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post #1 of 9 Old 03-15-2016, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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saddle seat cushions and something to keep head cooler under helmet

Hi,

Has anyone found an effective cooling cap or other device to use under riding helmet? It is like being in an oven.

I have an Abetta endurance hornless western saddle. Can anyone recommend a cushion that will fit it, and doe sheepskin give the same comfort as a foam cushion? I heard that gel cushions can get rather hot

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post #2 of 9 Old 03-18-2016, 05:45 PM
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I'm afraid I won't be much help with most of your questions, but hopefully my reply bump will get this thread a little more visibility for others to answer..

I don't know about the helmet thing, or the difference between a gel and sheepskin. However, the barn manager at a stable I used to work at would throw a piece of sheepskin over his saddle when he rode. It was quite comfortable and as far as I know, not secured in any way, but it still worked for him.

Hope someone else can help you with your other questions!
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post #3 of 9 Old 03-18-2016, 05:55 PM
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there are lots of gel and sheepskin seats online, to fit various types of saddle. There are some cooling fabric liners for helmets too, google "equestrian helmet cooling liner" and a number come up.

I've found a big visor helps keep my face cool enough. Da Brim makes a good variety although they may not be the only ones. If I'm still hot I dip a bandanna in water and tie it around my neck (hiking trick). Just keep wetting it. Of course I live in a dry-summer climate, I don't know how well it works in humid summers.
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Vented helmets work if you live in a humid climate. There often isn't enough evaporation for wet wraps to work really effectively. I like the gel for comfort, same as some of the foam type pads but then again I broke my tail bone in middle school and bruised it very badly last spring. Still having issue with it. I'll take comfort even if it is a hotter surface. The heat keeps my muscles warmed. Sheepskin is nice but doesn't offer as much cushion IMO. Sheepskin over a gel pad is cooler than without but can get bulky.
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Hi Farfel!
By far the best saddle pad I have used is the Supracor. Both my critters just love them; we haven't used anything else in years. Downside is the cost.
The best way to keep your head cool under your helmet is to generate your own breeze :-) That, or proceed at a leisurely walk so you don't get sweaty in the first place.
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Oh. Rereading, I see you were asking about a tush-cush. Sheepskin, hands down. Take it from a skinny old butt.
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I've decided it isn't worth riding in my slick seat, slick fork saddle without it.


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Oh. Rereading, I see you were asking about a tush-cush. Sheepskin, hands down. Take it from a skinny old butt.
It look like they make Supracor pads for the tush as well as the saddle pads.

I wish that people would stop showing all these lovely expensive things that I then feel that I can't live without............

Supracor - Medical Accessories
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It look like they make Supracor pads for the tush as well as the saddle pads.

I wish that people would stop showing all these lovely expensive things that I then feel that I can't live without............

Supracor - Medical Accessories
Celeste, you'd better hurry over to the "Sick, Very Sick" thread. Run, don't walk . . . Steve
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