Manufacturer: Showman (View all products by Showman Saddlery)
Model: # TWR953 Trainer's Wither Relief Contoured Saddle Pad (View all # TWR953 Trainer's Wither Relief Contoured Saddle Pad reviews)
Category: Western Saddle Fittings/Pads
Purchase: I ordered the saddle pad online from Chick's Discount Saddlery and paid $80. My horse has high withers and I hoped it would help alleviate his sore back.
Likes: Thick wool pad with foam cushion and neoprene backing
Dislikes: 1. Cheap leather that is cracking and tearing. 2. No manufacturer warranty
Quality: Cheap leather that looks and feels more like naugahyde than leather. The leather piece holding the two halves of the blanket together that fits over my horse's back is cracking and tearing after only 9 months and very little ride-time.
Summary: I purchased a Showman Trainers Wither Relief Contoured Saddle pad 9-months ago and will never purchase another Showman product. When I received the pad I was a little disappointed because the leather did not look or feel like genuine leather but more like naugahyde. Despite the leather, I initially loved the pad but after only 9 months and very little riding time, the leather is cracking and tearing in the fold that fits over my horse's back. I purchased the pad online from Chick's Saddlery and they tell me there is no manufacturer warranty and although Chick's stands behind the products they sell, this is normal wear and tear and they can do nothing about it. No one would spend $80 on a saddle pad and expect to get less than one year's use out of it! I searched the internet for the manufacturer and it is a company out of India but I wasn't able to find any other information on them, such as their warranty policies or customer service. I will not be purchasing any more Showman junk and I will no longer be doing business with Chick's Saddlery.
Usefulness Rating: 2.6 out of 5.
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