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Re: [RC] Ultimate saddle pad - Elizabeth Walker

Good to know.

I think I'll stick with the Christ pad. Real sheepskin, with a cotton top layer. It has pockets for pads, but I haven't needed them, so no additional filling in the pad. The one I am using is actually a pad for a treeless saddle, rather than the "endurance" model they have. The treeless pad comes down on the sides far enough for my English style saddle. HorseDream only carries the "Warmblood" size, so it is a bit big on him, which works out just great -- the extra length gives a spot for the cantle pack to ride so that I don't get any rubbing over the loins from it, either.

The only downside to this pad is that it is not "easy care". Since there is only the cotton quilting under the saddle flaps, the sweat soaks through onto the saddle sweat flap. Means I have to clean the sweat flap of the saddle more often. :) The flaps of the pad also show the dried sweat, so it has to be cleaned (or at least the flaps sponged off) if you don't want it to look grungy. Being real sheepskin, after a full washing, it takes a *long* time to dry out (days), so I've ordered a second pad so that I have one to wash and one to wear. :)

On Sep 9, 2008, at 6:53 PM, heidi larson wrote:

I read a study once about 5 years ago on saddle pads and the study entailed the computor pad registering heat and pressure as the horse was ridden. Sheepskin and wool were the best for dispersing heat and pressure points.
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--- On Tue, 9/9/08, Elizabeth Walker <bwalker2@xxxxxxx> wrote:


From: Elizabeth Walker <bwalker2@xxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [RC] Ultimate saddle pad
To: "Ridecamp" <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 11:31 PM
Supracor didn't work for me - I got loin rubbing with
it.  Only about
6 rides, and he was almost down to bare skin in the loin
area.

Right now, I'm using a Christ sheepskin pad, imported
by HorseDream.
It seems to have solved my rubbing issue.  Hopefully, the
sheepskin
provides enough airflow.  :)


On Sep 9, 2008, at 1:14 PM, The Coles wrote:


I personally use a Supracor. I'm a heavy weight
rider, on a big
long backed moose, in a dressage saddle. I have tried
various
saddle pads but I keep going back to my Supracor.
And, I just
purchases a second one, in the Endurance style, which
will replace
my Dressage Supracor.

The thing I like about it most, and what conviences me
that it is
actually providing a cooling effect for my horse, is
that you can
actually hear the air swooshing out of the pad
whenever you do a
rising trot! It kinda sounds like mini bellows when
you are
riding. I don't hear it at the canter or at the
walk however... I
suppose that is because the weight is not shifting
that much in the
walk, and probably because I two poing in the canter
and the wind in
my ears may be disguising the noise of the air flow???

For those who's horses are sensitive to the
supracor, I would
suggest a thin cotton pad between the pad and horse.

It's not very scientific, but in my humble
opinion, if I can
actually HEAR the air flow, then there has to be some
circulation of
air, and that would mean there would have to be a
cooling effect.

Donna Lee and Jeff Cole Turning Point Stables Browns Flat, NB




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