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post #1 of 15 Old 12-13-2009, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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what pad do you use?

I am in need of a new pad for willow. Right now, I have an air ride SMX pad by pro choice, but it is so long and stiff and it rubs the hair on her croup area and makes it all yucky. I was thinking the charmayne james barrel version of this pad, because it is a bit smaller, but I heard these pads are just as stiff and crappy. I have heard that wool and felt pads are great, but I don't know much about them. I was just wondering what everyone uses and what you think of them. I heard those 5 star pads are great but they are expensive and the closest dealer is 2 provinces away.
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post #2 of 15 Old 12-13-2009, 12:50 PM
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I have three Charmayne James Barrel Saddle Pads and they are excellent. I would suggest them to anybody. Flashy and well built. Can't get much better than that.

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post #3 of 15 Old 12-13-2009, 12:51 PM
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I use an ESP mermory foam pad. They are pretty expensive but never wear out. You can use them on multiple horses because the memory foam just pops right back up! The one I have is 30" long and I have 3 short back horses. The pads can come in plain black or they will have a "cover pad" type cover haha thats a good description, sorry ;) I REALLY like them. Forgot to add, they come in square skirt or round skirt (the black ones are on round and sqare, the others come in square only)

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post #4 of 15 Old 12-13-2009, 12:58 PM
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I've used a lot of different pads over the years including the Professional Choice pads. The best I've ever used, and the one I'm currently using, is a 7/8 5 Star. I tried the knockoffs and found them to be junk, they just didn't hold up.

I got mine for $160 and I figure if I get 5 years from it, that's only a little over $30 per year. I found that the difference it makes in my saddle fit and my horse's attitude, it was well worth the price. I ride ~15-18 hours per week on average (more in the warmer 3 seasons and less in the winter) so I want pad that will hold up and make my horse comfortable.

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post #5 of 15 Old 12-14-2009, 07:27 PM
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I also use 5 star pads. I love them. I've had mine 1 year and used it about 20ish hours a week in the winter and way more through the year and it still looks brand new. I really like how they come soft and ready fit to the horses back.
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post #6 of 15 Old 12-14-2009, 08:33 PM
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5 star pads are well worth the money. I buy mine from the nicest lady you could ever hope to meet in Montana. She can have whatever you want custom made. If you're interested, PM me. I know she is running Christmas specials right now. My cousin just got an AWESOME price on her pad and it is totally custom.
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post #7 of 15 Old 12-15-2009, 02:09 PM
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Over the years I have used many different brands and type of pads and have found Classic Equine to be the best. At least for my reiners. They hold up well help keep the horses from getting sore and so on.

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post #8 of 15 Old 12-15-2009, 04:43 PM
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i love classic equine saddle pads, they are well well worth the money. I also love the impact gel pads, there awsome, and they last forever. I have had mine for 5 years and it still looks new.

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post #9 of 15 Old 12-15-2009, 09:09 PM
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I have a Classic Equiine ESP and I think the quality of my pad is terrible. The wear leathers started coming unstitched in the first 5-10 uses.
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post #10 of 15 Old 12-15-2009, 09:20 PM
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IMPACT GEL. I have used everything that I could find. Pro Choice does a great job with technology and studies on their pads so for the right horse and rider they are great. You have to find out what works for you but I love my impact gel. You can find them on line and order them. I will tell you that they are expensive but they last along time and work really good for most horses. Good luck would like to hear what you pick.
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