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    10-19-2012, 11:26 PM
  #31
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Originally Posted by BossHoss    
100% agree with this! Best pad out there for that amount of money, IMHO.
I got mine from here, though: Ranch Tough Contoured Pad

We have several of these and I wouldn't trade them for anything.
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    10-20-2012, 10:11 AM
  #32
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I was looking at the Diamond Wool pad but was planning on getting a 3/4" pad, because I worry a 1" pad will be too thick if I want to throw a blanket over it for show. Does anyone use a 1" pad plus a wool show blanket?
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    10-20-2012, 10:16 AM
  #33
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
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.
I'm just not so sold on the 5 Star products to believe they're worth over a hundred dollars more than similar style pads. IMO they're terribly overpriced and I just can't justify spending that kind of money.
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    10-20-2012, 11:10 AM
  #34
Yearling
I use a wool blanket over my diamond pad and don't have any problems
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    10-20-2012, 11:25 AM
  #35
Foal
I use a wool blanket over my 1" pad and have noticed no ill effects. :)
     
    10-20-2012, 02:33 PM
  #36
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Originally Posted by nikelodeon79    
I'm just not so sold on the 5 Star products to believe they're worth over a hundred dollars more than similar style pads. IMO they're terribly overpriced and I just can't justify spending that kind of money.
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My only question would be-Have you ever actually touched and felt (no pun intended) both of them? There really IS a huge difference. Perhaps I am more in tune to it because I sew and handle fabrics a lot? I don't know. To me it is like comparing really good leather with crap leather. Both are leather, yes, but one feels, wears etc. totally different. But-to each their own. That is why there are different makes.
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    10-20-2012, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
My only question would be-Have you ever actually touched and felt (no pun intended) both of them? There really IS a huge difference. Perhaps I am more in tune to it because I sew and handle fabrics a lot? I don't know. To me it is like comparing really good leather with crap leather. Both are leather, yes, but one feels, wears etc. totally different. But-to each their own. That is why there are different makes.
Oh, I'm definitely not talking about the difference between 5 Star and Diamond... I'm sure there's quite a contrast there.

I'm talking about more "higher end" pads... ones in the $150 range. I just don't see how 5 Star pads can justify being THAT much more expensive than everything else on the market.

Perhaps I'm just bitter because I can't afford one.
     
    10-20-2012, 04:00 PM
  #38
Trained
I get it-it has taken me a lot of years to get here....
     
    10-20-2012, 04:09 PM
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I just bought a new horse and a saddle... Saddle was the same price as the horse! Lol! Trying to save a bit on pad and cinch, without compromising too much on quality.
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    10-20-2012, 05:05 PM
  #40
Yearling
I'm actually a fan of the Reinsman Tacky Too pads. They stay put and work really well for my husband who's weight causes the saddle to slip while mounting no matter how much we tighten the darn cinch. I originally just bought one for my husband but ended up stealing it from him all the time so I bought another and that's all we use now. The trail pad style is contoured so it works well with my husband's Australian saddle and it's like it was custom made for my round skirt barrel saddle although it also works with my square skirt barrel saddle as well. They don't sweat any more in these pads than they would in a wool pad and actually what attracts me a lot to the Reinsman pad is the preformed channel or crease along the spine of the pad. It's almost like an air tunnel and quite often I'll unsaddle and have sweaty sides but dryness along the spine. And it just seems to help shape it better around their backs with this crease. Anyway, just personal preference I guess. At $79, they aren't the cheapest but by far not the most expensive either.

Here's my boy modeling. ;)
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