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post #1 of 7 Old 12-06-2008, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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Thinline Saddle Pads

I'm asking for a thinline saddle pad for Christmas but first I wanted to know what everyone here thought of them. This is the exact one I'll be getting...

I have troubles with back pain and it says that thinline pads helps with both human and horse back pain, which would be awesome! I just want to make sure it's worth my money or if I should look into something else?

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post #3 of 7 Old 12-06-2008, 06:22 PM
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I have two and LOVE them! My daughter uses the half pad and I have a larger western one to go under all of my different saddles. They really do seem to work to keep the horse comfortable and moving more freely.

If your horse has back pain, I would get that one along with the front and rear shims. The Ultra ThinLine material on its own is good for prevention of mild back soreness/fatigue, but the thicker 1/4" ThinLine material is better for sore backs or saddle fit issues. If you have the shims, you'll have double protection. You can always take the shims out and only use them for hard rides or when his back comes up a little tender.

ThinLine has a 30-day guarantee, so if you don't like it you can return the pad for a refund.

Also, if he has back issues, you might want to contact a equine chiropractor (I prefer one that is also a vet) to have his back checked and his saddle fit/placement checked. A good massage therapist to keep his back going between chiro visits might be a good idea too.

Oh, duh, I just read that it's YOU that has backpain! lol I read your post too quickly and thought it was your horse. Anyhow, yes, the Ultra ThinLine does well for riders. My daughter says she definitely notices a difference when she works on sitting trot. She says it's always a bit rougher without her pad.

Other people I have talked to say that it helps over time. You don't notice a big change right away, but after a few months of riding with it, you'll notice that your back isn't as sore as usual and less fatigued.

You might also want to buy the book "The Rider's Pain Free Back." It was written by a doctor who specilizes in back pain. It makes mention of ThinLine pads as a benifit to riders experiencing back soreness.
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Thank you so much!!

Everything I've heard and read about thinline pads have been wonderful. I'm excited to hear that your daughter thinks it helps with back pain which would be awesome for me. I know it won't work miracles but it'll at least help a bit.

I've heard of that book before and wasn't sure if it's worth my money. I've already been to physical therapy where I learned tons of exercises that I still do daily just to keep up my back strength so it is not as sore.
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post #5 of 7 Old 12-07-2008, 01:17 AM
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Those are definitely great to know (the exercises). What the book does is tell you things to do while you're in the saddle! And it explains what happens when you're riding to make you sore. It was really an eye opener for me. I have lower back issues too, and some of the techniques in the book really helped. You can get a used copy for only $11 on Amazon. I would definitely get it! Check the price over on too, to see if you can get a new one cheaper there.
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-07-2008, 02:42 AM
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I have one of these pads and I love it , and my horse does too
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-07-2008, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone I have decided to ask for this saddle pad for Christmas. I'm sure Brickens will enjoy it too!
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