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post #1 of 15 Old 03-15-2012, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Trimming Thinline Contour Pads! Advice?

Hi, I've recently purchased a large ultra ThinLine contour pad, and am looking for a bit of advice about trimming them down.
I've been told if I trace around the pad whilst under the saddle and cutting with sharp scissors/stanley knife I should be okay.

But, I'm just a little unsure about how the pad should sit on a horse. Could anyone show photos? How close to the saddles should I cut? Oh, and do you think it should be fine for me to have a shot riding in it tonight before I trim it, it's quite huge, it's a large & I have a 17" GP saddle...
If anyone has some tips for me I'd love it!

Thanks! Jess
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Jess, WHY do you want to trim it? I have contour pad myself (for several years already) and never even thought about trimming it. You just put it on top of your standard thin pad (I assume you ride english?) centered and the saddle on top of it.

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Jess, WHY do you want to trim it? I have contour pad myself (for several years already) and never even thought about trimming it. You just put it on top of your standard thin pad (I assume you ride english?) centered and the saddle on top of it.
Hi, because I bought it second hand (unused) & large was what I got. Looking at it (and as I expected) it will be a long way from sitting under the saddle, so will definitely need a trim. If I had gone out and spend $100 more on a new one I certainly would have bought the right size I wouldn't be doing it, lol!
Have contacted thinline and they gave some advice, but was hoping someone could elaborate.

Are you happy with yours? Very much looking forward to trying it tomorrow, very sensitive mare, hoping it may help Spides to relax a bit more, or else will help my back! Prevention rather than cure, will make me feel better anyway lol!
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Just curious, what is the size of your saddle?

Yes, I'm very happy with mine. The difference was very noticeable when I started using it, and I never regretted the money I spent on it (I bought the one new). BTW, bunch of people on this forum use Thinline pads, and everyone seems to be very happy with it.

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Just curious, what is the size of your saddle?

Yes, I'm very happy with mine. The difference was very noticeable when I started using it, and I never regretted the money I spent on it (I bought the one new). BTW, bunch of people on this forum use Thinline pads, and everyone seems to be very happy with it.
It's a 17", what do you think?
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It's a 17", what do you think?
My A/P (I just sold) was 17" and the pad never looked too big. My CC used to be 17.5", also no problem. I have 18" dressage and CC and the pad is just-just (it wouldn't fit 18.5). If you didn't trim yet, could you take some pics may be to see how it look?

P.S. I have standard large Thinline contour pad, not ultra, but I'd expect them to be same in size.

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I just checked the sizes. Hmmmm... The standard fits saddles up to 18", however ultra up to 19", so may be too big indeed. Pics wouldn't hurt anyway.

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My A/P (I just sold) was 17" and the pad never looked too big. My CC used to be 17.5", also no problem. I have 18" dressage and CC and the pad is just-just (it wouldn't fit 18.5). If you didn't trim yet, could you take some pics may be to see how it look?

P.S. I have standard large Thinline contour pad, not ultra, but I'd expect them to be same in size.
Okay, I suppose I'll take a look tomorrow under my saddle and judge for myself haha. If it's fine I wouldn't worry! Certainly not cutting anything until I've seen how it sits, wasn't cheap enough for me to hack at it! Just looking for advice in case I do want to
Thanks for your help! Always good to hear reviews.
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I just checked the sizes. Hmmmm... The standard fits saddles up to 18", however ultra up to 19", so may be too big indeed. Pics wouldn't hurt anyway.
No worries, haha. Will take some pics, and put them up when I get home. Will be sure to tell all if I feel a difference too!
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Thanks for your help! Always good to hear reviews.
Not a problem!

I'm very careful myself about cutting/changing/trimming, because unfortunately you won't be able to glue it back on, so I prefer to check it like 10 times before making a final decision. The best scenario would be if you don't have to cut at all, but... I'm sure you'll like the pad!

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