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post #1 of 13 Old 02-01-2011, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on the rambo neoprene or lami-cell memory foam?

I am impatiently waiting for my saddle to arrive. I think that it is going to be a hair too wide. It's a 33.5 cm tree, but a 31 cm was too narrow.

Anybody have any thoughts on the rambo neoprene or the lami-cell memory foam half pads?

Rambo pad: Rambo Neoprene Half Pad - Plum Kitten - Horse Shaped Saddle Pads English HorseLoverZ.com

Lami-cell pad: Dover Saddlery | Lami-Cell Memory Saddle Pad .

Or should I just start checking the couches for pennies and save up my money for something like the skito bridge pad (my horse has some hollows around/behind his withers)?

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post #2 of 13 Old 02-01-2011, 05:17 PM
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I haven't used either of those, but I strongly recommend the Fleeceworks Perfect Balance pads with front and rear shims for minor adjustments. I LOVE mine. Two other girls at my barn bought it after seeing mine and have seen a huge improvement in their saddle fit.

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post #3 of 13 Old 02-01-2011, 09:55 PM
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I'd say Skito or Thinline with inserts would be a better choice. But on other side I filled up the hollow in shoulder with just folded no-bow wrap (suggested by my saddle fitter, $12/pair in Dover), and it worked just fine.
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post #4 of 13 Old 02-01-2011, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, after the saddle purchase I am on a pretty tight budget, so as much as I would like a skito, I think I am going to have find a cheaper solution for the short term.

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post #5 of 13 Old 02-02-2011, 12:38 PM
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I don't like neoprene. It doesn't breathe, creates heat/sweat, and has a "bounce back" action. It really isn't a good saddle pad material.

You can sometimes find used pads on eBay or tacktrader.com. I would recommend Skito, ThinLine, or Supracor. All three are very shock absorbing and last a long time.
Supracor Western Cool Grip® pad - eBay (item 200569950295 end time Feb-06-11 09:24:54 PST)
ThinLine Western Half Saddle Pad - Black - eBay (item 160374822773 end time Feb-25-11 07:46:37 PST) - You would use this one over a 1/2" or 3/4" felt pad or thick doubled woven blanket.

Skito has used and "seconds" pads listed on their web site.
"Skito Custom Saddle Pads, Shims for Saddle Pads, New and Used Saddle Pads"

If you can't afford a "fancy" pad right now, I would stick with just a good 3/4" wool felt pad. They can be just as expensive though for a good one.
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post #6 of 13 Old 02-02-2011, 01:00 PM
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luvs, doesn't she talk about english saddle?
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post #7 of 13 Old 02-02-2011, 01:06 PM
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Hehe, woops. lol
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post #9 of 13 Old 02-02-2011, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I would love one of those, but I need to stay under $50 right now. :(

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post #10 of 13 Old 02-02-2011, 10:11 PM
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I really like my Thinline pad with front and rear shims. Definitely not cheap, I got mine through Amazon.com for $160 with free shipping and that included 2 different sets of shims.
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