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    10-19-2012, 01:50 AM
  #21
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Yep, that's a beauty.

Anyone ever try any of those pads made from bamboo fibers?
     
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    10-19-2012, 09:58 AM
  #22
Yearling
For those of you who use this material and style saddle pad do you put the pad against the skin and the saddle directly over the pad? I'm not asking because of how it looks, but its efficiency. It seems to me you would not because what you put under/over this pad would affect the pad's breathability.

I don't want to make that assumption.
     
    10-19-2012, 10:05 AM
  #23
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by AQHSam    
For those of you who use this material and style saddle pad do you put the pad against the skin and the saddle directly over the pad? I'm not asking because of how it looks, but its efficiency. It seems to me you would not because what you put under/over this pad would affect the pad's breathability.

I don't want to make that assumption.
If it is pure wool then you can put it against the skin. The felt pads that are a synthetic blend will burn a horses back and you need to put a wool blanket underneath the pad. Its up to you if you want to throw a blanket over the top.
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    10-19-2012, 11:35 AM
  #24
Yearling
Thank you Cowchick
     
    10-19-2012, 04:22 PM
  #25
Trained
So, Cowchick, does that mean the Reisman Tacky Too that has a rubberized underneath would need a wool pad/layer underneath it then?
     
    10-19-2012, 04:32 PM
  #26
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I personally would never put anything but the highest concentration of wool I can find in a pad directly against the skin. I guess cotton would be ok, since I use it in dressage all the time. But, wool has more "spring" to it, as the fibers themselves are of a corkscrew shape that compactsd and springs back very nicely., unlike cotton.
     
    10-19-2012, 05:32 PM
  #27
Trained
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I personally would never put anything but the highest concentration of wool I can find in a pad directly against the skin. I guess cotton would be ok, since I use it in dressage all the time. But, wool has more "spring" to it, as the fibers themselves are of a corkscrew shape that compactsd and springs back very nicely., unlike cotton.
Agree totally Tiny. The wool felt is just the best. However-the quality of the wool felt makes a HUGE difference, which is why I only have 5 Star pads. The feel is hugely softer than a less expensive pad, but the thing that really gets me are the "impurities" in some of the other wool felts I have actually gotten to touch and feel. They feel rough to me, and I have seen some cheaper wool ones have little pieces of sticks and stuff, which I would think could make for a **** crabby horse!

Oh-and I put a "pretty" wool blanket on top for looks. Nothing underneath for sure.
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    10-19-2012, 05:37 PM
  #28
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Does anyone use the Circle Y wool pads? Someone at my barn was using one and it felt much more flexible than a lot of the other wool pads I've seen.

I'm having difficulty finding a wool pad with black wear leathers, and the Circle Ys have that option. My horse is black where the saddle goes, so I don't necessarily want an all black pad, but a grey pad with black wear leathers would be nice. Of course, for show I'll probably just throw a blanket over the wool pad but I still want it to look nice for everyday use.
     
    10-19-2012, 05:58 PM
  #29
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
So, Cowchick, does that mean the Reisman Tacky Too that has a rubberized underneath would need a wool pad/layer underneath it then?
I don't know because I don't use neoprene pads. I used to ride team roping horses and it was always a big no no to put a felt pad(not pure wool pad) next to skin. Always told to put a pure wool blanket underneath. A pure wool pad was allowed to be next to skin. The wool will absorb the sweat as well.
This may be just me but I try not to overheat a horses back. I like wool pads and blankets that breathe. When I ride hard and get a chance to take a break, we always on a tough day once get cows turned loose, we unsaddled and watered horses(if water was available) before heading back to the barn or trailer.

I am sure it s just one of those things that just got pounded in my head at a young age, but it had stuck. :)
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    10-19-2012, 07:14 PM
  #30
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Originally Posted by SouthernTrailsGA    
100% agree with this! Best pad out there for that amount of money, IMHO.
I got mine from here, though: http://www.jeffersequine.com/ranch-t.../EQU/cp/3B-R1/
     

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