What is a theropudic pad?

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    07-15-2013, 09:31 PM
Green Broke
What is a theropudic pad?

Miss Lacy has a sore back. Vet says it's caused by saddle fit or pad and suggested I try a theopudic (spelling?) pad but wouldn't recommend one.

I think my saddle fit is fine, all wet under the blanket and no white hairs.....and I've rode the saddle for 4 years without issue. We have upped the mileage this year and most of you know I've pushed a bit to hit my mileage goals...still, it's nothing near extreme....

So, I need a nice really comfortable pad. I'm open to suggestions, you're all salesmen or women, please, convince me which pad is best and why!

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    07-15-2013, 09:47 PM

I am not a proponent of Therapeutic Pads or some of the other Gimmick Pads

I always suggest a good 1" thick solid wool pad, 3/4" thick as a minimum

Something like this Diamond Wool Pads - Products - 100% Wool Pads with Wear Leathers

Of course 5 star as reportedly the best 5 Star Wool Saddle Pads

    07-15-2013, 10:03 PM
I agree with Kevin, love the Diamond pads and been using them for a long time. I am willing to try the 5 Star, just haven't pulled the trigger on one yet so I can honestly conpare :)
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    07-15-2013, 10:33 PM
I have a Impact Gel that I love.

Have you had a chiropractor take a look at her? My mare was out in her back and was flinchy even during grooming. One adjustment and she's a new horse. I can run a hoof pick along her back now and she doesn't budge. Before she'd be outt'a the barn in a heartbeat if I did something like that.
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    07-15-2013, 10:36 PM
A therapeutic pad is one that they market that will cure all your horse's back soreness and charge you more for it because it's magical. IMO, there's no such thing, use a wool pad.
    07-15-2013, 10:59 PM
Green Broke
Well, this is more about me than the horse, but I grew up on the Gulf Coast, and I never could stand a sodden, mildewy wool pad. I rode a lot, and they never dried. The smell would knock you down.

I really like the skito pad. I used it under my Bob Marshall treeless for years, and now it it is under the gaited saddle. If I got a new one, it would have the non-wool lining. I have a newer pad, I think it is an SMX, that has that Tacky- Too lining fastened to a wool navajo pad, with some sort of padding. I like it a lot under a western saddle.

    07-16-2013, 12:43 AM
As you have upped the conditioning your horse's body has been undergoing changes. It might be time to change saddles. I do agree with the others about using wool.
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    07-16-2013, 12:50 AM
I agree with Waresbear. I think a lot of these theraputic pads try and make up for bad saddle fit. But you feel your saddle fits okay. I think a good quality pad is a good investment. But they don't last forever so make sure it isn't getting smunched down and compressed in places. Sort of like a mattress. If you have a lot of miles on it I'd replace it (mattress or saddle pad). Just my opinion.
But, I really would have a chiro check your horse. A couple of visits for my horse made a world of difference. You know how sometimes the simplest thing can cause us grief with our backs? Think about that horse doing all we ask of them all the while packing us around.
Good luck.
    07-16-2013, 07:26 AM
Green Broke
If you are using a 3/4 to one inch felt or fleece pad and your horses back is sore, something else is going on. Saddle fit maybe. Have You changed ? Got injured ? Bad knee or back which may be causing you to ride un balanced ?
What about horse, hows the feet ? Stonebruise or abscess affecting gait ?
Just throwing some ideas out thee you may not have thought of.
    07-16-2013, 07:45 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by gunslinger    
Miss Lacy has a sore back...
I think my saddle fit is fine, all wet under the blanket and no white hairs.....and I've rode the saddle for 4 years without issue. We have upped the mileage this year and most of you know I've pushed a bit to hit my mileage goals...still, it's nothing near extreme....
Is there someone you trust who could evaluate your saddle fit for you? A lot of endurance riders have found that the saddles which were fine for training were causing issues at races (where the distance increases). Could be you are having the same thing happen, now that you have upped your mileage.

What type of pad are you using currently?

I agree with everyone else that says a "therapeutic" pad doesn't address the real issue.

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