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post #1 of 16 Old 09-22-2010, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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are memory foam pads any good?

The tack shop just got in some memory foam pads, which they claim is better for a horses back during hard work. I was thinking of getting one for diamond, but I'm not sure if they are any good. Just wondering if anyone knows much about these?
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post #2 of 16 Old 09-22-2010, 01:01 PM
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I like the Classic Equine pads. Some are MF and others are just Felt/neoprene. I have or have had both and like them. The horses really seem to like them also. Both have their good and bad points. However CE is the only Pad that at this point I have tried that I like and use. I have tried and used just about all of them over the years.

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post #3 of 16 Old 09-27-2010, 03:49 PM
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I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MINE!
Mine is an ESP pad and it's amazing.

My horse has had a past of getting really sore and they vet told me to invest in a nice nice saddle pad,fitting saddle,etc..well I bought this one at Big R. I have had no trouble with my horse's back ever since..she doesn't want to be ridden some times so she is grouchy on days but she is a good girl!


Here is the saddle pad. Mine is purple and red. It looks like a saddle blanket but better!

ESP: Extra Sensory Protection Pad - Wool Top Equibrand (Equine - Horse Tack Supplies - Saddle Acces
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My neighbor bought a couple Classic Equine memory foam pads and they compressed pretty bad where the saddle sits after only maybe a year or less of trail riding. Something I wouldn't expect from an almost $200 pad. So I was disappointed in them even though they weren't mine.

I like the Impact Gels, not even because of the gel, but just because they are a quality felt contour pad.

If I were to buy another pad, I would just look for a high quality wool felt contour pad.

I have several of the Professional's Choice pads too. They are fine if you have a perfect saddle fit, but they won't do much to help pressure points if you don't. I prefer good quality wool felt myself.

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I like the Classic Equine pads. Some are MF and others are just Felt/neoprene. I have or have had both and like them. The horses really seem to like them also. Both have their good and bad points. However CE is the only Pad that at this point I have tried that I like and use. I have tried and used just about all of them over the years.
Your memory foam Classic Equines' don't compress where your saddle sits? My neighbor's did. Big disappointment and they were expensive too. And I love just about everything Classic Equine makes, especially their mohair and alpaca cinches. So I was surprised they did that. There was a saddle-tree shaped outline sunk into the pads.
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I slept on a memory foam bed one time and hated it so I wouldn't subject my horses back to it. I was staying at a friends house and was tempted to sleep on the hard floor it was so bad.
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Your memory foam Classic Equines' don't compress where your saddle sits? My neighbor's did. Big disappointment and they were expensive too. And I love just about everything Classic Equine makes, especially their mohair and alpaca cinches. So I was surprised they did that. There was a saddle-tree shaped outline sunk into the pads.

I have never had one go bad that was not well used. By that I mean several years. I have had good luck with them and they hold up well.

I like the Gel ones in the summer but in the winter they get hard from the cold. If you keep them in the house then it is not a big deal but I do not want to have to carry it out and back in every time I ride.

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There is no classic equine retailers around here, only some cheap $60 brand so maybe I will avoid those. I also found a wool pad with gel in the middle and felt bottom, does this sound like a decent pad?
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can you order online?
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wool is good..whicks away the sweat and keep them dry and gel is good as well...I almost got a gel pad.
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