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post #1 of 50 Old 12-27-2018, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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Alright this made me giggle. Unlike a lot of horse/ride owners out there, I don't hoard tack but I totally hoard saddle pads(is that considered tack??). I have a serious addiction to them. I love them! colors, shapes, patterns-there are so many! I need them all!! I haven't counted but I probably have a dozen at this point?

Come and unload this sin off your chest and come clean. Perhaps even share awesome pictures of some of your favourite saddle pads, or even of the whole collection?

I know you are all hiding in the woodwork, come on over and come clean!
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post #2 of 50 Old 12-27-2018, 12:17 PM
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I'm actually glad you started this thread. While I will admit to owning *cough* 6 western saddles, approximately 10 western saddle pads, 1 english saddle, a thinline half pad and at least 2 english pads... I refuse to call myself a hoarder... *cough*...

But really - I do have a question. I have my english hunt saddle pad and my AQHA style show pad but I wanted to start riding baby horse english. I have the Bates "EASY" (my butt) change gullet upstairs waiting for husband to switch the extra wide to the wide. I just ordered myself a bit (because I only have about 15 english bits...) and I want to buy a new saddle pad...

I want a saddle pad that is good for the back, like a thin line or a back on track or something that has ortho quality... I don't know... I was researching and they go anywhere from $50 to $300... Can you suggest something for me? I also want to get a new girth... I was looking at the one that is supposedly ergonomically correct or whatever... (I've been out of english a long time...)...

So... Help? Since I have decided to deem you saddle pad extroidinaire....

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post #3 of 50 Old 12-27-2018, 01:32 PM
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Well I have exactly two saddle pads and one turned into a mouse pad (literally!). When I was given a free horse he also came with a saddle and fleece pad with a navajo blanket top. Nothing wrong with it but when I bought a Toklat Cool Back pad I retired the navajo and mice eventually took up residence--chewed right through the top part--nice and cozy inside! I still have it sans mice but it's for backup only since I love the Cool Back. Had it for over 20 years and still looks good so no need for more unless I want different colors. :)

Pic shows my peruvian after a trailride wearing the free cordura saddle, that happened to fit him perfectly, and the Toklat pad.
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post #4 of 50 Old 12-27-2018, 01:45 PM
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Ay, get out of my head!!
I spent over an hour in my tack room this morning sorting out some saddles and made a pile of pads. How did it get so high? I'm thinking of taking the lot of them and donating them to a therapeutic riding center. I'll never use them again, I love my 5 Star pad and it seems to be my go-to for the last few years.

You've inspired me! I'm tackling my saddle pad addiction and will donate my stack.
Wow, thanks, I feel better already!! (Look what I found...here I go again)

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I'm actually glad you started this thread. While I will admit to owning *cough* 6 western saddles, approximately 10 western saddle pads, 1 english saddle, a thinline half pad and at least 2 english pads... I refuse to call myself a hoarder... *cough*...

But really - I do have a question. I have my english hunt saddle pad and my AQHA style show pad but I wanted to start riding baby horse english. I have the Bates "EASY" (my butt) change gullet upstairs waiting for husband to switch the extra wide to the wide. I just ordered myself a bit (because I only have about 15 english bits...) and I want to buy a new saddle pad...

I want a saddle pad that is good for the back, like a thin line or a back on track or something that has ortho quality... I don't know... I was researching and they go anywhere from $50 to $300... Can you suggest something for me? I also want to get a new girth... I was looking at the one that is supposedly ergonomically correct or whatever... (I've been out of english a long time...)...

So... Help? Since I have decided to deem you saddle pad extroidinaire....
You are to funny. I have to agree with you on the "easy" gullet system. It's the only system I have ever used that actually requires 2 people and a king sized bet to lay those saddles on their back and actually make the gullet change *LOL*. Don't get me wrong I think they are fantastic saddles and serve a purpose but good grief.

As for saddle pads, both of the ones mentioned offer some great benefits and I think it's going to depend on what it is you see as more important. Then in regards to anatomical girths, there are so many out there! I myself love anything made by Total Saddle Fit but there are a lot of similar products for a lot cheaper as well. I'm sure if you keep an eye on this thread, a few people will mention what they prefer best and why.

As for the saddle pads? I haven't jumped fully on board with BOT products yet. If you need a regular saddle pads they have some basic saddle pads but unless you are sold and a believer of the technology behind their product-it's an overpriced saddle pad(Don't kill me you believers-I no longer jump on that bandwagon). Thinline offers all sorts of options for better saddle fitting which I think is great. Having said that tho, if you have a Bates adjustable saddle you will be better off getting their foam inserts to do the same thing but with more options and not buy thinline. So moral of the story, unless you believe BOT products work, thinline is the way I would go because they offer more options and features-but then again you can get some basic, phenomenal quality saddle pads without those bells and whistles(and buy 4 saddles pads instead *cough*).
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@my2geldings I will admit to having paid over $100 for a western therapeutic pad (Can't remember the brand)... It didn't fit Riley right.... I haven't tried it on baby yet.
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Because I show, I need a saddle blanket to match or compliment my show shirts so I have around 10. The pad remains the same, a Reinsman wool pad. For English, I have one white one that I use specifically just for that, with a wool half pad. For everyday English riding I have a diamond wool pad and thin line top liner. I wouldn't consider myself a pad hoarder, but don't ask me about the rest of the stuff.....shhhhh.
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My name is Cowchick and I'm a pad-aholic.
Well maybe I don't buy them all but I sure like shopping for them, looking for the next best thing.
When I do buy and they aren't the greatest thing since sliced bread, down the road they go.
But I can think of some favorites I've had, some I still go back to like a favorite sweater.
I will admit to buying a kit to make a pulled wool pad last night though...

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I feel like BubbaGump... I got a blue one and a white one and a red one and a ... (This isn't even all of them!)
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Well. I have a bunch of random saddle pads; mostly old, tired, western pads of various descriptions. A very few I actually purchased from our local consignment tack store, but most of 'em simply accreted. And most of them still get used; they pad various saddle stands, the saddle carriers in my trailer, and the larger ones serve on the other side of the saddle as covers to keep the dust off.
I have three pads that get used regularly between an Equine and his saddle; George has a Supracor for his Endurance/Trail saddle; we've used it for years. Oily also has a Supracor under his Endurance saddle; we've had it for almost as long. I have more recently secured a Supracor pad to use with his Dressage saddle; it is replacing the Parelli Theraflex pad that we were using. The Theraflex pad is a good'un, but it is finicky about set-up, and doesn't ventilate well. It has been Supraceeded :-)
I guess you can see where this is leading . . . There is The Best; and then there are The Rest. 'Nuff said 'bout saddle pads.

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