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RE: [RC] Sweat pattern with a Freeform SB - Karen Standefer

I had 3 FreeForms, 3 HAF pads and three different horses.  I use the HAF pad with the full Sympatex bottom (not the one that is half fleece).  I have a perfect sweat pattern on all three horses.  I have used 2 other popular name brand pads with my FreeForms and they did not do near as well as the HAF with the full Sympatex bottom.  Also, I find that configuration is much cooler than the other pads I’ve used. 


Does your HAF have the fleece bottom, red bottom or blue bottom?  Also, I’ve seen some of them that have quite a lot of suede on the outside of the pad.  Mine has very little and I believe that helps the breathability of the pad immensely.


I’ve been using the Freeforms for over 2 years now and the HAF pads for about 15 months.  It’s by far the best saddle solution I’ve ever had for all three of my horses.  Don’t even need a breast collar anymore!






From: ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Aaron Turnage
Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 5:33 PM
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC] Sweat pattern with a Freeform SB


I'm demoing a Freeform SB right now with a HAF pad.  I normally ride in a Wintec 2000 AP with Supracor.  With my Wintec + Supracor when I remove the saddle my horses spine is always dry, regardless of how sweaty he is.  I LOVE the Supracor because of this, I can actually feel it pumping the air when I have my hands up close to my pommel.  With the Freeform and HAF pad my horses back was completely sweaty...  ???  Does this mean the saddle is pressing on his spine?  Is this normal for a treeless and/or Freeform?  Is this a problem or concern?  I do know the HAF pad is hotter than the Supracor from when I've used it with my Wintec.  I LOVE my Wintec for me but even with the extra-wide gullet it's too narrow for my gelding and it is creating "heat spots" where my legs go from the CAIR panels.


I'd really love to hear from other Freeform riders on this one.  Taking it out for a long hot ride tomorrow.  =)


~ Crysta & Sinatra

AJandCrysta at sbcglobal.net

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