Super Comfort Iron Pads - Super Saddle Scratchers! HELP!
Okay...got these pads in over the weekend and put them on my regular irons. Love them, love them, love them.
BUT...they are scratching the heck out of my saddle. I'm careful when I run the stirrups up, but it seems that they still scratch with the slight motion that happens when I take the saddle off the horse, carry it to the tack room and store it.
I know a ton of folks use these - what do you do to prevent the scratching?
Hmm, do you mean something similar to a cheese grater stirrup pad? I have some on my Royal Rider stirrups but the worst they do is scratch my leathers if I'm not careful running them up or down. I think the reason mine don't scratch my saddle is because my leathers are pretty thick, and leave a space between my stirrups and saddle when they're up. Are your stirrup leathers thin?
Those ones you linked to at Smartpak are what I'm talking about.
My leathers are pretty thick and they are not scratching under there - it is more like the knee roll area that is getting banged up.
Like if the run up stirrups swing a little when you are taking the saddle off, etc - the forward part of the iron that isn't held away from the saddle by the leathers seems to be hitting the knee roll and scratching it.
I have them and don't have that problem. But when I run up my stirrups, I also flip the leathers up back over the stirrup and then run the excess leather through the loop and then back into the keeper. I find this method along w/ using a tight fitting saddle cover helps keep my stirrups more stationery.
I have/had a pair like them, (just bought new stirrups..) but never had any problems with them scratching..do you have them on tight enought? Did you cut the excess off close enough?
I think they are tight enough. I did the "turn" test with them and I can't get them to budge. What do you mean about cutting off excess? There isn't really any excess that I know of - they pretty much fill the space between the sides of the irons evenly without any extra. Or are you saying I should trim them so I can see a little metal on the edges (so make them smaller than the iron)?
I'm new to these so just wanting to make sure I'm not doing something wrong.
I don't use a saddle cover (PITA) and because the saddle is stored in a locker pretty securely. I could look into a cover with stirrup holes though if I can't figure another way.
Is the pad scratching your saddle or is it the zip-ties under the stirrup that are securing the pads in place scratching the saddle?
I just put a pair of these on my saddle and have no problem with scratches....but....I did notice that when I cut off the excess zip-tie on the bottom, there was sharp edges and it scratched my hand. I filed the end of the zip-tie in attempt make a smoother edge and not scratch my hand in the future. It didn't occur to me that the zip-tie may scratch the saddle.
It is the pad - the zip ties are kinda angeled out and away from the side of the saddle of that makes sense (like pulled more over to the outside of the bottom of the iron rather than the middle or inside). I was worried about those scratching.
I have the pads and no problem with scratching. When I run up my stirrups I tuck the excess loop underneath the rear facing branch of the iron then tuck back into itself. Basically, I tie the stirrup leather in a knot around the rear-facing branch. This tends to keep my irons still, no scratching.
There isn't really any excess that I know of - they pretty much fill the space between the sides of the irons evenly without any extra. Or are you saying I should trim them so I can see a little metal on the edges (so make them smaller than the iron)?
Sorry I was meaning the twist ties - but you have already mentioned later that it is not them that is scratching. I put my stirrups up like JumpWithPanache mentioned, and I also lunged my horse during the winter with them up like that and no scratches...perhaps you got extra grippy ones or a manufacturer defect? As can't say they even scratched my hands, good luck!
Just FYI - I trimmed about 1/2 inch off the pad on the edges of the iron thinking that would help (as that was the area that was scratching) and yeah...not so much. The stirrup pad still makes direct contact with the knee flap when the irons are run up and still scratches (but it is a little better).
Got to thinking about it and my saddle is built with a recessed stirrup bar - I am thinking this is why we might have this issue. Ie - if the stirrup bar wasn't recessed, that and the leathers would probably hold the iron/pad up away from the saddle enough so they wouldn't scratch.
So other people might be okay. For me - I'm off to find those drawstring pouches for my irons!