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post #11 of 37 Old 11-28-2012, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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hi i was looking at some cavallo saddle pads.do any of you have them ???let me know how you like thank thanks
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post #12 of 37 Old 11-30-2012, 03:25 PM
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I just got an Impact Gel and I absolutely love it! I had a Reinsman Tacky Too, but it rubbed on my horse. I also had a Charmayne James Pro Choice SMX Air Ride, but it was very thin...not much protection. My Impact Gel is a little heavier, but provides comfort and protection for my horse and myself. It conforms to her back making it a perfect fit! I love it!

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post #13 of 37 Old 11-30-2012, 03:30 PM
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wool or wool fleece. The better brands will last longer, but most will do the same thing when you ride. Usually its synthetics that cause problems.. Some are very good for what they were designed for, yet people use them for other purposes. Like A reinsman tacky too, probably really good for barrel racing or arena type work where non slip is very important. Yet put that pad on a horse and ride 20 miles in the summer, you might come back with a hairless horse. For general purpose riding a wool felt pad works decent if the saddle fits.
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post #14 of 37 Old 12-13-2012, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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I just got an Impact Gel and I absolutely love it! I had a Reinsman Tacky Too, but it rubbed on my horse. I also had a Charmayne James Pro Choice SMX Air Ride, but it was very thin...not much protection. My Impact Gel is a little heavier, but provides comfort and protection for my horse and myself. It conforms to her back making it a perfect fit! I love it!
how long have you had the impact gel ..... do you have any dis likes? thanks
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post #15 of 37 Old 12-18-2012, 08:37 PM
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I LOVE impact gel pads. Never had an issue with on. I currently use a 20x pad by pro choice which I also like. It's pretty thick but I like thick. They are higher priced but I looked long and hard and finally found one for $65, nearly half the instore price.
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post #16 of 37 Old 12-23-2012, 10:30 PM
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I just bought a 1/2" wool felt "Saddle Blanket Protector" from Horse.com. It's just a 1/2'' thick saddle pad that measures 32"X32". I paid about $18. I also bought an acryllic woven "Indian Blanket", 32"X32" for about $14, I think. I like them. A wool felt saddle pad will absorb sweat and maintain its thickness while cooling the horse in the summer heat. It will also maintain warmth in the winter, even when wet. I have a particular dislike for soft, thick, pillowy saddle pads that are so commonly seen. The wool felt pad won't help with a poorly fitting saddle, but you can't beat them when everything else fits right.
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For Western, I own some no names, a Fox Mountain, an Abetta, and a Classic Equine. I really don't pick out Western pads by the brands so much as I do the quality of the materials and the thickness. I really don't care for the really thin, cheap pads, but I like my thin Abetta pad for my barrel saddle. My favorite pads I own are no name pads, but they are about three or four inches thick including the fleece underside. I like them because they provide great protection and are comfortable to the horse.
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I love diamond wool pads. Just as nice as 5 star but half the price. Plus they have many many options for pads.
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That's actually not true. (the comparison on the 2 brands). Diamond wool pads are needled - they have much less virgin wool in them & no where near the compression/concussion ratings of the 5 Stars. The 5 Stars are a pressed wool (felted) & have the highest rating out there. Not saying Diamond Wool pads are bad - but as someone else said, you get what you pay for. A really good (but lengthy :) article to read is Saddle Pads & What Manufacturers Don't Tell You! - 5star Equine Products The 5 Stars are the F10 & F11's they talk about.
As possibly guessed , 5 Star is my favorite pad & the ONLY ones I'll use. I will not use anything neoprene, open cell, closed cell, tacky too, air rides, foam, memory foam, etc - highest quality wool only for this old gal her ponies.
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That's actually not true. (the comparison on the 2 brands). Diamond wool pads are needled - they have much less virgin wool in them & no where near the compression/concussion ratings of the 5 Stars. The 5 Stars are a pressed wool (felted) & have the highest rating out there. Not saying Diamond Wool pads are bad - but as someone else said, you get what you pay for. A really good (but lengthy :) article to read is Saddle Pads & What Manufacturers Don't Tell You! - 5star Equine Products The 5 Stars are the F10 & F11's they talk about.
As possibly guessed , 5 Star is my favorite pad & the ONLY ones I'll use. I will not use anything neoprene, open cell, closed cell, tacky too, air rides, foam, memory foam, etc - highest quality wool only for this old gal her ponies.

Lol so I'm going to believe an article written by the 5 star company on why their pads are better than everyone else's? Really? Yea no thank you lol.

I'm sorry but paying hundreds for a saddle pad is just insane. Those darn things cost more than my horse did. Don't see the logic in paying almost the same cost for a saddle pad as I pay for my monthly rent.
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post #20 of 37 Old 03-19-2013, 11:46 AM
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That's what I used to think Poppy, until I actually saw and felt one on a trade stand at a show here. Now I wouldn't use anything else, LOVE my 5 star, it's all I need. There have been times that I have been riding in a saddle that cost less than my pad, but I figure it's well worth it.
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