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trailhorserider 07-28-2013 08:55 PM

Brookside Wonder-Wool Felt Pads....Does anyone use them?
Hi all,

I am looking at getting another western saddle pad and I really love a nice 1" thick contoured wool felt pad.

I currently have a 5-Star which I LOVE but am not really wanting to spend well over $200 for a saddle pad. I got my first one second hand and I LOVE it, but I would like to spend about $100 less.

I have been looking at this one. It receives good reviews at Valley Vet (look under testimonials) but I was wondering if anyone on here has actually used one? And if so, how well do you like it?

Wonder-Wool Felt Pad Brookside (Supplies Tack - Saddle Accessories - Pads)

I am also familiar with Diamond Wool and Impact Gel.

I love Impact Gel's felt but I don't actually need a gel pad. The ones I have are heavier than regular felt.

My Diamond Wool is nice but not a contour and the felt isn't quite as nice as 5-Star. But it is pretty darn good considering it's less than half the price of a 5-Star.

So has anyone tried the Brookside Wonder-Wool Felt Pad? If so, what would you compare it to quality-wise?

Celeste 08-01-2013 06:34 PM

Your link doesn't work. I do, however, like a thick wool pad. I haven't bought one in years, so I guess I would get sticker shock.

trailhorserider 08-01-2013 10:40 PM

Sometimes the link works for me....and sometimes it doesn't. I don't know why. :?

Valley Vet seems to be the only place that sells least that I can find. Let me try again:

If it still doesn't work, that's okay.

(Anybody interested could do a search for it on Valley Vet).

Celeste 08-01-2013 10:46 PM

It worked that time. Will the 31 X 32 fit your saddle? Some saddles need a 32 x 32 to work nicely. Most any good pad will cost $100. I am not sure that this one stands out one way or the other. It looks like a solid pad for a horse that doesn't need anything special in the way of working on saddle fit.

tinyliny 08-01-2013 10:59 PM

still does not work for me. The link, that is.

smrobs 08-01-2013 11:17 PM

Link worked for me, but I've never used one of those pads. I bought a pair of Brookside SMBs a few years ago and they were decent enough quality, but not the best.

If you're looking for a good, affordable felt pad, I really suggest a Diamond. I really like them and most the working cowboys I know swear by them.
DIAMOND WOOL PAD COMPANY - 1" Diamond Wool Contoured Tough Saddle Pad -

And, if you're interested in being able to get a little color without having to use a blanket on top, they do have the same pad with a canvas cover on it.
Diamond Wool Designer Pad
Diamond Wool Ranch Pad

Celeste 08-02-2013 09:08 AM

I like the price on the Diamond better.

Golden Horse 08-02-2013 09:43 AM

Who wouldn't like the price of the Diamond :wink:

I don't know about either the Diamond or the Wonder Wool, but I wouldn't buy either, afer all these years of being a cheapie on tack, having owned a 5 Star, I would personally save up and buy another. Love the quality, fit and feel, and as it is directly on the horses back, well not a place to skimp.

trailhorserider 08-02-2013 10:06 AM

Thanks guys! I adore my 5-star. That would definitely be my first choice. I went and looked at them though and it would be well over $200 for a 1" 5-star. I think the one I was looking at specifically which was 1" natural color, 32x32 was $244 at Jeffers, which seemed to be one of the cheapest places. Sigh! Yeah, maybe I should just wait and get that one, but I want my horse tack "fix" now! :lol:

This Diamond Wool at Jeffers is an outstanding price and everyone who gave it a review loves it:

I know it's not the same high quality, but I don't think it's bad quality either because I have a Diamond Wool that I bought about 15 years ago and it's a pretty decent pad. The wool compacted slightly at the shoulders, but hey, to give it credit the pad is 15 years old! The only reason I don't like using it anymore is that it's not a contour shape and I've grown to love a contour. The stay up off the withers whereas the non-contour always moves down onto the withers even if I pull it into the gullet when I saddle up. Part of me says just get one of these and replaced it in a few years if I want to.....after all, you could go through about 4 of these for the price of one 5-star!

The other thing that is good about Diamond Wool is I know the wool is soft. And 5-Star is soft. I have seen some wool felt pads that are very stiff. I don't know if that makes them better or worse, but part of the reason the 5-star is so nice is that it really molds to the shape of the horse and I think the Diamond Wool will too.

So that leaves me leaning towards Diamond Wool.

Smrobs, do the folks that you know who use Diamond Wool just use one of their cheapier ones? Diamond Wool has pads all they way up to the price of 5-Star, but I might as well buy a 5-star if I am going to spend $200. But everyone seems to love their $65 version?

(I know I can get the canvas tops and such too, but I'm talking about the felt quality.)

smrobs 08-02-2013 10:47 AM

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 -
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.

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