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    07-13-2012, 08:00 AM
  #21
Weanling
Wow, thanks very much for the info!
Do you feel the thicker ones have the same about of protection as the thin ones?
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I love love love my Thinline pad. I have seen such a difference in my horse's comfort as well as mine. My horse has to see the chiropractor every few months and she has also noticed a difference in his back. I have the thicker black one for every day use and then the thinner white one for horse shows. I also trimmed it a tiny bit with scissors so you can't notice it with my hunter pad. I also like that they have many pad options. I think my next Thinline purchases will be the girth and some boots.
     
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    07-13-2012, 11:07 AM
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I love love love my Thinline pad. I have seen such a difference in my horse's comfort as well as mine. My horse has to see the chiropractor every few months and she has also noticed a difference in his back. I have the thicker black one for every day use and then the thinner white one for horse shows. I also trimmed it a tiny bit with scissors so you can't notice it with my hunter pad. I also like that they have many pad options. I think my next Thinline purchases will be the girth and some boots.
I assume thicker is "standard" and thinner is "ultra". I have standard myself (ultra is too thin to my taste). Ultra is also more expensive (BB, by "thicker" it's like 3-4 mm thicker :) ).

Interesting enough while I love their pads, I didn't like the reins much: they got very stiff in winter, so I had to return them.
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    07-13-2012, 10:40 PM
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Foal
This isn't quite as fancy but it will save you a lot of money if it works for you and you are willing to try it.

EVERY SINGLE TIME I RIDE.
I use a thin cotton pad, that's what I put on first. Then, I fold a plain white leg-wrap in half long ways and put it over her withers. The saddle goes on, and she's got wither support. It isn't a large piece of material over the already-thin pad which is great for the heat or just not to have that much extra material there.

If this method works for you (my saddle fitter showed me and it works perfectly every time), you can purchase and mix and match a bunch of thin and cheap saddle pads and get a leg wrap and then you are done.

If it doesn't work out, there are some different wither relief options and pads. Check out Dover Saddlery. They also have a great online chat service and the live reps will walk you through some good options based on your situation -- they are educated so feel free to share your issue with them.

Thanks and good luck, happy riding! (:
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