There is a 100% wool pad that I would die to get my hands on. It is $250 and if I thought my hubby wouldn't shot me I would do it. Like franknbeans said if you can touch and feel the difference its unbelievable. My tack shop ordered several and they will be in December 1st. I want my hubby to go feel them. The diamond pads are really good for the money and I love them. I mis spoke earlier when I said I wouldn't trade them for any other pad. Just this one other but I will probably only be able to dream of getting it. Posted via Mobile Device
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? Posted via Mobile Device
It really depends on your horse and saddle fit. I can't use a 1" pad on my horse without my saddle sliding all over the place because she's so round. Her saddle fits very well closer to her body, but the extra inch of padding just raised the saddle too far off her shoulders. I actually ended up going with a 1/2" pad so I could throw a pretty woven one over top for showing. It's amazing how much more stable the saddle was after that switch. If you have the opportunity to borrow a 1" pad and try it out with a show blanket over top I would. Of course if your horse has a good set of withers you may be safe either way.
I use a Won pad, I love it because I can just hose the underside down when its dirty, works well for every day use. However only draw back is the leather on the sides, it gets in the way of my leather cinch, it doesn't run smoothly against the leather sides. It's a bit of a pain.
I've ridden English all my life and have recently switched to western. I am trying my mare in barrels but she has never ran them so I don't know if she will like doing that. With that being said I purchased a barrel saddle but did not want to make a huge investment in one just yet until I know this is what she wants to do. BUT I am wanting to buy a really nice pad since I will have it for a while. The saddle is a tiny bit too wide in her withers and after riding in it is slips down some and I don't want it to make her sore. I'm looking for info on the Impact Gel pads. I'm looking at the contour pad but should I get the "built up" impact gel contour pad (says it helps with ill fitting saddle) or just the regular impact gel contour pad??? She is out of shape but she develops a nice top line and muscle tone when she is in shape.
I know I need to make an investment in a saddle and the pad is not going to fix the problem but I can't fork out 1200$ just yet until I can see if she likes to run the barrels, poles and cones. I'm looking for something to help. I'm taking things really slow with her so she won't be running for a while. Still working on her getting back into shape with lots of trails and dressage exercises. Thanks!!!!
What are the dimensions of these? I looked on the link and couldn't find any measurements.
As I said, I am shopping too. I am torn between the Reismans Tacky Too and the Weaver AP contour at this point. Do you put an underpad on to keep the dirt away from the pad? Because I don't want layers.
What about keeping any of these clean? I currently have pads that I can put in a HD washer, but I wouldn't want to put either of these, or the felt pad above in a washing machine. What do you all do to keep your pads clean?
I believe they are 30" long
I will try to find a pic of a Saddle on one, someone sent me a pic of one a while back
EDIT: Found the Pic, her friend does not have the pad positioned very well and the shipping fleece was still on the horn, the pic was only for reference.... The skirts on that Saddle are 25"
With an Australian-style saddle, I use one thickness of the Mayatex wool blanket. They seem to sweat less this way than with wool felt. However, our normal rides are 1-2 hours, so more intense riding might not work. Don't know.
Never tried two blankets running barrels. Or one. Do they let old fat guys with glasses run barrels? Would they let me use a horse?
On trail rides with Trooper, it works well. It seems to breath more than felt, and at the end of the ride the hair is smooth and flat. But being ridden on a trail ride by a 110 lb girl isn't exactly demanding use...
I'm still trying to convince her that stirrups were invented for a reason. But then, what does a Dad know?