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post #1 of 16 Old 06-10-2011, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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I have neoprine saddle pads (western). Wanted to ask, what is the best type to use and is there an issue with the fleece lined ones? And if so, why?

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My horse couldn't stand neoprene at all. I always used fleece ones. Got Reinsman (sold it this year after quitting Western) and loved it: it was nice and kept its shape (unlike those cheapy ones). The good part about the fleece IMHO: it soaks in the sweat. The bad part - neoprene probably slides less.

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I use a Reinsman neoprene pad and it is great if the horse will accept the pad. My barrel horse, however, has very sensitive skin and the pad irritates her.

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I have some fleece pads but have been using them for my dogs to sleep on because someone had said they were not good but I can't remember why and now i'm seeing those comfort once.. I wonder if those are good? And of course the air ride ones...

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I use the cheaper fleecy ones and the only time that I notice a problem with slippage is when there is an underlying saddle fit issue. The only thing that I can think of that I would consider a negative is that they are harder to clean than a neoprene one.

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I use the cheaper fleecy ones and the only time that I notice a problem with slippage is when there is an underlying saddle fit issue. The only thing that I can think of that I would consider a negative is that they are harder to clean than a neoprene one.
I agree, I didn't have problems with slipping either, but that's what some people are complaining about. I assume depends on back of the horse. Washing it is a NIGHTMARE though (as I did it manually, couldn't use our regular washer obviously).

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When I ride I use a FG Lami-Cell Synthetic Suede Close Contact Pad. I swear it is the best saddle pad I have ever used. It has enough padding so it protects the horses back from the saddle but is a lot thinner than a fleece one (hence the close contact part :) ) It is super easy to wash and I also use it under my show blankets when I compete because it is thin enough! Only downside is it can be really hard to find in stores so I order them online.

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Kitten- a bit off subject, but why did you completely quit western? do you just prefer english?
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KV, when I have to clean mine, I just drape it upside down over a fence panel and use the pressure nozzle that I use when I bathe horses to wash it down. That works okay to get most of the dried sweat out but not a lot of the embedded hair and dirt. I am seriously considering buying one of these things. I'm sure that would work much better.

Anyway, sorry for going off on my own tangent LOL.

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I'm actually thinking about getting a new saddle pad. Mine is very thick and kind of curls up at the corner and sometimes my rein gets stuck. I would like something that would lay more flat on his body.
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