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Speak to me (and my broken tailbone) of seat savers for dressage saddles

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  • Curly_Feather
    Originally posted by WhiteOakFarm View Post
    I saw where acavallo makes one with a recess for the tailbone. I saw it in dressage extensions latest catalog.
    I have the normal Acavallo one, without the recess. I got it to help absorb some of the shock after a neck injury. It does help to some degree, but not nearly as much as I was hoping for, as the gel is pretty thin. It is a hugely comfortable seat saver to ride in though, does not move even the tiniest bit, and I use mine for jumping.

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  • RedHorses
    Don't set your heart on anything yet. When I broke my tailbone I found harder surfaces easier to sit on because it put the sit pressure on my seatbones. Soft padded things put more pressure on my tailbone. Soft seats like theatre seats actually bothered me for almost two years after the injury.

    ??????When it came to riding, sitting in the saddle was one of the easier things. Dismounting was a killer for quite a while. It is astonishing how much we actually use the tailbone! There were days I sat for a few minutes at the end of the ride nerving myself up to swing my leg over and dismount. Sometimes I felt that it would hurt less if someone grabbed a foot and shoved me off - even if I landed in a heap on the ground.

    Your specific injury, confirmation, saddle, etc will determine what you need to be comfortable. That's just what worked for me. :jingles: for good healing!

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  • lorilu
    I have the acavallo half pad - it looks like that seat saver is made of the same material. I find the half pad really absorbs the concussion of my guy's hard -to- sit trot. It's not really "jell" but a really squishy soft material with lots of hexagonal voids - almost like a mesh?

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  • alibi_18
    I despise anything that is gel as it moves around.

    I bought myself a nice Mattes sheepskin saddle cover that is quite thick.

    I would go with something like that over a gel one.

    If you can, go try some in a tack store. Put them on saddles and sit on.

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  • Magicboy
    I use a thinline seat saver for help with sit bone issues. But it's not very soft but does spread out concussion

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  • aahunterjumper
    Sorry to hear you're on the injured list. I haven't tried it yet, but Santa brought me a Thinline seat saver. The reviews on their website have folks who've found it very helpful. IMO, you might want to wait a bit longer before hopping back on. I'm just coming back from a fractured big toe. I was just about to tack up and try it until I thought about getting off. So waited a few more weeks until I had enough range of motion that it could work on landing. Of course, now it's winter and crazy cold!! Good luck and treat yourself like a sporthorse and don't return to play 'til you're actually healed. My inner Internet MD, thinks it might be a good idea to have clean x-rays before you get back on. And maybe your horse wants to be kept in light work so that when you do get back on, only one of you is thinking "Woo Hoo!!"

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  • WhiteOakFarm
    I saw where acavallo makes one with a recess for the tailbone. I saw it in dressage extensions latest catalog.

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  • smilesthepony
    I had a similar problem, and tried LOTS of options. Ultimately a thick real sheepskin worked best. Be careful of the memory foam ones, every one I tried turned rock hard in winter or slipped around too much under me. They can also really rub a saddle if they are made poorly, so check under them frequently! Good luck and feel better.
    PS another option I found worked better and was less noticeable was bicycle shorts with customize-able gel inserts. No one could tell i was wearing them so no awkward questions! Plus I could stick them in the freezer after a painful ride for an instant icepack.

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  • Speak to me (and my broken tailbone) of seat savers for dressage saddles

    An incredibly unspectacular moment of carelessness a couple of months ago left me with a spectacularly painful tailbone, fractured in multiple places. It's been slowly healing ever since. I'm finally able to start thinking about riding without the mere mental image of putting my leg over a saddle making me weak with pain, and am trying to figure out if there's a cushy seat saver out there for my dressage saddle that will make it easier to get back on the horse for the first few weeks back. Figured I should order something now so I'll be ready to go when the time comes to get back at it.

    I have a 17.5" dressage saddle that I'm pretty picky about caring for -- wouldn't want anything that could scratch or cause extra wear on the seat. Most importantly, I'm looking for something extremely soft/cushy.

    Any recommendations for a really soft seat saver?