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post #1 of 8 Old 11-30-2008, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle pads..what's your thinking?

I ride English, and I am not thrilled with the current saddle pad I have.It is a large thick foam closed-cell device (borrowed, asap to be tossed), and I am certain it is at best terrible at sweat transfer.
Experience and research tells me that the fleece pads (fleeceworks, etc..) are one of the ways to go, however I enjoy the vast experience we have here, and would like your thoughts. I am trying to avoid paying 100+ (us dollars) for this, but......Thanks
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-30-2008, 10:25 PM
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I love waffle saddle pads. They're usually shaped like a square dressage pad; they breathe, they absorb concussion amazingly well, and most importantly... they're like 30 bucks, lol.
My horse used to be nippy when I tacked him up--but when I switched to the waffle pad, he was perfectly fine--and 'refused' to ride without it. ;) You need to replace them occasionally (like every 2 years or so) but they're worth it and not a silly price. ;)
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-30-2008, 10:56 PM
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What is the purpose of your saddle pad? If you are trying to change the way your saddle fits, change your saddle. If you are trying to keep your saddle clean, use a simple cloth pad. If you are trying to wick sweat away I would go to your tack shop and look for one that is designed for that (probably a waffle pad). A saddle pad isn't meant to absorb shock or add cushioning, they are meant to keep your saddle clean.

Personally I like a simple white pad under my saddle :)
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-30-2008, 11:17 PM
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im assuming that because you mentioned sweat transfer in your original post that your main concern is sweat??

a sweat rug or waffle rug as mentioned is a good idea. i have one and use it when its really hot. most of the time in the heat i ride bareback but sometimes i ride in a saddle. obviously there is still sweat when i unsaddle her but it isnt as bad as having a rug that doesnt breathe.

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post #5 of 8 Old 11-30-2008, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Yes sweat is one of the issues. the closed-cell foam monster isn't what I ideally think should be used. Gets too dirty, doesn't let his sweat out ,way too thick and bulky, etc. As to WHY I want to pad underneath, It is a combination of a small amount of cushioning (minor point really), sweat release, somewhat of saddle hygiene (another minor point again)
Maybe I am just so ingrained to using a saddle pad that I can't remember the last time I didn't...oh well

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post #6 of 8 Old 12-01-2008, 12:20 AM
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no using a saddle pad is fine but if your saddle fits properly ideally you shouldnt need one. i always use one though for added comfort.

the problem with a saddle pad that is too thick is that it doesnt allow the horse to feel you as well under the saddle. im a huge fan of fleece numnahs :) the provide great cushioning without the bulk. but for sweat, a sweat pad is the best

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I'm indecisive about pads absorbing shock. Ideally, your saddle should fit well enough that you don't need one. But, they did a recent study and they found that most english saddles have a ton of pressure points because of their design and the nature of the way they lay on the horse's back.

Since I have a wintec/bates, I just make it a size bigger and put in a comfy blanket. My horses tell me when the sizing is off ;)
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-01-2008, 12:38 PM
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If you don't need a shock absorbing pad, then just use a cotton square pad or a shaped fleece pad. Toklat's Coolback or Woolback fleece are both very nice for wicking sweat and some mild cushion. They come in all shapes and sizes, and the Coolbacks come in a variety of fun colors.

If you want something that's shock absorbing, I can recommend ThinLine Pads, Skito Pads, and Supracor Pads. The ThinLine are the thinnest and least expensive (if you go with the Half Pad or Contour Pad). The Skito Pads are shimable and custom made, which is a very nice option! The Supracor pads are very nifty (a friend has one and swears by it), but pricey ;). I have both Skito and ThinLine pads and LOVE them! They really do work as well as they claim.

Sheepskin is nice, but not really that shock absorbing. It also adds bulk, which can change the saddle fit. If your saddle is a hair on the wide side, then sheepskin might be a nice option. I recommend Engel, Fleeceworks, or Mattes. Roma or other cheaper "off brands" aren't made with very good sheepskin. You want 100% merino sheepskin, preferably medical grade.

A nice wool felt pad isn't a bad choice either.
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