So I'm thinking about getting a Ultra Thinline Sheepskin Half Pad, but I'm not sure yet. Anyone had one before? What are your opinions?
And for whatever reason I can't decide which size to get (if I get one). It may seem silly but I haven't shopped for a saddle pad in a long while. The Medium is 18" between the rolls and 23" including the rolls. The Large is 19 1/4" between the rolls and 24" including the rolls. It says if your saddle has large or wide panels, choose the large. I can't even remember what size my saddle is (how horrible)..probably a 17.5 though, wintec all purpose.
I own the Ultra Thinline Comfort Sheepskin Half Pad and I cannot rave enough about it.
Due to poor saddle fit for me with a previous saddle I had, all my weight was being distributed on the rear of the saddle instead of over my horses center of gravity, and due to that, over the year of time using this saddle, my TB's loin muscles have been damaged.
Even though we are doing of a ton of rehab on him, during the 2+ months he's been off from being ridden, that muscle damage will remain permenant. Chrio, Massage Therapy, Accupuncture, Muscle Supplements, Hand Work, Carrot Stretches, hill work, lunging 4 days a week....etc, etc....even still, without the Thinline Pad on his back *I went with the sheepskin because of how thick it is* when you put pressure on his loin, he'll let you know that it hurts. Now, the pain is no where near where it used to be, he's still slightly tender - but with the half pad on his back, he doesn't even budge or flinch or even realize you are putting pressure on that area.
Then adding the saddle to his back, and adding as much pressure as possible, torquing it and doing your upmost to apply pressure on the loin area with the half pad - we get absolutely no response at all from my horse.
So the product does exactly what the product states it does. Well worth the money! I got an amazing deal on my half pad through www.horseloverz.com . This pad is usually over $200 brand new, but I got mine for $178.00 total, with free shipping.
I bought the Black Pad, cause I'm an Eventer and I'd destroy white pretty quickly, and I got it in a Large. The saddle I am buying that fits me wonderfully and my boy, is an 18".
Wow, awesome! I'm glad it's working so well for you and your horse.
The pics really put it into perspective. Thanks! You wouldn't happen to have a pic of it on would you? Just curious. I'm drawn to the white but I know how difficult sheepskin can be to clean...but I wonder if you can waterproof it or use stain resistant spray, like you would sheepskin boots? Most of my pads are simple cotton pads, I just throw them in the wash when the get gross looking.
I have one in white and one without the sheepskin in black for schooling. I don't trust my abilities to keep the white one white, so I'm using it for shows only. I love both pads. My horse is a little hollow on one shoulder, so the shimmable feature has already proved useful. Love thinline!
I went with the sheepskin 1/2 pad because that was recommended to me by the saddlers whom worked with my horse. Because he is so hard to fit, I have to go with a wider saddle to accomodate his broad shoulders and back - so the sheepskin fills in that horse that I need to keep the saddle up and off of his withers.
The thinline dmininishes the pressure points, which I love, and I can shim that half pad up to fill in the muscle atrophy behind his shoulders, and add a bit more horse on one side where he has less muscle development than the other side.
As Kitten said, if your saddle already fits, do not get the sheepskin pad, because that will add way to much bulk/thickness and will cause discomfort for your horse. If your saddle already fits, go with the Thinline Pad that has no sheepskin - like the Thinline Trifecta...
You can still shim, without the bulk and still have the essentials that the thinline products offer.
I LOVE my sheepskin 1/2 pad. Its been used for about 2 months now, and its still pretty white! I have no problems keeping the sheepskin clean, but the top of the pad did have a little black from my saddle rubbing. However, I just got some hardcore carpet stain remover and scrubbed it and it looks brand new!
It really does create a different ride, and is great to fill in places your saddle can't reach.