March 30, 2014 at 6:19 amAppydragon Original PosterTopics Started: 12Replies Posted: 22
The great debate!
I currently have the Thinline half pad, and I love it, but I am starting to think that maybe its a bit too thick under my current saddle. This saddle fits her perfectly without any padding under it, but I really like the shock absorbing properties of the thinline pad. I have been looking at the just the plain thinline, but I wonder how much it moves around by itself, and if it tents up into the channel of the saddle, or if it would lay flat and put pressure on the withers. I have also been reading up on Ogilvy as they seem to be the new thing to have. I heard that the older version is pretty thick, but the newer version is pretty thin? Being made of memory foam wouldn’t it just squish down basically flat under the saddle? Does it really offer much shock absorbing? Lastly I am looking at the EcoGold pad half pad, it is much more budget friendly than Ogilvy, and my mare being downhill and not having much wither does make the saddle move forward some while we ride. This pad is also suppose to offer some shock absorbing. I do have an anatomic girth on the way to me, so I am hoping that it will fix the forward movement problem. However, if it doesn’t… I trialed an EcoGold dressage pad last fall and it did seem to help a little bit with the forward movement issue. My big question on this pad is, in the summer how hot do they get? And also, does anybody know how thick the half pads are?
Sydney, Appaloosa x Draft crossMarch 30, 2014 at 4:08 pmMapaleTopics Started: 4Replies Posted: 421
Supracor makes a dressage saddle pad that you might consider if you want to have superior shock absorption without movement, weight, and heat. I ride for endurance and use a supracor pad – it’s the stuff used in the space shuttles and also in medical applications. I can testify to the fact that it will diminish heat and is unsurpassed in shock absorption (the Stimulite Honeycomb is patented) – very comfortable for the horse. They’re easy to clean (I use a hose or a damp cloth). But they aren’t easy to find. Dover Saddlery has a half pad that is 1/2″. Or you may have to order from Supracor directly as I have done in the past. I also have found them at websites specializing in endurance riding. If it works great for my sport for long and difficult hacks, it might work well for you. They also last forever. It’s called the Dressage Cool Grip Pad; the only downside, it’s expensive, but worth every penny. Any dressage riders out there who’ve tried it?
Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...March 30, 2014 at 4:43 pmAppydragon Original PosterTopics Started: 12Replies Posted: 22
What is inside the Supracor pads? I found a couple a little cheaper on eBay, so they could be worth a try. The more I read up on saddle pads, the more I think I want to stay away from ones with memory foam in them. From experience with a memory foam bed I can’t imagine they would last very long.
Another brand I am now considering are the Success pads. Sounds like they could help without adding a bunch of extra bulk.
Sydney, Appaloosa x Draft crossMarch 31, 2014 at 6:19 pmMapaleTopics Started: 4Replies Posted: 421
Hi Appyd, I’ve used at least one of my Supracor pads for well over five years of heavy trail riding and it’s still as good as new. Supracor was developed for NASA for use in the space shuttle for the comfort and safety of the astronauts. It’s also used in padding for wheel chairs and therapeutic devices because it does not wear out nor have weak spots. If you squeeze it between fingers and release, it does not delay like memory foam, it reflexes immediately. Nor does it bunch up like memory foam and it doesn’t crease. It’s like a honeycomb inside. It doesn’t soak up water – you can hose it off and in a few hours use it again. It’s like an ‘air packet’ between me and my horse that flexes as the horse moves. It was a genius move on Supracor’s part to make horse pads with it, but there are many many other uses.
I like the Cool Grip because it stays in place (I can ride steep grades without a martingale), keeps my horse’s top line cool in our Southern summers, no hotspots, no sore spots, and it’s light weight which makes it ideal for keeping my horse comfortable for long rides. I put the suggestion out there because I know the product and recommend it for the concerns you expressed in your original post. I don’t know about the other brands you are considering but I hope you find the perfect one to suit your needs – it makes a big difference! Good luck.
Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...August 29, 2014 at 7:41 pmsara_misiaszekTopics Started: 0Replies Posted: 1
I can offer some input on the Ogilvy memory foam pads. I have been using mine for over a year now and I will not use another pad ever again. The memory pad does not squish down under the weight of the saddle and rider. It also helps to correct any imperfections in your saddle fit. I have a 17.1 hand Irish Sport Horse mare that is between a regular and wide tree and I ride her in a regular tree Crosby Centennial and the Ogilvy pad makes the saddle fit much better. Also, the material on the underside of the pad makes it near impossible for the saddle to slip back. My mare used to get really sore in the back, especially after a long day of showing and the shock absorbing features were a huge lifesaver. I have heard some complaints about keeping the pads clean, but between my half pad and numerous baby pads, they always come out of the washer looking brand new.
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