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  • Best Seat Saver ?

    Best seat saver for helping my back as well as a little increased security in saddle...considering these:
    Acavallo Air Plus Gel in with Drilex Cover $$$
    Thinline Dressage Seat Saver $$
    Cashel Tush Cushion $

    Opinions of and experiences with any of these?

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    Originally posted by autumn50 View Post
    Best seat saver for helping my back as well as a little increased security in saddle...considering these:
    Acavallo Air Plus Gel in with Drilex Cover $$$
    Thinline Dressage Seat Saver $$
    Cashel Tush Cushion $

    Opinions of and experiences with any of these?
    I have the Acavallo. Pricey. Nice. Cushy. Soft on the bottom parts.
    Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
    Alfred A. Montapert

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    • #3
      Yup, Acavallo is worth the money.

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        #4
        Did you both get the one with the Dri Lex cover? Does it hold up well? Im hoping to get some comfort in front (some rubs there) and also for seat bones/back. Does the drilex cover offer some stick so you don't have to wear fullseats?

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        • #5
          If you are looking for a less intimate relationship with the twist of your saddle, Acavallo sells one with the awful name of Pubis that has a hollow channel from the pommel down the “centerline” so there is no weight bearing, no friction. It is also ultra cushy.

          The other positive/negative is that because the cushion is kind of thick, it widens the twist. This either helps add comfort if your twist was too narrow to begin with, but if you have a “just right” twist, there’s some barrel effect.

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          • #6
            I have to say Acavallo too. I have a tailbone issue and they have one with the tb area cut out. It makes life much less painful...as in it actually allows me to ride my horse .

            Susan

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            • #7
              Originally posted by PREconvert View Post
              The other positive/negative is that because the cushion is kind of thick, it widens the twist. This either helps add comfort if your twist was too narrow to begin with, but if you have a “just right” twist, there’s some barrel effect.
              This - and you'll need to shorten your stirrups.

              I think the 'gel out' would offer more stick than the drilex cover, but the drilex looks better and seems like it would wear better too (I'm imagining dust getting in all those grooves...)

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              • #8
                On a related note, how are these seat savers in the heat? Plainly put, are they going to encourage swamp ass? ​​​​​​

                I'm considering one for my long trail rides as a nice added feature. My saddle is fine, but I wonder if some added cushion would be nice on those long rides. I was considering sheepskin, but (as seen in this thread) the gel ones do seem popular. Are you all using them for everyday riding? Or hacks?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by CanteringCarrot View Post
                  On a related note, how are these seat savers in the heat? Plainly put, are they going to encourage swamp ass? ​​​​​​

                  I'm considering one for my long trail rides as a nice added feature. My saddle is fine, but I wonder if some added cushion would be nice on those long rides. I was considering sheepskin, but (as seen in this thread) the gel ones do seem popular. Are you all using them for everyday riding? Or hacks?
                  I admit, I use both at once! I have a plain, Dry-Lex Acavallo seat saver (lovely!) and for long trail rides, I add a merino "butt fluffy" on top. No swampyness (mainly thanks to the merino). This combo kept me comfy for 6h+ rides in the Rockies.

                  The Acavallo alone doesn't seem to cause any extra sweat issues either.

                  I also recently purchased one of the "Ortho Pubis" Dry-Lex seat savers to hopefully get my mum back in the saddle (she has lichen sclerosus) and my first few rides in it were quite comfortable, albeit quite a different feel. Now to get her in it!

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                  • #10
                    I use the thinline seatsaver and like it a lot no problem in the heat. Have to get a letter allowing use in a rated show.

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                    • #11
                      I use this to protect my saddle from excessive wear and tear: http://www.theotherseat.com/
                      Libby

                      There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". - Dave Barry

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                      • #12
                        I've got an Acavallo gel-out seat saver, and I've used it for 4+ years in all kinds of weather. Love it. Love the little bit of extra stick as well. Definitely worth the money.
                        "The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its attractions." --Dostoevsky

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                        • #13
                          I have the acavallo dri-lex with the tailbone cut out, which I bought when I was finally able to get back in the saddle after a fractured tailbone. I don't normally like seat savers but this is a godsend. It does put you much further from the horse, which is what I don't like, and I did have to shorten my stirrups but without it I iomply could not ride so I recommend it!

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                          • #14
                            The real fleece ones made by JMS
                            "You'll never see yourself in the mirror with your eyes closed"

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                              Thanks, everyone! MrEd, does "the other seat" suede seat saver offer any shock absorption benefits for your back, or protect your private parts,... or just added traction?

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                                Tabula...the JMS seat savers look so comfy...but are they slippery to ride in....or do they actually offer more security/traction for the rider?

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                                • #17
                                  Does anyone know of a seat saver with a similar purpose to the Acavallo Ortho Pubis (hollow central channel) but less thick and clunky?

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