Hey so I am looking to get a saddle pad that will protect and support my horse. I am interested in the five star wool pad, and the impact gel pad. I was wondering if anyone has had experience with either one of these. I am doing roping a barrels so if you know of something better please let me know! Thanks so much!
I've heard a couple of things about gel pads in general that would turn me off them, personally. I don't know how true they are, but, apparently, they can cause hot spots, don't breathe well, and can harden up. When I was buying a riser pad, the saddleries I visited told me not to bother with the gel ones. I'm not sure about wool ones though.
Five star pads are awesome! Long lasting and durable, although they can be expensive! Well taken care of they last a long time.
The problem with jell pads is that that they tend to hold heat and with longer rides some jell pads bottem out. That's what leads to the hot spots!
A cheeper alternitive to the 5 star pads is diamond wool I have one of their pads I bought it in 2006 and its still going strong! With proper care that pad Is still as soft and flexible as he day I got it! Posted via Mobile Device
Yes, 5 star pads are worth the money! I am always trying to convince myself I paid too much for mine, but every time I go into a tack store I go check out the saddle pads and there really is a difference.