Correction Half pads
I am looking for some brands of correction half pads, and reviews on any of them if you have used them. So far I have
My saddle fitter is trying to sell me a $400 Mattes pad and I'd just like to look at my options first.
I agree. Explore your options.
Skito will make a pad exactly to your needs, where the others are just pockets and you add shims here and there with hopes that it'll do it's job.
Go with Skito. You can e-mail a representative with pictures of your horses back, and your saddle and they will look and respond right away.
That is what they did for me. I e-mailed them directly, asked my questions and sent tons of pictures. They responded the same day with their answers plus the forwarded the e-mail to their saddlers - whom in turned responded as well.
They will custom make it to your horses needs.
I agree that Skito would be your best option, but they also come with a hefty price tag. I guess it just comes down to your individual bank account.
I personally have a Roma riser pad, it was 30 bucks and is just a temporary thing until Ice can build up some of his top line and fill in his withers with muscle.
It really depends on what you need corrected, and whether its a permanent confirmation defect or something that can be fixed with more/harder workouts or a little bit more hay.
I've heard fantastic things about Skito but haven't tried one yet.
I've had Mattes and Fleeceworks pads and they're nice, but depends on what you need from it. Personally I don't think they do a whole lot other then make the saddle a little more comfortable for your horse's back (providing they fit correctly). They aren't thick/padded in the right places to really offer much corrective padding (unless you get shims). If you ride several horses a day they last about a year and a half to two years.
I just got a thinline pad a few months ago and I like it. I don't believe it's the miracle they advertise to be (not that I expected to become a quieter rider b/c of my pad...) but the horses seem to like it. Their customer service is fantastic, they offer a 10 year warrenty (that alone is worth it to me), and they're machine washable without any fancy soap.
I got thinline and it seems to work for me. :)
I have a wintec riser pad, pretty cheap and does its job.
Just adding, I am not looking for a riser pad, or a half pad. I am looking for a correction pad.
Thanks guys! I have contacted my saddle fitter about the Skito pads.
I rode in a mattes half pad tonight and hated it!! Definitely going back to my Roma for now...
I have a Mattes Cotton Correction pad on trial right now. We tried a bunch of stuff yesterday, and the sheepskin correction pads weren't working very well.
I talked to my saddle fitter about the Skito pads, she recommended against them because there is so much bulk, and the reason I bought a close contact dressage saddle is to get rid of the bulk.
We're still going to look into the Thinline pads I think. Schleese, Thinline and SaddleFitForLife have just developed a new pad with 3 shimming pockets instead of just the 2 that Mattes has that I'd like to try. I also don't like how much extra fabric is on the Mattes. I looks like skirting, and makes the saddle look larger and him smaller. The last thing I need is for him to look smaller!
And we also discussed with the saddler what we could do with that saddle and basically came to the conclusion that we would be adding flocking just to take it away or move it later. My saddle fitter took measurements yesterday that we compared to his from about 6 months ago and there is already quite a lot of muscling in the shoulder.
So far, I think the Mattes correction is doing it's job but I think we can find something better.
i have a mattes pad & love it ! i just stuff wool in the pockets to help fit my saddle. ive had it for over 4years & i usually use it on 2-5 horses perday. its not in any good condition to show with [its no longer white] but it does its job well ! you also can order them in different sizes so its not too big for your saddle
Skito is nice becuase they'll custom make your shims, and they're all beveled. That makes for a nicer transition from shim to no-shim. Their 1/2" foam compresses, so it's a minor lift, even though it sounds like a lot of thickness. They're also good about using photos and information from your saddle fitter to create the perfect pad for you.
ThinLine pads are nice if you need only very minor adjustment. The Trifecta pads are my choice. Their "saddle fitter" pad is more limited in your shim options.
Mattes is WAY overpriced IMO. I like Fleeceworks much better for that type of pad. Their quality is just as good, but the price is so much more reasonable.
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