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    01-04-2011, 08:07 AM
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Thinline vs Ultra Thinline pads?

Just wonder if anyone use both and that's the difference? Thanks!
     
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    01-04-2011, 09:03 AM
  #2
Trained
Good question! And - do you find that Thinline Pads do what they claim to do? Are they worth spending the money on?
     
    01-04-2011, 09:21 AM
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Yes, MIE, they work wonder. I actually have regular contour pad (Thinline Contour Pad Thinline (Equine - Horse Tack Supplies - English Horse Tack - Pads Girths)) for over year, and now thinking if I have to get ultra small one (like this English Ultra ThinLine Contour Pad Thinline (Equine - Horse Tack Supplies - English Horse Tack - Pa or this English Ultra Thinline Half Pad Thinline (Equine - Horse Tack Supplies - English Horse Tack - Pads) for the dressage saddle (because it's thinner) and leave my regular for just jumping and trails. (that's why I posted in 1st place, I'm wondering if ultra will make more sense fit-wise).

From my experience with regular one, the jumping feels very different with and without the one. As you know I'm total beginner in jumping, and when I jumped lesson horse without one I could feel it VERY well in my back through the whole cord. When I jumped my own horses with the pad, it indeed absorbed the shock making it easier on my back (and I'm sure on horse's back too).
     
    01-04-2011, 09:24 AM
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Trained
If you purchase a new one, would you be interested in selling your old one?

I really like the look of the Ultra Sheepskin Thinline Half Pad:

Dover Saddlery | Ultra Thinline Sheepskin Half Pad .
     
    01-04-2011, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    
If you purchase a new one, would you be interested in selling your old one?
I may sell it. But I'm still thinking if they are that different. If not, I'll just keep using mine. I believe luvs used (or at least had) both, so she may share her experience.

Actually, I don't like much the sheepskin one because of the bulkiness (at least the way it looks). The beauty of the one I use (or the Ultra) IMHO is that it's so thin that it doesn't add bulkiness still protects very well.
     
    01-04-2011, 09:40 AM
  #6
Started
I've been using a Thinline with our welsh cob under the advisement of a lady who massages her periodically. I honestly can't say that I've felt a major difference, but then I don't do the higher impact things such as jumping. I do like the Thinline perfectly well and use it regularly, and the massage therapist doesn't seem to have been so concerned about my cob's back.

In fact, I'm about to order this pad, which is an Ultra Thinline. It will greatly simplify my tacking up, as I have to use something to lift the front of the saddle just a smidge and you can order inserts for this pad>> II UTLCotton Comfort Fitted Contr Drssg and Dressage Pads w Saddle Fit Adjustments | EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM I like this pad as well because the Thinline material is only on the panels of the pad, not going over the withers and spine. It's always been a bit of a concern of mine whether the regular Thinline pads might be at all restrictive over her withers and spine.
     
    01-04-2011, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Eolith    
In fact, I'm about to order this pad, which is an Ultra Thinline. It will greatly simplify my tacking up, as I have to use something to lift the front of the saddle just a smidge and you can order inserts for this pad>> II UTLCotton Comfort Fitted Contr Drssg and Dressage Pads w Saddle Fit Adjustments | EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM I
That one looks great! My only concern - how you going to wash it? I'd think using washing machine is dangerous...
     
    01-04-2011, 10:13 AM
  #8
Green Broke
I have the thinline ultra and I think it's a pretty big waste of money. I can't feel a bit of difference. -as far as my horses moving more freely or being able to sit the trot better or any of the claims that they advertise. Definitely not a miracle worker! I'm sure it does offer some sort of comfort and since I ride several different horses with the same saddle I do occasionally use it (it's so thin it doesn't seem to affect saddle fit). Lately i've been using a gel non slip pad and i've been a much bigger fan of that instead. Saddle doesn't move and it offers a lot more absorption of concussion. I got mine thinline new on ebay for about $50, otherwise I wouldn't have wasted my money. 90% of the time mine just sits dusty in my locker.

Sorry, I guess that doesn't quite answer your question! I think the main difference is the ultra is thinner. But thought i'd throw my 2c in!
     
    01-04-2011, 10:20 AM
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That's interesting, upnover. Frankly I don't believe in "moving more freely" and all that stuff, I was only talking from the prospective of the shock absorbing (and it's definitely a case for me and my horse). Also it doesn't slip for sure. I wonder if there is a difference between Ultra and regular then...

Just curious... Do you have a contour or just half pad?
     
    01-04-2011, 10:24 AM
  #10
Green Broke
The advertisements (and reviews from several knowledgeable people on different forums) sure made it sound like a bit of a miracle! :) reduces back pain, helps you sit the trot, horses move better, etc etc etc. Yeah, none of that for me either! If you can really drop an egg on it and not have it crack i'm sure it does absorb some sort of shock though. I have the half pad. The kind with the cloth lining on the bottom? I don't remember the model name.
     

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