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XC Saddle Pad suggestions...

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  • XC Saddle Pad suggestions...

    So, I'm in need of saddle pad suggestions for my TB. I've been using my baby-pad (or BOT pad) with Mattes on top, but now that we've introduced a new pace & more complex questions, my baby-pad is slipping & twisting. I put a non-slip gel-eze pad under the it on my last XC school, and while the saddle pad didn't move back, it was still twisted. He has a big wither, and very sensitive skin...was thinking of investing in one of those Ecogold pads - but are they worth the price tag? Will it bite the dust after a year or use? I don't want to do a lot of experimenting with pads - with his overall sensitive nature I try to KISS or the 'if it aint broke...', - and the soft brushed cotton has yet to bother his sensitive skin. I had a Franconia pad at one point, loved it, but apparently it's gone missing. He goes best in the Mattes pad so I will be using that over which-ever pad I end up with...

    Never really thought choosing a saddle pad would require much thought, it's 'just a saddle pad' - hope it's not too silly of a question

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    Why not just get a new Franconia if that worked well. Baby pads here: http://www.123tack.com/franconia-baby-pad.html

    and the europad at Smartpak http://www.smartpakequine.com/euro-s...pad-4975p.aspx
    (if you want a grey or burgundy europad, I would be happy to give them to you as I dont' use them anymore)
    OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


    • #3
      Put your Mattes pad against his skin - that's what it was designed for. It won't slip, it will let him breathe, and I have yet to meet a horse who hasn't loved fleece.

      I don't quite understand the theory of putting something between the mattes/sheepskin pads and the horse, other than yes, you do have to clean them more. Brushing with a stiff bristled brush once dry keeps them pretty clean and you don't have to wash them that often.


      • Original Poster

        Originally posted by scubed View Post
        Why not just get a new Franconia if that worked well. Baby pads here: http://www.123tack.com/franconia-baby-pad.html

        and the europad at Smartpak http://www.smartpakequine.com/euro-s...pad-4975p.aspx
        (if you want a grey or burgundy europad, I would be happy to give them to you as I dont' use them anymore)
        That is so generous of you! I come from h/j land & haven't schooled XC in the Franconia Europad so wasn't sure if it would do the job XC, but I don't think it'd twist or slip given it's construction.