Model: Endurance Saddle Pad
Category: Western Saddle Fittings/Pads
Purchase: I had a new saddle made and wanted a new, better saddle pad to try to be the best that I could for my horse and myself. It was time to upgrade all the way around. I wanted something far better than I could find in the corner of a local tack store. I researched on-line for over a month studying and comparing and finally decided on the Equipedic endurance model saddle pad in the green for my horse. My saddle doesn't have skirts - so I needed comfort, not bulk. I decided to order directly from the site. There was (and still is) a $20 off incentive for ordering. I paid $229 for the pad. You can get this pad from a few other sites for just a smidgen little less $$ - but they have a 28 day return policy and I figured "just in case" I'd rather deal directly with the company.
Likes: I liked the color, construction, materials, fit and just everything about this pad. The foam inserts are a little strange at first, but work wonderfully. They get hard when they're cold, but body heat activates them quickly. It's an entirely different concept, so you've got to give it a chance. The Endurance Pad has a 1" foam insert but it compresses accordingly so it is NOT like you're perched on top of the horse as with regular, in my opinion, pads that are too thick. It fit my horse and saddle very well, making an already wonderful fit even better. My horse seemed to like the pad and I had no problems at all with how she acted and moved with it. She was relaxed and "told" me it felt great. Plus.. it looked fantastic. When I'd remove the saddle and the pad - for a a short time, before the "foam" went back to it's original shape - it was warm and completely conformed to the shape of my horse and the saddle. Really neat! It has properties in the wool-felt bottom that assist with managing heat/cool on the horse and restoring oxygen to the back. You can read all about it on equipedic.com
Dislikes: Sadly, I had to return the pad. It slipped. The person at Equipedic worked with me with suggestions, but to no avail. I bought a shorter girth, which did help a bit. I trail ride, and if I can't get on my horse from the ground due to the saddle slipping, I can't use it. Many people at the barn where I board can't use a felt bottom pad. Some can, some can't, period. My old neoprene pad didn't slip. I could get on and off from the ground, no problem. With the Equipedic pad, I had to tighten the girth so ridiculously tight to be able to get on the horse, it simply wasn't the answer. When I put my old neoprene pad on my horse - it was much looser and no slipping when I got on. I don't think the pad has a problem - I think the combination of my horse, my saddle and the Equipedic pad didn't work.
Quality: Absolutely first rate quality. The materials used, the construction, the workmanship - everything about this pad is top-notch and made to last. You can remove the inserts and then wash the pad. So, no more dusty, dirty - you can only brush a pad not really clean it - problems. I can tell that this pad would continue to look new and be able to be kept clean for as long as I had it. It also did not "attract" hair and dust making it cleaner from the start. The inserts are washed differently - directions are on the site. I had the dark green and the color is beautiful. Now that I've seen the green in person, I know their other colors would be just as brilliant and beautiful.
Summary: Truly a unique pad to provide the best possible combination of comfort and durability to both the horse and rider. But in my opinion, which is all this is after all... if you can't use a felt pad on your horse, because you have slippage problems when mounting hour horse, this pad probably won't work. If you have to use neoprene pads, due to slippage, you'll probably have to stay with a neoprene pad. And I mean slipping so bad that you can't get on the horse. Over - girthing is not a solution to this problem. I had to buy another type of neoprene pad. And I'm NOT talking the extreme of that Tacky-Too fly paper sticky stuff that's out there!!! I'm talking just regular, soft neoprene. Equipedic pads are top notch all the way around. Just because the felt bottom didn't work on my horse, doesn't change my opinion of them at all, so I'm giving it a 5.
Author: Nancy and "Grace"
Usefulness Rating: 3.375 out of 5.
8 reader(s) voted.
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