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  • Your favorite half pad?

    What's your favorite half pad and why?

    I've had in the past: a Fleeceworks, Christ, and Thinline but sold them all and am in the market for an update!
    Last edited by GreySwan; Feb. 27, 2012, 12:25 PM. Reason: Grammar

  • #2
    Love my Mattes!
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    • #3
      Which Thinline did you have? I have the sheepskin one and like it a lot. I can definitely tell a difference when I'm not using it.

      I have however been itching to try the Ecogold one with the three different foams.

      What are you needing a half pad for though, saddle fit?


      • #4
        If you are looking for something a little less expensive, I personally love Exselle Half Pads. For $30, they are great for everyday use, when you want to just add some extra padding to your saddle. Be forewarned, though, they are small (21in x 20 1/2in long).
        Last edited by Crazy-Pony; Feb. 27, 2012, 12:42 PM. Reason: Forgot to add link


        • Original Poster

          Originally posted by KateKat View Post
          Which Thinline did you have? I have the sheepskin one and like it a lot. I can definitely tell a difference when I'm not using it.

          I have however been itching to try the Ecogold one with the three different foams.

          What are you needing a half pad for though, saddle fit?
          I had the cotton tri-fecta with sheepskin rolls. I had all of these pads over the course of five years, used on different horses, then sold so they weren't sitting in my tack trunk taking up space.

          As for the need now, not so much saddle fit. Although it is just ever so slightly a hair too wide. I guess I've just always ridden in one so it feel weird not to!


          • #6
            Love my mattes pads.


            • #7
              Ah, ok. If you're looking for a half pad, no correction (and I'm assuming sheepskin here), definitely check out Engel pads. They're the ones who provide the sheepskin for the Thinline Sheepskin pad and I've been very impressed with the quality. You can find the sheepskin only pads for around $120 I believe.


              • #8
                I have a mattes and love it. I also have a saddle rite and beval therapeutic which have served well even if im not currently using them.


                • #9
                  Ogilvy half pads are incredible! You can get them in whatever colour you like, piping and embroidery. I have found they have helped both my and the horses' backs. They have a removable cover that you can wash.

                  a horseless canuck...


                  • #10
                    I have the saddle fitters Pro Lite pad.
                    It is shimmable in both the front and back and the shockabsorbency is excellent.

                    It also comes without shims, or shimmable in the middle for a saddle that bridges.
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                    • #11
                      Cottage Craft or Fleeceworks. Mattes are way too much bulk for me.


                      • #12
                        Another vote for mattes! I bought one for my old horse, but since my saddle fits my new horse really well, I only use it when riding other people's horses. I've had fleeceworks in the past that I liked, but my mattes pad seems a bit more sturdy, material-wise. If you want something cheaper but still nice, check out the Dover circuit half pads. They're only $80 and the one I had lasted a long time and was really soft too.


                        • #13
                          I really like my L'Apogee. So does my horse
                          I like mares. They remind me of myself: stubborn know-it-alls who only acknowledge you if you have food.
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                          • #14
                            I bought myself an Ecogold triple protection half pad and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I borrowed an Ogilvy before I bought the pad, and was impressed by it to, but really am happy that I decided on the Ecogold for myself. Both my horses are going better under this pad, despite the fact that their saddles truly fit well even without the pad. Both mares are softer and "swingier" through their backs on the flat and jumping fantastically! I notice the difference the most on those cold, raw days that I'm sure have their backs a bit tighter than usual - even on rotten days, my horses are happy!

                            Incredible customer service from Ecogold too! I called and emailed a few times while dithering over which pad I wanted, and John could not have been more pleasant, patient or helpful.

                            Editing to add that I also have a Mattes sheepskin halfpad (no shims), and rode both the mares in this before I bought the Ecogold pad. Although the Mattes pad is lovely, and I do think it offers some "coosh" for their backs, the difference with the Ecogold pad is truly noticeable.
                            Last edited by Small Change; Mar. 9, 2012, 05:45 PM.


                            • #15
                              I really like this one for if you are not trying to change saddle fit:


                              I have a shimmable Mattes pad too, but it has made my horse sore every time I have used it, regardless of which saddle I am using. He absolutely hates the Mattes. It seems to create pressure points for him just above his shoulder (even with no shims).

                              The pad I linked above is really, really, really thin. I was surprised at how thin it was at first, but it does provide a bit of impact cushioning and my horse loves it.


                              • #16
                                Mattes. As far as I know (please someone correct me if I am wrong) it is the only half pad with an open-channel design.


                                • #17
                                  Fleeceworks all the way!


                                  • #18
                                    I just "scored" a Mattes new (or used once) half pad at a consignment sale for $20. I was a happy shopper. I love it. Great quality.
                                    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                    ¯ Oscar Wilde


                                    • #19
                                      My Thinline saddle-fitter pad with the sheepskin is 5 years old now, and still looks brand new. I love being able to make minor fit adjustments without changing pads -- just opening up the velcro and switching the shims around. Holds up well, helps my horse's back.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Crazy-Pony View Post
                                        If you are looking for something a little less expensive, I personally love Exselle Half Pads. For $30, they are great for everyday use, when you want to just add some extra padding to your saddle. Be forewarned, though, they are small (21in x 20 1/2in long).

                                        I too was/am on the hunt for a new half pad to fit my new saddle. I had a fleeceworks and a mattes previously and really loved my mattes (never moved and always looked great). Anyway I purchased an Exselle half pad and for the price it was an amazing fit and I really liked it but I wanted something more cushiony so I purchased an Ogilvy half pad and used it for about 2 weeks in where my mare decided she HATED it My saddle is fit to her perfectly and I guess the ogilvy was just too much bulk. So the Ogivly pad is now for sale and I'll be going to buy a new excelle half pad because I sold my original one