Shock/impact absorbant saddle pads
I am on the hunt for a great yet affordable shock/impact absorbing saddle pad to fit my 18.5 inch hunt seat. I want to know what your favorites are? Which ones do you think are worth the money where it comes to horse comfort as well as wear and tear??
Or, if you have any other "creative" approaches to keeping the wear and tear on your horses back down, please let me know. I am working on losing weight, but in the mean time I want to make sure that I am doing what I can to keep Cinny comfy during our workouts. So far I have eliminated everything I can think of that may be causing him pain, it's just the saddle pad. I did order a new one but low and behold....it is paper thin...I know this is only comfy for him if my 80 pound daughter is riding him...not me!
I use a thinline half pad on top of my sheepskin saddle pad. The sheepskin conforms to his back and keeps the saddle in place while the thinline does all the shock absorbing work.
I used a gel pad for years, but think the new thinlines are probably much better (and certainly lighter!)I have never tried one. I have made the switch to Supracor. A bit pricey, but I just love BOTH of mine. I have western and english. Most importantly my horses both seem to love them. Being a person who likes my horses "pretty" too, I went with the black covers and use another pad on top if I want. I use my english one with my 17" bates, and have length left over, so you should be fine. You can sometimes find them on eBay for less $.
If it is because of weight concerns (I feel ya sister!) I would probably look into Skito - Simply because it is thicker so seems like it would be harder to bottom out.
That being said I use Thinline and have no complaints.
Really, Thinline and Skito are the top of the range so you won't go too wrong with either :]
Thinline all the way! It does absorbs the shock (I can tell it for sure after I started jumping this year). The landing feels very different if I use Thinline or go without one.
However my concern would be if Thinline pad would fit 18.5 saddle. I got the biggest one I could find (contour), my saddle is 17.5 and it looks like it has just a little more space left.
Skito makes a great shock absobring pad that lasts a LONG time. I still have my first Skito pad in use, and it's seen a lot of use... I bought it in 2001! The Large AP size Interpad is $79.95. There's a coupon for that web site too (just used it for a Bitless bridle) for 10% off, 10OFF.
Another option I use is a ThinLine pad. The regular size Contour Pad fits under my 18.5" Stubben AP. It's a bit more spendy at $100 though.
Neoprene pads aren't really shock absorbing (very little) and make the horse really sweaty. Those white square "orthopedic" pads that have been around forever aren't great either. Skito and ThinLine are the two affordable pads I have found that actually work.
Thank you so much for the info guys....I'll definitely check all of those out. I'm thinking I really like that Skito
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