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  1. #1
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    Default Saddle pad with cutout spine??

    I've seen these but I don't know the brand. I'd like a half pad to raise up my saddle a little on one of my horses and leave the spine and withers unpinched. It's a young growing horse who doesn't have muscle on his top line yet. Suggestions please.
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    I have two half pads w/ wither relief cut-outs from Equine Comfort Products that I really like:
    http://www.smartpakequine.com/equine...x?cm_vc=Search

    The sheepskin has held up great (I even machine-wash mine - have many, many times) and my gelding reacts positively to it being right on his back.

    Oddly, the ones I have are the same but fit slightly differently. However, I bought them at different times (at least a year+ apart), so it's probably just a change in manufacturing. My white/cream one seems a bit thinner than the black one - but both serve the same purpose just fine & he doesn't seem to act differently.

    They are great!



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    Mattes!

    Note unless you have a crazy forward flap, the AP is likely the best fit for a jump saddle.

    I had a Fleeceworks wither relief pad but didn't like it because it's rolled all the way around - even under the flap!!

    Mattes is the way to go. It's shaped to come up off the withers and there's no sheepskin in the spine. My mare seems to appreciate it much more than the prior pads I used!

    I also like the BR pads but those are mainly in Europe.
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    I second Mattes! I have a horse that is super sensitive with his spine. I have a Mattes half pad and it does wonders, you can definitely tell when its not used! They are quite pricey than others but are made of great quality and last long!
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    Thanks - I ordered a Mattes half pad with shims.
    You don't scare me. I ride a MARE!



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