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post #1 of 16 Old 08-21-2008, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Memory foam pads

Anyone using a memory foam western pad? If so, what density, thickness... are they worth the extra cost? Can I just cut a mattress pad and use it directly on the horse?

Many questions about these pads...

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post #2 of 16 Old 08-22-2008, 12:33 AM
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Yes, they are well worth the cost. I recommend either the Professional's Choice ESP pad, or the Memory Foam pad by Wrangler.
Both have a spine-free channel, which eliminates bulk underneath the gullet of the saddle, offering a better fit.
Both pads have an orthopedic felt on the underside of the pad, and a high quality weave wool on the outside, with excellent memory foam on the inside.
The thing about memory foam is that it conforms to the horse's back on one side, and to your saddle on the other, creating a "custom fit" to your horse. And it holds that shape for the duration of the ride, then springs back to its original "neutral" shape once you take the pressure off of it.
Well worth the money.


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Yes, they are well worth the cost. I recommend either the Professional's Choice ESP pad, or the Memory Foam pad by Wrangler.
Both have a spine-free channel, which eliminates bulk underneath the gullet of the saddle, offering a better fit.
Both pads have an orthopedic felt on the underside of the pad, and a high quality weave wool on the outside, with excellent memory foam on the inside.
The thing about memory foam is that it conforms to the horse's back on one side, and to your saddle on the other, creating a "custom fit" to your horse. And it holds that shape for the duration of the ride, then springs back to its original "neutral" shape once you take the pressure off of it.
Well worth the money.
Thanks! I'm wondering, because my friend has 6 Thoroughbreds and an Appie that I ride, and we wondered if buying one of those king-size mattress pads, say a 3-inch 8-lb density pad, and cutting it in several pieces and using it "naked". Would work. The individual pads are way expensive and it would reduce the cost a great deal if we could cut our own. For the cost of one king-size pad (about $900) we could get 6 or 7 saddle pads... cost comes way down. About $150 ea as opposed to $250 or so for a manufactured pad...
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I've had mixed results with memory foam pads. I have an ESP pad and find that even with fleece on the bottom, it still does not keep my horse's back as cool as 1" natural felt does.

It does conform well and helps with saddles that are a little larger then perfect but I still find that the felt does a much better job and the conforming ones can be had for under $100 on ebay (not the ones with rubber backing or "sticky back" and other names they call them). Just simple, natural, 100% felt 1" thick.

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I've had mixed results with memory foam pads. I have an ESP pad and find that even with fleece on the bottom, it still does not keep my horse's back as cool as 1" natural felt does.

It does conform well and helps with saddles that are a little larger then perfect but I still find that the felt does a much better job and the conforming ones can be had for under $100 on ebay (not the ones with rubber backing or "sticky back" and other names they call them). Just simple, natural, 100% felt 1" thick.
I looked at the specs for the ESP pad and it only has 1/2 inch of memory foam; for $129!!. That is nowhere near enough. It's no wonder you didn't get good results.

I weigh 220 lbs and I am reading that at least 3inches would be needed to do the job. What are these manufacturers thinking? I'm going to make my own with 3inch 8lb density memory foam. That should do the job and my horse will be verry happy!
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The thing that I would worry about is the horse's ability to cool down. The memory foam will trap heat from the horse where, if it was covered with wool the wool has natural wicking abilities. I have a memory foam mattress topper and both my hubby and I have noticed that it is not as cool as the mattress itself. It is really comfortable to lay on but we have had to toss one of the blankets off the bed to stay comfortably cool at nite.

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3" thick padding? Do you think your saddle will fit? How about the weight?

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The thing that I would worry about is the horse's ability to cool down. The memory foam will trap heat from the horse where, if it was covered with wool the wool has natural wicking abilities. I have a memory foam mattress topper and both my hubby and I have noticed that it is not as cool as the mattress itself. It is really comfortable to lay on but we have had to toss one of the blankets off the bed to stay comfortably cool at nite.
Needs more research, I guess. Hence the reason I am posting these questions to see if there are considerations I have not thought of.
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3" thick padding? Do you think your saddle will fit? How about the weight?
I may need a girth or flank strap extension, but as the material compresses, it will smooth itself out.

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3" thick padding? Do you think your saddle will fit? How about the weight?
I may need a girth or flank strap extension, but as the material compresses, it will smooth itself out.

Phil
That's a lot of padding to put under a saddle, wouldn't it be too much bulk?


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