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wild_spot 07-14-2009 12:00 AM

Thinline Vs. Skito?
My horse has a lot of back issues that I really want to help alleviate. He was ridden in a badly fitting saddle for more than 2 years as a young horse, and the behaviour problems caused by it were viewed as disobedience thus it went unchanged. It has caused severe damage to his back; Palm size white spots in his wither pockets as well as dry spots, and reactions to full weekends of riding that include raised bumps. He humps his back and crow hops if the saddle sits on these sensitive spots, ensuring I learnt quick smart to place his saddle in the correct spot; Even a centimetre too far forward causes this reaction.

I have had him treated by equine body workers 2/3 times using deep tissue massage and phototonic light therapy, and had his saddle fitted and re-fitted about 3 times, but it is not ideal as it is an old wintec 500 that I have had for 8 years. It fits as best as we could make it, and he only has reactions when ridden full on for two days or more, and I really donít know if it is a saddle issue or just inevitable due to his issues. I have now ordered a custom made stock saddle to be made by a saddler I am friends with; I have ridden in a lot of his saddles and have nothing but praise for them. He has taken tracings of Bundyís back and watched me ride Bundy in a few saddle made by him, and has recently received the tree so will start making my saddle; Hopefully we will have the first fitting/trial in the next month. The saddle will look similar to this; though better quality and more close-contact:

So, now my question: I want to add a shock absorbing pad under my saddle as I am not sure that a correctly fitted saddle will solve 100% of this horses issues. Iím tossing up between a Skito pad and a Thinline pad; both of which are somewhat hard to find in Aus and very expensive. Because of this, I donít know anyone with experience with either pad! I want a half pad to be used between my saddle and saddle pad, and I want it to be discreet enough to be usable when I show. The Skito pads available at my local saddlery seem to be mostly dressage or endurance/treeless oriented, and either too bulky or the wrong shape for what I want. The Thinline trifecta pad seems to be more along the line of what I am looking for, but I may have to wait for what I want to crop up on ebay and get it shipped to Aus as I am having a lot of trouble locating exactly what I want in Aus. This is the tack/attire I will be using for showing, for a reference: (not actually me) & Challenges

So I guess Iím asking people with experience with either pad, pros/cons? If money were no object, what would you choose? (After spending 4k on the saddle, a few more hundred wonít be missed!) And a long shot, but has anyone used either of these pads on a horse with issues like mine, and what were the results?

I will try to get some photoís of his back and white spots in the next few days.

IrishRider 07-14-2009 10:55 AM

I have never heard of Skito but I half the cotton Thinline Trifecta pad and I love it. I can't show in it because it's black but I school in it a lot and I love it. A bunch of people at my barn have various Thinline products and they all say the same thing.

luvs2ride1979 07-14-2009 01:29 PM

I have both Skito and ThinLine pads.

Skito pads may seem thick, but they are memory foam and "squish" under your weight to about 50% of the original thickness. I like Skito pads because you can easily have shims made to correct certain saddle fit issues and the foam is very breathable and shock absorbing. The large Dressage shape Interpad (half pad) will work best for an Aussie saddle. Your local shop can special order you a pad from Skito if what they have in stock won't work for you. The 1/2" foam would work best under a professionally fitted saddle.

ThinLine pads are also shock absorbing, but the shims are not my favorite and the pads aren't as breathable. They are quite shock absorbing though and thinner (1/4" thick plus the cotton backing if you get the Trifecta). The Contour pad might be a good option. It's a little cheaper. There are some shops in the USA that will ship Internationally. Check with this one. If you don't like it, you'll definitely be able to get your money back on it, since they're hard to find in Aus.

RacePony007 07-19-2009 10:33 PM

Rambo! They have pillow pads... inflatable pads... and neoprene cushioning and shock absorbing pads! Worked great on my horses back! Not to thin and definately not to thick! Just right!

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