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    03-19-2013, 11:52 AM
  #21
Foal
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Originally Posted by HnA Tack
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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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
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.
We all have our beliefs & preferences, but TRUTH is - Diamond wool pads (also Wades) ARE needled wool - they are not a pressed felt, like 5 Stars, Slones, Wrights, etc. 5 Star has the article on their website, but "they" didn't write it - all anyone has to do is to do their OWN investigating. Ask a company if their pads are needled or felted? Ask them how much virgin wool is in them? It's for each person to make their OWN judgement, and the article opens a person's eyes. I am not sure where you have priced the 5 Stars, but gosh - I guess I've not spent just $180-$250 on a horse's purchase since ... um... guess it would be back in the 60's. I know rescues/adoptions can be that cheap, but I don't see any other horses I'd own in that price range. And I've not paid rent in the $180-$250 range since the 70's & 80's!
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    03-19-2013, 12:13 PM
  #22
Green Broke
I have felt one of those pads but still wouldn't pay that kind of money, ever. And yes my horse was a rescue so glad to know you would never own one of those lol. And horses go for pennys on the dollar at the auctions here, so not really sure why that matters. 5stars are very pricey, over $200 around here. I'm mostly an english rider which makes paying hundreds for a pad even more outrageous considering I can buy a saddle pad for $10. Sure there are specialty pads that cost more but once again most people don't own them.
     
    03-19-2013, 12:27 PM
  #23
Foal
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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
I have felt one of those pads but still wouldn't pay that kind of money, ever. And yes my horse was a rescue so glad to know you would never own one of those lol. And horses go for pennys on the dollar at the auctions here, so not really sure why that matters. 5stars are very pricey, over $200 around here. I'm mostly an english rider which makes paying hundreds for a pad even more outrageous considering I can buy a saddle pad for $10. Sure there are specialty pads that cost more but once again most people don't own them.
Please do NOT put words in my mouth ... I never said I would not own a rescue - I stated that OTHER than rescues/adoptions, there are not any I've seen in that price range that I would purchase.
Being that you ride primarily English, then it's a whole different perspective - and need in pads. I too would not spend $200 for an English pad, altho 5 Star does carry them. For folks who ride hard in a western saddle, you can't get away w/a little cotton thin $10 pad w/o your horse ending up in pain. (of course, in either discipline, a person needs a proper fitting saddle to start with & that's a whole 'other hard subject).
As I said before, it's all about a personal belief & need - but we ALL need to keep open minds, keep educating ourselves, no matter how old or how many years we've been in horses - otherwise you grow stagnant & your horse is the one who suffers in the long run. This applies to tack, horse health, feed, everything.
     
    03-22-2013, 09:31 PM
  #24
Weanling
I love my 5 star pad as well, I would not use anything else...
     
    03-22-2013, 09:40 PM
  #25
Banned
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
I just looked at that website!!! I'm buying!!!
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    03-23-2013, 11:08 AM
  #26
Weanling
Good choice! I am going to order a new one for my hubby's birthday in June, yeah!
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    03-23-2013, 12:17 PM
  #27
Yearling
For those of you planning on ordering....order through HnA Tack! She is GREAT to do business with! :)
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    05-03-2013, 06:39 PM
  #28
Foal
I love these pads, they're not too think that they affect the fit of your saddle and not too thin that they're flimsy and don't work. Purchased this bad in brown and it exceeded my expectations. Color, fit and finish were all top-notch. Details like hook-and-loop closures on the girth guides and the waffle-weave fabric on the underside make this pad a noticeable cut above the average pad. Should easily fit AP saddles up to 18".
     
    05-05-2013, 12:09 PM
  #29
Foal
After owning about every type of quality saddle pad available over the years, I recently purchased a CSI saddle pad this year at the MN horse expo. What sold me to spend 360.00 on this particular pad was the machine they used to show the difference in how pressure points from your weight on the horse's back is drastically minimalized through the technology of this pad versus "other" top name brand pads such as 5 star, impact gel, ect...

I only bought one pad this year. I'm hoping I'll be able to afford another next year. I'm a big proponent of following the latest technology, especially when it comes to horses however, the proof needs to be there for me before I give anyone my hard earned dollars.

If you'd like to learn more about this saddle pad here's the website www.csipads.com and, they are MADE IN THE USA!
     
    05-05-2013, 01:43 PM
  #30
Showing
I really like the Diamond felt pads too. They are great quality for an affordable price, which is a huge deal to me because I generally wear my pads out at least once a year (riding several different horses and averaging 8+ hours a day in the saddle) and $300+ is a lot to spend on a saddle pad that's not going to last more than a year or so.

Most of the guys I know that make their living cowboying around here also go with Diamond. I've never heard any complaints about them.
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