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that-one-girl
Aug. 5, 2009, 01:31 PM
What is your favorite half pad for a little bit of cushion, but not necessarily to improve saddle fit. I am an AA who rides on and off, usually on school horses. I just want a nicer half pad for schooling.

chawley
Aug. 5, 2009, 01:40 PM
I've used all the above on various sales horses, etc., and decided upon the Mattes when it came time to buy one for my own horse. It provides plenty of cushion and protection while allowing his back to breath.

Ozone
Aug. 5, 2009, 01:47 PM
I am a Mattes Girl through and through. I have used GrandPrix, Fleeceworks, Dovers, and kock offs and something about Mattes they do not break down, thee best by far! IMO

luvs2ridewbs
Aug. 5, 2009, 02:10 PM
Supracore

Rhody Ram
Aug. 5, 2009, 02:45 PM
Thinline saddlefitter w/ sheepskin

JumpWithPanache
Aug. 5, 2009, 03:13 PM
I like my Dover pad

AvantGarde
Aug. 5, 2009, 03:26 PM
I really like the Fleeceworks half pad I use for shows, but I've also used the thicker wool/fleece pads like Wilkers and found them just as useful, depending on what you need out of a pad.

Lou-Lou
Aug. 5, 2009, 09:23 PM
I love Thinline and the Roma sheepskin half pads.

hideyourheart03
Aug. 6, 2009, 12:01 AM
I have a Beval pad and a Thinline pad. I prefer the Beval for everyday use for lots of horses, but like the Thinline as extra padding for the show ring.

My next investment will be a Lami-Cell pad. Those are awesome and my newest favorite!

Woodsperson
Aug. 6, 2009, 02:56 AM
thinline ultra trifecta pad

Roan
Aug. 6, 2009, 02:59 AM
I like both my Fleeceworks and Cloud Nine half pads.

Eileen

superpony123
Aug. 6, 2009, 03:25 AM
I would just like to point out that half pads *should* only be used to correct/improve saddle fit. Every time I am talking with a saddle fitter, or watching saddle fitters, they have always mentioned this and noted that it's very important, how most of us think we're doing our horse a favor by adding some cushioning when often times it's not needed (if the saddle fits perfectly, that is. if your fitter says you need X pad to do Y then by all means you should be doing so),

That being said, I am cheap and use a foam riser pad to get the job done for my pony. For shows, we use a Fleeceworks shaped pad with inserts to lift my saddle in the rear a little bit, mimicking the half pad.

Anyway, I have needed pads in the past for other (skinnier/narrower) ponies and horses that my saddle was just flat out too wide for. Needed to fill the space a little. I really like Fleecework, Mattes, and Beval pads. I'm moving up to a horse soon, then I'm going to college. If a foam pad won't work for the horse I move up to, then I'll have to invest in something that *does* work, of course, but until I actually have a very long term horse (like owning, and that's going to be a long time from now) I don't plan on investing the money unless it's needed. I've usually got access to these nicer pads, though, as my barn has a few that we're welcome to use.

Sunny Side Up
Aug. 6, 2009, 03:27 AM
Hmm, I like Mattes the best I think. They're great quality and nice fit!
I have a Fleeceworks and it's pretty nice to school in..except last season my old one blew up in the washer! So not great quality..Also, Roma's are nice, too! They're really thin though, but super soft.

dwblover
Aug. 6, 2009, 03:41 PM
I have always really loved the Mattes pads. They are definitely my favorite. And the color choices are hard to beat.

dauphine2
Aug. 6, 2009, 04:03 PM
Mattes pads are really nice when you first get them. But the skeepskin doesn't hold up, or stay soft and whatever. It's silly and cosmetic, but if I'm paying $200 for a half pad than it better stay soft! If you look at my fleeceworks pad, bought two years ago and washed with MELP, and then look at my friend's mattes pad, bought two years and washed with something - you do see a differences. My skeepskin isn't clumpy. :lol:

*jumper*
Aug. 6, 2009, 07:31 PM
I love my Mattes...it has just the right amount of cushion without being too thick (they are very fluffy at first but the sheepskin flattens out). Mine's regular, but I also like that you can use shims and basically create any figuration you need. I also like that it stays up off the spine.

