you see I wondered the same thing but above before I wrote this I came out of this show (which was great) wondering if I could make my own saddle. I have a 5-star pad 7/8" and LOVE it. Hubby has a Toklat 1/2" and my original plan was for another 5-star for his birthday in June.

    I just read yesterday the differance between a 5-star and a Diamond wool pad, the Diamond pad is needled and is not the quality of a 5-star, it will compress easier, that's all I remembered about that. Well now I can read the rest of the posts..
         
        03-25-2013, 06:56 PM
      #15
    Foal
    To the OP - let me ask it this way. You have a nice pair of boots that fit you great w/a regular pair of socks on. So, you decide to go on a long hike w/those boots, & since you want to be comfortable, you put on very heavy socks to give you "padding/cushion", right? WRONG. You surely would not put extra pads or thicker pads on your horse - that would be the same theory. You would be miserable w/those thick socks in short order & it's the same for the horse w/the double pads or extra thick ones. First - you need a saddle that FITS THE HORSE. No pad in the world is going to make a poorly fitting saddle "fit". Then you get the thickness of pad that compliments that fit - simple as that. If your saddles are too tight for that big boy, you need a bigger saddle, probably a draft size tree. If you go w/a quality pad that is not going to squish all down, then you have that compression/concussion rating & protection, no matter who is riding the horse, where you are riding or for how long.
         
        03-25-2013, 10:22 PM
      #16
    Trained
    With a too narrow saddle, extra padding is bad. If the saddle is too wide horizontally, then extra padding works fine. So if the blue line is too long, but the black is right, then padding works.



    With wither relief, it is a little different. If the saddle doesn't clear the withers by much, then a heavier rider can compress things so the saddle will bump the withers. There again, a bit of extra padding in the right spot, or a cut-out, can prevent the contact.

    FWIW, I've used the Wintec saddle pads with western saddles. Don't own a McClellan, haven't tried one, can't say if it would work. Just a thought, feel free to ignore it all.
         
        03-26-2013, 10:09 AM
      #17
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bsms    
    With a too narrow saddle, extra padding is bad. If the saddle is too wide horizontally, then extra padding works fine. So if the blue line is too long, but the black is right, then padding works.



    With wither relief, it is a little different. If the saddle doesn't clear the withers by much, then a heavier rider can compress things so the saddle will bump the withers. There again, a bit of extra padding in the right spot, or a cut-out, can prevent the contact.

    FWIW, I've used the Wintec saddle pads with western saddles. Don't own a McClellan, haven't tried one, can't say if it would work. Just a thought, feel free to ignore it all.
    Not necessarily on the too wide of a saddle - many times, if a saddle is too wide & you pad up, it causes bridging & then you have even more problems & potentially a very sore backed horse. Thicker padding on a too wide saddle also has more chance for roll. And, depending on what you are using for the padding, it can really sore up withers, etc too.
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        03-26-2013, 03:53 PM
      #18
    Started
    Padding a wider saddle doesn't do anything but put the horse in pain. Buy a saddle that fits the horse
         
        03-26-2013, 04:05 PM
      #19
    CCH
    Weanling
    One of my friend's had the CA pad with the cut outs behind the shoulder. I thought it was very inflexible and not as supportive as I expected. I talked her into getting a Cutter Collection, and she like the Cutter Collection much better.

    I can't promote them anymore though because the company has been sold and I don't think the pads are near the same quality. I have not tried a 5 star or a diamond wool, but I would based on what I hear about them.
         
        03-26-2013, 07:37 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    The pad someone was asking about that you add shims to is a Thinline pad. My hubby and I both have one and it does serve a purpose. Both our saddles are a tad too wide so it does help. My horse has 3 shims on the right at the present time and 2 on the left as he is a little uneven. It won't help though if your saddle is too narrow.
         

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