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  • Good shock-absorbing half pad?

    My saddle fits my pony well, but I like to use a half pad to cushion his back to keep him happy, comfortable, and to prevent soreness. I can't afford a ThinLine or one of the numerous $85+ gel pads on the market. I have a Mattes pad for my dressage saddle, and while I tried it on and it fit nicely under my close contact saddle, I CAN NOT get the girth to even go on the first hole of the billets with it. Granted, the saddle's a fairly new Ovation Competition ShowJumper and not really even broken in yet, but that's going to take a while.

    So, what do you think would be a good, inexpensive ($50 or less, and the lower, the better) NON-bulky half pad to use?
    I use usually ride with square quilted pads; I'm not fond of the saddle-shaped fleece pads and refuse to own one. Or do you think I should just go ahead and use the Mattes with a girth extender? I have one already that I bought for a different horse I rode a few months ago.

    With the girth extender: it is all leather, no elastic. My girth is a Lettia CoolMax (also fairly new, so the elastic hasn't stretched yet). This might be a stupid question, but is it okay to use that type of extender with the type of girth I have?

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    ultra thin line half pad with the grand prix sheepskin gel pad. this is what all my horses are schooled in.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by SunshineSummertime View Post
      ultra thin line half pad with the grand prix sheepskin gel pad. this is what all my horses are schooled in.
      OP specifically stated she cannot afford a Thin Line pad. And the Grand Prix sheepskin gel pad is also out of her price range, she is looking to spend $50 or less.

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      • #4
        You wont find anything new in that range, that is good quality. Plus if your saddle fits no need to add all that crap under it. Just more reason for him to sweat in the coming summer.

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        • #5
          Check on eBay. They often have used stuff. I am a ThinLine fan myself. DD rides in the regualr one over her square pad at home. I use the comfort pad over a square pad.
          A proud friend of bar.ka.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Hunter Mom View Post
            Check on eBay. They often have used stuff. I am a ThinLine fan myself. DD rides in the regualr one over her square pad at home. I use the comfort pad over a square pad.
            I agree to check on eBay for used Thinline's or save up. I love my Thinline Trifecta half pad. I use it on every horse I ride and is very durable. Its been worth every penny.

            http://www.smartpakequine.com/Produc...ctclassid=6925
            Owned by an Oldenburg

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mimi La Rue View Post
              I agree to check on eBay for used Thinline's or save up. I love my Thinline Trifecta half pad. I use it on every horse I ride and is very durable. Its been worth every penny.

              http://www.smartpakequine.com/Produc...ctclassid=6925

              Does the Trifecta have shims?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tegan View Post
                Does the Trifecta have shims?
                Yep, it's shimmable.

                Although I did try putting shims in mine and it was a big PITA.
                Owned by an Oldenburg

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                • #9
                  I agree with saving up or trying to find a used thinline pad. I see them once in a while on Ebay or in one of the various BB classifieds. You could also place a wanted ad on those sites and see if you get lucky.

                  I've never found anything that works nearly as well and love the fact that the pads don't alter the fit of the saddle. My previously significant back pain has almost disappeared since I started using an (ultra) thinline on my horse, and I can only imagine it makes him just as comfortable. It's worth the $$$.
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                  • #10
                    Dover sells a thick fuzzy half pad that is like $19.99. It is bulky and probably doesn't do MUCH, but if you absolutely must put something under there, it'll do the job. SmartPak has one that looks a little thinner, with nicer fleece, for the same price.

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                    • #11
                      Look for Thinline at horse expos and shows -- They almost always have a discount bin -- I've gotten bargains on a Thinline contour ($40) and an Ultra Thinline half pad ($37.50) --

                      I would really love to find a bargain on their sheepskin show pad http://thinlineglobal.com/store/cart...ct_detail&p=84 -- Anybody seen a sale?

                      OP, if you could stretch your budget a bit, the Thinline half pad is an option -- Their site has MSRP listed as $78 -- I know several tack shops in my area occassionally offer 20% off coupons -- That would bring it down to $62.40 + tax --
                      "I never mind if an adult uses safety stirrups." GM

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                      • #12
                        just saw this too http://www.statelinetack.com/item/ex...pad/SLT901314/

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                        • #13
                          there is a used one on ebay. The auction ends tomorrow morning.

                          http://cgi.ebay.com/Thinline-Saddle-...#ht_500wt_1060

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by stockhorselady View Post
                            You wont find anything new in that range, that is good quality. Plus if your saddle fits no need to add all that crap under it. Just more reason for him to sweat in the coming summer.
                            A saddle may fit perfectly to the horse and rider, but that doesn't mean that the horse still can't get sore. When it comes down to it I'd rather have my horse sweat more and be comfortable then dry and in pain.

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