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There was a thread about this a week or two ago so I'm sorry for restarting one. Looking for advice on western saddle pads. Is there such a thing as an orthopedic one?
 

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FP, I believe Skito pads are great (pricey too), so you may want to search on them here.
 

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Yes ma'am, there are..There are also a good number of different brands who carry different styles of an orthopedic western pad.

I've heard the Skito pads are great but I've never used on myself..I personally love Classic Equine pads...I have two of the Classic Equine ESP pads and I really want to get my hands on the new Classic Equine BioFit pads..It all really comes down to personal preference and what works best for the horse and rider.

Here are a few examples ranging from the cheaper pads to the more expensive pads..I myself, stick to the higher end pads because you get what you pay for..

Reinsman Orthopedic Microsuede Square Pad - Horse.com

http://www.ridethebrand.com/weaver-saddle-pads.php

Classic Equine

Classic Equine

Classic Equine

I actually have two of these and love them.
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Classic Equine

Impact Gel - Equine - Saddle Pads and Seat Saver's

OrthoSport Saddle Pads

Air Ride Saddle Pads
 

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Those impact gel ones look really neat. Of course so do the air ride ones. The ESP II one is the one you like? I wish I could see the bottom of it. I am really confused now. I have the vet coming out on Monday to do shots and Chiro, do you think she'd reccomend one? She is a dressage rider though...

I'll have to look up the Skito ones. I've never even heard of them....
 

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I've never ridden in an ImpactGel but I've heard nice things about them..A lot of barrel racers use them and recommend them..I would get the second "version" though, there were complaints with the first pads getting hard after a while..The second version now has little bubbles and stuff inside so the gel stays squishy and can conform to your horse's back right every time. They are definitely my second choice to the ESP pads though..

I do love the ESP pads..They are fleece bottom and inside the fleece is memory foam that conforms to your horse. This is a picture of the bottom of my show pad that I've had and ride frequently in for three years now..They are my favorite pad ever lol...Awesome quality and last ages..


I've had a few not so great experiences with the Air Ride pads, they will slip and slide under your saddle...SorrelHorse actually has a great picture showing how much they will slide..
 

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but those "stick" and hold the place? I was wondering about slippage....
 

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My ESP doesn't slip at all..I've had four total now and I've never had any slipping problem with any of them..More of the Air Ride pads or Neoprene bottom pads can slip but the ESP stays in place. The ESP pads really conform to your horse under your saddle and sit snug in the all the right spots..I'm not sure about the ImpactGel, I've never ridden in one.
 

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Laugh! I am ALL for pink. Everything of Nikki's is pink and brown..with giraffe print boots..I like to make a statement :wink:

This is actually the top of my pad.
 

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I have heard great things about the ESP pad also. I have never tried one. I have also heard the same thing about the Air Ride, that is slips terribly :( The only thing that stopped me from getting the Impact gel pad was the weight of the pad...they seem to be ALOT heavier than the others? I just got my new Best Ever felt pad this week so hope to try it out this weekend....the never ending search for the perfect pad ;)
 

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I just got my new Best Ever felt pad this week so hope to try it out this weekend....the never ending search for the perfect pad ;)
Really?! You have got to let me know how it rides and fits..I want to try one but I've always been too chicken..I've never seen one in person and I want to feel and touch whatever I want to put on my horse..I'm weird.
 

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It may depend on what you trying to protect with your pad.

I have a horse that has a Thoroughbred bred build and is hollowed out behind his shoulder blades which causes pain because the saddle settles in the hollow and pushes on the shoulders. I have been recommended the Bio-Fit like Drum said, and I love it. You can get it in the felt bottom or fleece and different sizes and thickness. Well worth the money.

I have also the Professionals Choice version of the pad and I find it slightly awkward because of where the extra padding is placed for the shoulders. Because of the "slack" over the spine for airflow can make the pad difficult to get exactly right on both sides because of how I adjust my pad after I place my saddle on the horses back and pull the pad up off the withers so it doesn't bind up. So again I haven't found that to be a problem with the Bio-Fit.
 

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Lol your smart! I cant tell you how many I have bought and then gotten rid of and if I had seen it in person wouldnt of bought lol This is SUPER nice as far as look and feel though, soft and not too stiff, weigth seems perfect, looks really sharp (I got red leather wears for my black and white paint ;)) ....really seems like it will be great but the test will be in a nice long 3-4 hour trail ride ;) I will let ya know this weekend for sure!
 

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Lol your smart! I cant tell you how many I have bought and then gotten rid of and if I had seen it in person wouldnt of bought lol This is SUPER nice as far as look and feel though, soft and not too stiff, weigth seems perfect, looks really sharp (I got red leather wears for my black and white paint ;)) ....really seems like it will be great but the test will be in a nice long 3-4 hour trail ride ;) I will let ya know this weekend for sure!
lol I definitely think we need pictures! I've had my run in with stuff I've bought and hated so now I have to be touchy feely, get other's opinions, and I would LOVE to be able to use it on my horse but sadly, that isn't always possible..So I stick to just feeling it and determining if I think it would fit my horse..Thanks for letting me know!!

It may depend on what you trying to protect with your pad.

I have a horse that has a Thoroughbred bred build and is hollowed out behind his shoulder blades which causes pain because the saddle settles in the hollow and pushes on the shoulders. I have been recommended the Bio-Fit like Drum said, and I love it. You can get it in the felt bottom or fleece and different sizes and thickness. Well worth the money.
You're making me want one..I keep telling myself "Amber, you do not need another pad, you do not need another pad"...It's not working..Especially since I got Lark, she's black and matches NONE of my brown and pink tack..Soo I just get to save my pennies and go shopping!
 

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Thanks Kitten!

Cowchick - The support I'm aiming far is actually further back towards the sacrilum (is that how you spell it?) I'm not positive the saddle even covers that far back but I just thought over all I would like to help out anyway I can. We are on Adequan and do get regular Chiro visits. (he fractured his pelvis at around 6 months). So really everything I am doing is preventative.
 
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