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shohanna
Apr. 5, 2012, 11:55 PM
I recently had my saddle fit checked and the vet thought I needed to add front shims as the saddle rocks slightly. He recommended the Mattes pad. The only problem is that they are extremely expensive ($350). Do any of you use this or any other pad of this type and if so, do you know of any good deals out there?

CaitlinandTheBay
Apr. 6, 2012, 12:33 AM
Mattes without the sheepskin. It runs about $125. I have one that I really like.

alto
Apr. 6, 2012, 12:39 AM
Thinlines (http://shop.thinlineglobal.com/products/category/English/12443.0.1.1.1015512.9634.0.0.0) run ~ $150 (offer a 30 day customer satisfaction guarantee)

Fleeceworks also offers a shimmable pad (the "perfect balance", I believe).

Ecogold (https://www.ecogold.ca/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=riser&x=0&y=0) also offers saddle fit pads & has an excellent 30day trial period.

You can also buy just the riser pad, but these are more likely to shift during the ride than those that are integral to the saddle pad; a number of these types are also not dense enough to retain function once rider weight & horse movement are added.

Check with your fitter, was there a reason that a sheepskin version was recommended - the sheepskin varies between the different manufacturers, also shape & type of foam used for the shims.

TheHorseProblem
Apr. 6, 2012, 12:19 PM
If you don't want to spend the money on a shimmable pad, why not just get a Roma wither relief pad?

hollyhorse2000
Apr. 6, 2012, 01:53 PM
I think the shimmable thinline halfpad without the fleece is $150 at Smartpak. Thinline is unbeatable. I'm not wild about fleece personally. It gets dirty and I think the pads shift around. I've also found the Mattes pads to add way to much under the saddle.

jn4jenny
Apr. 6, 2012, 02:00 PM
Good suggestions above for the Thinline Trifecta or the Mattes cotton correction pad. Or for maximum ghetto effect, just buy the shims and tape them to the saddle pad and/or the saddle. For even more ghetto effect, just literally shove them between your saddle pad and saddle and pray that they don't move--in which case your best bet is probably the Thinline shims because have non-slip properties.

If you need it to be sheepskin, for example because you also need a little "lift" off the withers or because you need the thickness, Equine Comfort makes a fairly reasonably priced one. Classic Saddlery sells it for the very reasonable price of $114.95, and you could probably get Equus Now to match that price (they have a price match guarantee).

http://classicsaddlery.com/pads/protective.htm

http://www.equusnow.com/prodview.asp?idProduct=5382

shohanna
Apr. 7, 2012, 11:59 PM
Good suggestions above for the Thinline Trifecta or the Mattes cotton correction pad. Or for maximum ghetto effect, just buy the shims and tape them to the saddle pad and/or the saddle. For even more ghetto effect, just literally shove them between your saddle pad and saddle and pray that they don't move--in which case your best bet is probably the Thinline shims because have non-slip properties.

If you need it to be sheepskin, for example because you also need a little "lift" off the withers or because you need the thickness, Equine Comfort makes a fairly reasonably priced one. Classic Saddlery sells it for the very reasonable price of $114.95, and you could probably get Equus Now to match that price (they have a price match guarantee).

http://classicsaddlery.com/pads/protective.htm

http://www.equusnow.com/prodview.asp?idProduct=5382

Great advice! I do have plenty of wither clearance but the vet who told me he thought the saddle was a little wide for her as it rocked slightly (but not much) and when he examined her, thought she was a little sore on either side of the wither. He only wanted me to lift the front of the saddle slightly. I like the idea of adding the shims to my current pad ...didn't think of that. I like the pad I using as it is wool and if I use anything else, she gets itchy.