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post #1 of 24 Old 01-20-2014, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle Pads??

What are some brands of good quality saddle pads for my horse that will eliminate some of the stress from his back when we are riding?
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post #2 of 24 Old 01-20-2014, 03:01 PM
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What kind of saddle pad are you looking for? Western or English? That'll influence your answers a lot ;)

Anyway, they make Thinline pads for both types of riding that I've heard wonderful things about. I just ordered one myself :)
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Western. Thanks!

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Western. Thanks!
In that case I (and a great number of others) would probably recommend a quality wool saddle pad. Compared to synthetic fleece, gel pads, etc, they have much greater shock absorbing qualities, and kind of mold to better fit your horse and saddle. I've heard great things about 5 Star western pads, but as a mostly English rider that doesn't do too much western riding, the close to $200 (or over!) price tag was WAY more than I was willing to spend!

I ended up buying this pad:
Diamond Wool Contour Felt Ranch Pad - Statelinetack.com

Seems to be a very well made pad for the price. Attractive looking, seems comfortable, and molds to the horse. Just make sure that you keep in mind that a saddle pad can't really fix stress caused from an ill-fitting saddle!
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What type of stress are you talking? A pad won't fix poor saddle fit.
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post #6 of 24 Old 01-21-2014, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Just stress in general. We do alot of long trail rides that are through really rough terrain so I want him to be as comfortable as possible, And my saddle is fitted to him bought it and had it fitted perfectly only horse I use that saddle on is him.

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post #7 of 24 Old 01-21-2014, 06:39 PM
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I'm sold on the 5 Star saddle pads. Expensive but ohhhh so worth it.
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If you can afford it, then something like an ESP or a 5 Star pad would be a good choice, but if you're on a budget like most horse people , then Diamond is a great company to go with. Most of the working cowboys I know (guys who put 8+ hours a day of hard labor on their horses) use Diamond felt pads because they are great quality and don't take a week's wages to replace when they wear out....and all pads wear out if you ride enough.

Most typical cheap pads are 1" thickness and so is this
1" Diamond Wool Contoured Tough Saddle Pad

But if you don't need that thick of a pad, then they also have a thinner one, but it's more expensive because it's made of different wool.
Diamond Wool 1/2" Contoured Cowboy Pad

They've also got one that's 3/4 inch if that would fit better.
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My vote goes to 5 Star pads.
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My vote is for the 5 Star also - I am a dealer for them - have been for YEARS - & they are the ONLY pads we use. We are in the mountains & ride some very rough, rugged trails & can be out for a whole day if we are riding up to one of the mountain lakes. The 5 Stars are heads above any other pad. they ARE 100% VIRGIN (new, not reworked or rewashed) wool. They have the highest concussion/compression rating of any of them. Here is an article that has alot of good information, although is lengthy. The 5 Stars are the F10 &11's they are talking about. Saddle Pads & What Manufacturers Don't Tell You! - 5 Star Equine Products | 5 Star Equine Products and besides being the best support, they will last you for years!
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