I'm not a fan of Bevals...I think they're too thick and stiff. Just not my cup of tea.

I'd give the Thinline a try in a hearbeat.

Wizard of Oz's
Aug. 6, 2009, 07:38 PM
I've had Bevel, fleeceworks, ovation gel pad, and now a grand prix. my favorite by far is the grand prix. I have the one that is fleece with the gel on the seat area. http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-19336&tid=shopz&CATALOG_CODE=1X844&EID=X1844001&zmam=1460880&zmas=1&zmac=45&zmap=X1-19336&bhcd2=1249598165 My saddle fitter told me that is pretty much the best thing that I can put on my horse's back.

IsolaBella09
Aug. 6, 2009, 09:26 PM
I have a Mattes pad and a Beval's Theraputic pad. I like the Beval pad more, as it fits my horse better. They last forever as well.

Dramapony_misty
Aug. 18, 2009, 05:22 PM
I've had Bevel, fleeceworks, ovation gel pad, and now a grand prix. my favorite by far is the grand prix. I have the one that is fleece with the gel on the seat area. http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-19336&tid=shopz&CATALOG_CODE=1X844&EID=X1844001&zmam=1460880&zmas=1&zmac=45&zmap=X1-19336&bhcd2=1249598165 My saddle fitter told me that is pretty much the best thing that I can put on my horse's back.

$224 for that?! :eek:

I really don't understand spending THAT much money on a pad (unless it is for a very specific medical issue). Maybe I'm just cheap...though I prefer the term thrifty. :winkgrin:

The Ovation version is only $150 from Horseloverz and Equestrian Collections. I found it on Equishopper.com (http://equishopper.com/p-10659-ovation-silicone-anit-slip-pad-with-full-sheepskin.aspx)

VA_Hunter_Aside
Aug. 18, 2009, 05:55 PM
I would just like to point out that half pads *should* only be used to correct/improve saddle fit. Every time I am talking with a saddle fitter, or watching saddle fitters, they have always mentioned this and noted that it's very important, how most of us think we're doing our horse a favor by adding some cushioning when often times it's not needed (if the saddle fits perfectly, that is. if your fitter says you need X pad to do Y then by all means you should be doing so),



I'd just like to point out the fleece, or sheepkin shaped pads are interchangeable with normal, non-shimmed, plain fleece half pads. Half pads are used when you want the fluffyness/padding of a full sheepskin or fleece pad but do not want the bulk under your leg of a full shaped pad.

Contrary to modern belief, no pad is needed at ALL for a correctly fitting saddle. The main purpose of a saddle pad is supposed to be to absorb sweat so it doesn't stain your expensive saddle. If your saddle causes sores when ridden in without any pad then the saddle does not fit your horse. Most people (myself included;)) cannot afford to buy a saddle custom made for their horse's back and so we use saddle pads to adjust the fit and make it comfortable for our horse.

I use a Fleeceworks or Equine Comfort Products half pad on my gelding but not on my mare. I am using a fleece pad with a keyhole pad on her until I can get a different saddle for her.

RyuEquestrian
Aug. 18, 2009, 10:23 PM
My first halfpad was a mattes, however I now have a memory foam half pad that I got at the Stallion show in Holland and I've found that what I like the half pads that best that have a seam along the spine because they fit better along the horses' backs. I'm a fan on the Mattes for the horses that have fairly developed top lines, as it doesn't offer much padding, and I use my thicker memory foam half pad for those that need a bit extra cushioning. But in either, the spine allows for airflow between the saddle and the spine, and in my opinion, a better fit.

atouchofclass
Aug. 19, 2009, 10:01 AM
The Ovation works great for me. Very much similiar to Mattes at less than half the price.

SOTB
Aug. 19, 2009, 04:41 PM
I love my Mattes pad. I love that I can adjust the padding to fit various horses.

mypaintwattie
Aug. 19, 2009, 06:26 PM
Love my Fleeceworks Perfect Balance half pad- I can leave it alone or add in extra padding when it's needed!

