Manufacturer: CSI Saddle Pad (View all products by CSI Saddle Pads)
Model: Standard Western Cut (View all Standard Western Cut reviews)
Category: Western Saddle Fittings/Pads
Purchase: I purchased this product online directly from CSI in April, 2012 after doing extensive research on orthopedic-type saddle pads. I paid $350 with shims.
Likes: I love what this pad has done for my horse! I got this pad in order to use my Clinton Anderson saddle with a horse that has severe shoulder atrophy. My horse had been laid up off and on for four years, and when I finally started riding her I realized that a standard Western saddle would not fit her. I did not want to get a narrow saddle because with work I thought her topline would improve. I spoke with the Donna at CSI about my situation. I sent photos of my horse and she assured me that her pad would help solve the problem of poor saddle fit. I was skeptical, but she assured me that the pad had a money back guarantee so I had nothing to lose. It took several rides for me to get the pad broken in and the fit right. I accomplished this by using the two different shims I had ordered for her different degrees of shoulder atrophy. Now she is comfortable and willing to move out more. She is also holding her canter leads more consistently. Her sweat pattern is beautiful and I couldn't be more pleased.
Dislikes: Honestly there is nothing I don't like about the saddle pad. It did take several tries to position the pad correctly on my horse's back, but once I figured it out it became very easy to saddle her up.
Quality: I got the brown saddle pad with the 1 inch felt liner. It is beautifully constructed and seems quite durable. The brown color is rich and compliments my saddle. So far it has been easy to keep clean, and does not seem to develop a stale or musty odor, despite almost daily use.
Summary: I love my CSI pad. It is worth every cent! It is a quality product. I am happy with it, my horse is happy with it and I would not hesitate to buy it again. My horse's top line has already improved in just a few weeks!
Usefulness Rating: 3.58333 out of 5.
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