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post #1 of 14 Old 12-31-2008, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Wool Pad Suggestions

I just sold a pad and want to replace it with a nice wool western pad.

Can anyone give me recommendations?

Thank you.
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-31-2008, 09:52 PM
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post #3 of 14 Old 01-01-2009, 02:32 AM
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Are you talking that you want a wool felt or wool fleece. Here are a couple of sites that sell pretty inexpensive stuff and is pretty high quality.
Western Saddle Pads: Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com
I really like the Hogan Navaho Sandwich pad and I currently use a Navaho western pad with Fleece lining that I got from this site. It has lasted for several years under heavy use.
Pads (Horse: Horse Tack & Supplies Saddle Accessories)
This site has some of the more expensive name brands and specialty use pads but still has competitive prices.

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post #4 of 14 Old 01-01-2009, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suggestions.

I think what I am interested in would be called wool felt.

I was kind of interested in one on a page you directed me to. Here is the webpage:


Wonder-Wool Felt Pad (Equine - Horse Tack Supplies - Saddle Accessories - Pads),

Right now I have the really cheap neoprene ones sold through country supply, and, they are just not quality at all.

I do have a better one that I use the most, its a Cavello, I think that's how it's spelled. It's ok, but, I would rather have wool.

Thanks again.

Stormyblue, it will be a little bit before I make a decision. I have to do some more research, but, when I do, I'll let you know. I plan on making the purchase by spring because I won't be using the cheap ones anymore at all.
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post #5 of 14 Old 01-01-2009, 04:44 PM
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I like the 5 Star pads. I've been using a 7/8" pad for the past 6 months and I find it does a great job with shock absorption and keeping my gelding's back cool. Saddle Pads & Blankets, Wool Saddle Pads & Blankets: 5 Star Saddle Pads

Here is a great article about using wool: Saddle Pads and What Manufactuers Don't Tell You!

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post #6 of 14 Old 01-01-2009, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome article Iride, cuts out the clutter, and makes me believe I should have went with my common sense a LOT sooner!

I also asked this question on another forum and got several 5 Star suggestions too.

I am researching them all.

I'm also confused about going with one that's an inch thick.

I think that would make "close contact" with your horse a lot harder?

The big name trainers seem to use an inch thick one. I'm sure they work their horses a lot harder than me though.

But, at the same time, I have an older gelding who is starting to lose his muscle tone in the back and I think an inch pad might be ok for him.

Lots to think about.

But, I have two cheap neoprene ones I need to replace, so will be taking the plunge by spring.
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post #7 of 14 Old 01-04-2009, 07:40 AM
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I think the Brookside pad you were interested in would work fine and with him getting older, I would definitely go with an inch thickness. It really doesn't make "close contact" that much different because they can still feel when you shift your weight. I prefer 1 inch just because it provides that much more protection if your saddle doesn't fit the horse perfectly. I have one saddle that I use on many horses of different shapes and sizes and most of the time, I don't have any problem with sore backs even after a very long, hard day. To be perfectly honest, I think that an inexpensive felt pad works just as well as one that they charge upwards of $150 for. I like to buy cheaper ones just because if it turns out that my horse doesn't like it or I don't, I am not out that much money. I have found that even a simple square felt pad will conform to your horses back after a couple of good sweats.

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I did some research a year or so ago on felt pads. Needled vs pressed, wool vs synthetic etc. I decided the 5 star products where the best. You can buy felt from various manufacturers but the cost would be almost the same since most have minimum amounts you have to purchase.
Just FYI

My husband has this pad and absolutely loves it http://www.classicequine.com/_HS/Pro...e&PC=302&P=888 I'm sure you can find better prices with a little net surfing


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I think that I will get my two older horses an inch thick one. Not that it's a huge difference, but, I think that I will get the young one, that I ride the most, a 7/8" one. Or even a 3/4" one. I am actually going to be calling the company and ask their opinion.

I have another question.

Do I need three pads for three horses since they do conform to their shape? We also put different saddles on them depending on who is riding them that day.

Or, can these pads interchange between 2-3 horses?

Thanks.
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I use the same pad on my two horses (the pony gets a different one). The only problem can occur if one has a skin aliment, then you run the risk of spreading it (same with using brushes). In my case they are all on a 24/7 turnout together so what one gets the others get it too.

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