Bolero
Aug. 20, 2009, 03:33 PM
EquiFit T-Form Non-Slip Pad (http://www.smartpakequine.com/ProductClass.aspx?productclassid=7897) = my new obsession! I've used Mattes pads FOREVER, but I was getting tired with the upkeep to keep it super clean. I love the EquiFit products so I figured I'd give this one a whirl. Really easy to keep clean, and I like the low-profile look.

Sparky Boy
Aug. 20, 2009, 03:38 PM
What would be the best half pad to raise the back of the saddle?

jumpingmaya
Aug. 20, 2009, 03:42 PM
Supracore

AMEN :yes:
I ride everything in my Supracor!!! LUV IT!!! and so do the horses... :D

jumpingmaya
Aug. 20, 2009, 03:43 PM
What would be the best half pad to raise the back of the saddle?

Had a Mattes a few years ago that I had actually just bought for that... I'm pretty sure they sell it in Dover!

2foals
Aug. 20, 2009, 04:08 PM
I have a mattes half pad and a thin line half pad, both of which I like very much. BUT, I also have a half pad made by "Shires" which is wonderful. It is my favorite for everyday use--looks nice, perfect thickness, just the right shape. Did I mention it only cost about $30? I'm not 100% sure if it is real fleece or fake fleece, but it has the look and feel of real fleece, so I don't really care.

This is just me, but I ride 2-4 sweaty horses a day and I just would never be comfortable trashing a pricey mattes or fleeceworks pad that way.

I wish that thin line made their half pad in a version with a center seam (other than the super pricey sheepskin covered one). Thin line is a nice, easy to clean pad, and seems to smooth over minor saddle fit issues.

And I agree with others who have cautioned about using the thicker half pads--they can really alter saddle fit and balance. Personally I prefer a thinner to medium thickness half pad with a baby pad, to absorb sweat and protect my saddle and minimize laundry (baby pads are easy to wash).

twofatponies
Aug. 30, 2009, 01:45 PM
Saddle fitter recommended a fleece half pad for my older mare, to go under her new saddle, just to give her back some extra cushion in her old age.

I have been borrowing a friend's Mattes, which is nice. But I got a deal on a Dover fleece half pad with felt top which I am considering buying instead of the much more expensive Mattes.

The biggest difference I see is the Mattes pad has "cutouts" where the saddle flaps hang. Does anyone find this is a useful feature? Or doesn't matter? I assume any fleece pad will "shape itself" to the horse and saddle after a few rides.

Opinions?

theroanypony
Aug. 30, 2009, 01:51 PM
I'm definitely in the minority, but I've got to say I love Roma! I've had mine for a few months and still haven't needed to wash it, even though I use it on both my ponies. By no means do I think it's the best half pad, but it really does the job of fitting my saddle to the little ponies I ride. :yes:

SarahandSam
Aug. 30, 2009, 02:21 PM
I have the Equine Comfort one and love it. It's still sheepskin, but only $72 from SmartPak, and it washes nicely and seems to be holding its shape well. Not bulky or stiff.

CDNJumperGirl
Aug. 30, 2009, 03:59 PM
Have both a Mattes saddle fitter pad (dressage saddle) and a Roma half pad (jumping saddle)- the Mattes is obviously gorgeous but the Roma has held up well and looks great! Wouldn't hesitate to buy another down the road when this one wears out or I need another.

JenEM
Aug. 30, 2009, 08:12 PM
I have the synthetic $19 pad that VTO sells. It goes in the washing machine and come out looking new. I don't have to worry about ruining an expensive pad I'm not even going to show in, and it adds just a little extra cushion, which is all I wanted.

Come to think of it, I bought both of the pads during VTOs annual sales, so I probably paid closer to $15 for them. Seemed like a good price to me ;)

Tuesday's Child
Aug. 30, 2009, 10:32 PM
I got a Christ Lamfelle half pad almost 2 years ago. It was about $100 cheaper than all the Mattes pads I was seeing, and the quality is same or better! It's held up really well, I love it.