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Thinline Pads - Truly Yay or Nay?

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  • Thinline Pads - Truly Yay or Nay?

    Thinking about getting a Thinline pad. Heard so much about them. I am one who suffers from back pain; my horse has in the past but we are very careful with him. Question is do they work? And which one is best? I have a completely custom saddle for my guy. TIA

  • #2
    I don't pretend to know HOW it works... but I will tell you that using my ultra thinline pad daily eliminated the pretty significant back pain I developed riding over the winter. Nothing else in the program changed... so I attribute the difference to the pad. I now use it every ride and am a total believer.
    We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.


    • #3
      Truly Yay
      The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


      • #4
        Abso-Poso-Lutely YEAH! I have a comfort pad (figure their back can use a bit of extra cushion when my curvy self lands a tad more harshly than I should) and DD uses a regular UTL pad. Every ride.
        A proud friend of bar.ka.


        • #5
          Love mine, too.


          • #6
            don't love mine. Sorry. It always makes me saddle slide back, and I don't feel like it helps my butt or his back at all, but that probably is just me because seriously everyone I know loves them. But me, I like my sheepskin half pads.


            • #7
              I have the trifecta (sheepskin halfpad with thinline on top) and really really love it. The shim system is a big plus, as well.


              • #8
                Big yay.
                Rest in peace Claudius, we will miss you.


                • #9
                  There is some sort of magic at work.
                  No explanation, but they're great.
                  "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                  ...just settin' on the Group W bench.


                  • Original Poster

                    Well, exciting to hear.

                    Ok, so is the ultra the ideal considering I don't use anything but a baby pad usually. Half or contour? Do they fit up to a 17.5 saddle?


                    • #11
                      they fit my 17 inch fine with the half.


                      • #12
                        Ditto what everyone else said; I generally don't buy into this sort of thing, but starting last September, I began experiencing pretty bad back pain. I dealt with it until Jan or Feb, then I was able to pick up an Ultra ThinLine really cheap... figured couldn't hurt, might help.

                        I never really noticed that it "helped" until I stopped using it early last month when I was at a horse show (I was showing without any saddle pad, so trying to use my white ThinLine was really obvious)... I was okay for a while, but the back pain came back. I am a believer (out of a skeptic).

                        I would get a contour pad for a 17.5 saddle - my half pad is not long enough to fit under my friend's 17.5 saddle (I ride in a 17).
                        If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
                        Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous


                        • #13
                          Love, love Thinline, much to my surprize.

                          For ME, allowed me to sit the canter like *buttah* for the first time in a loooong time without pain.

                          For pony, thinline over sheepskin and His Princeness and the Pea is blissful. No thinline, just sheepskin, you can feel a difference. It's subtle if you don't know him, but my teacher can tell, and I can definitely feel it.

                          I can't afford the all-in-one half-pad, So I just put the shims and inserts on my half-pads with double-sided carpet tape (he needed shims behind to when he was muscling up, and this was ideal.)

                          I was really skeptical, but the damn thing worked. Who knew.
                          InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

                          Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


                          • #14
                            I have an ultra thin line. I'm not sure what it does, but it is magic. Just magic. Never ride without it.


                            • #15
                              Ultra Thinline. BIG thumbs up!

                              Aca-Believe it!!


                              • #16
                                I've already weighed in many times with my "Big yay for me and my lower back, my horse doesn't care either way."

                                The half pad will fit up to a 17.5" saddle. For an 18" saddle you want to step up to the contour pad.

                                Re: Thinline v. Ultra Thinline, it's personal preference. The difference in thickness between the two is *one sixteenth of an inch*. Personally I prefer Thinline--more shock absorption = my back is happier.

                                Thinline recommends that riders over 170 lbs. use either Thinline or Ultra Thinline + Sheepskin.
                                Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog http://www.thesaddlegeek.com/


                                • #17
                                  I would chose the ultra as well. For some reason it seems to work a bit better. I have both and use the thinline on my young horse and the ultra on my more experienced horses. I prefer the trifectas, ultra with just cotton underneath. the sheepskin is too thick for me. I like to be close to my horse.

                                  this stuff works so well I dont think your weight will make that much of a difference.

                                  vote for ULTRA!


                                  • #18
                                    I have one. It's BS in my opinion.
                                    Originally posted by barka.lounger
                                    u get big old crop and bust that nags ass the next time it even slow down.

                                    we see u in gp ring in no time.


                                    • #19
                                      Big Yay. I have the Ultra contour for my 18" saddle and love it. I don't use it for shows but for hacking it has eliminated my back pain. My horse gives me the stink eye if I don't put it on her. She's so much softer/happier with the Thinline.


                                      • Original Poster

                                        It seems that most people feel there is something to these pads. Interesting. I certainly feel it is worth the investment. I will try the ultra contour since my saddle is 17.5 (not worried about the weight issue since I am about 125 or so; just tall.) Thanks for all the feedback!