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post #11 of 17 Old 08-02-2013, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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I have one of their cheaper ones and I can't complain about anything with it. It's got great support.

Most of the folks around here who use diamond either use the same one I do (the one I posted above) or they go ahead and get the natural shade one that's a bit more expensive
DIAMOND WOOL PAD COMPANY - Diamond Wool 1" Contoured Cowboy Pad - NRSworld.com
And I've never really heard about much difference in functionality between the two. I suppose if there was a horse that had really sensitive skin, they might notice a difference between the virgin wool and the regular wool.


Still cheaper than a 5-star though LOL.
Yeah, I saw that one too but when I went to find it I couldn't find it again! They also have a $200 version that is all virgin wool felt.

Most of the time I use a wool Mayatex blanket next to the horse with the pad on top. And that generally works pretty well for me. But for some reason blankets really travel out from under the pad on Zane, so I have been using a pad alone with him.

I also suspect me may already be getting a saddle mark (just white hairs, not a swelling) but it's hard to tell because he is going gray and has random white hair clusters anyway. But the fact that it is right at the front of the saddle bars (on one side only) makes me think it might be from my saddle......which I thought fit him great. Always a good sweat pattern, or so it seemed.

But that's neither here nor there really. If it's a saddle mark it's from the saddle, not the pad. (I've been using an Impact Gel on him). I have a feeling it's because his hips are unbalanced and maybe that unbalances the saddle. I feel like I'm riding pretty level though. He doesn't "feel" out-of-balance. I've never seriously explored shoeing options because I've been trying to keep him barefoot. Maybe that isn't going to work in the long-haul although right now it's been working fine. Sigh!
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Can you post a picture of his back?

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Huh, I didn't even consider the possibility of the difference in his hind legs changing how the saddle rides on him but it makes a lot of sense that it would.

So long as he's got even sweat marks are even, I'd probably not worry about it. Have you run your fingers down either side of his spine checking for sore spots?

It probably wouldn't hurt to eventually get your farrier and vet together to discuss trying to pad him up to make him level on the back end and whether or not it would be a good idea, but I don't think that's something that's very urgent at this point.

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Oh, this looks like a very nice pad too:
Performance Wool Contour Pad By Mayatex - Weatherbeeta - Shop by Brand

Not much track record on that one though.....as far as reviews or anything. But I love Mayatex's blankets.

As for Zane, I don't have a pictures of his back per say, but I do have these ones below. These were taken the day after his birthday, July 14th. The white spot is on his right saddle pocket area, behind his shoulder. It doesn't even show in these photos....it is a brand new development. Maybe because this is the time of year hair starts to grow in for winter?

At any rate, it has only showed up over the past couple of weeks. He gets ridden about twice a week for about 4 hours at a time (sometimes a lot less, but his longest rides have been 4 to 4.5 hours).

What's good about it I guess is that I have never felt or seen any type of swelling in that area. It's just that there is a tiny spot of hair coming in white. Similar to the spots on his rump, only whiter.

I am going to sound like a bad owner saying this, but my vet passed away last fall and I have yet to find a replacement. Or I have yet to need a replacement I guess I should say. I gave vaccines myself this past spring. I am also my own farrier.....I took farrier science years ago and have been doing the barefoot thing for about 7 years. I trim them myself.

I have a gut feeling he should be padded up, but I hate to commit to a lifetime of pads on one foot. Especially while he is still growing. I don't want to protect that foot from growing and developing properly. There is about a 1 1/4" limb disparity on that side. You can kind of see the hip drop in the photo from behind.

He has a nice back for holding a saddle. Adequate withers and a medium width A-shape behind the withers for the saddle. He's not as narrow A-shaped as his mom (a Fox Trotter) and he isn't round like a barrel like some Quarter Horses are. He's a nice mix of both breeds in that regard. Although I bet as he gets older he will get wider!
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So long as he's got even sweat marks are even, I'd probably not worry about it. Have you run your fingers down either side of his spine checking for sore spots?
I forgot to answer the above. No, I haven't run my fingers down either side of his spine. What a common sense thing to do and I forgot all about it. I will have to do that.

Sometimes he flinches a little with the metal curry though (my favorite grooming tool when they are muddy or sweaty). Mainly when I get back towards his hip/loin area. It's something I will have to pay closer attention to. Whether it is the curry itself or if he is actually sore back there. I hope he's not sore. :(
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About the padding up thing, I'd darn sure get a vet's opinion before you even seriously considered it. The way I see it, one of two things could possibly happen if you decide to pad him up; 1) It will even up his hips and smooth out his wrinkles after some getting used to or 2) It will change the way he moves because that leg won't be the same as he has grown accustomed to over the last 3 years and may change his movement so much that he starts to have trouble moving smoothly and comfortably.

Padding may end up being one of those ****ed if you do and ****ed if you don't type deals LOL.

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About the padding up thing, I'd darn sure get a vet's opinion before you even seriously considered it. The way I see it, one of two things could possibly happen if you decide to pad him up; 1) It will even up his hips and smooth out his wrinkles after some getting used to or 2) It will change the way he moves because that leg won't be the same as he has grown accustomed to over the last 3 years and may change his movement so much that he starts to have trouble moving smoothly and comfortably.

Padding may end up being one of those ****ed if you do and ****ed if you don't type deals LOL.
Yes, it's never a black and white issue is it?
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