Manufacturer: Impact Gel Equine (View all products by Impact Gel)
Model: Western Contour Pad 32" 3/4" thick (UPDATE) (View all Western Contour Pad reviews)
Category: Western Saddle Fittings/Pads
Purchase: Bought through local tack store for $139
Likes: This pad is very well made and finished, and is wearing well after almost 5 months. The company shipped very fast. I loved this pad, and so did my mare, for the first 90 days, but...
Dislikes: In the last month or so, my mare has become testy and more sensitive on her back, as well as being cinchy (which she has never been). I have noticed consistently that she has dry spots on both sides of her withers, and down her spine. She, and the saddle, have been evaluated by a vet, who agrees that she's sore, but cannot find clinical explanation. I haven't changed anything, so cannot blame a new saddle or other equipment. I think it's possible that the gel is shifting or gel and wool are becoming compressed. Her symptoms are similar to before I got this new pad. The pad and wool feels stiffer now than the nice, cushiony feel it had when it was brand new. I ride about 4-5 times weekly. To give some perspective on longevity, the horse is saddled for almost two hours if you count lunging, riding, showmanship practice, and chat time. That's only about 128 hours of actual use by my calculation. That's almost $1/hr for use. I am investigating other possible horse problems, but right now am thinking it's time for a new pad... again.
Quality: Longevity of the protective aspect of the actual gel is suspect, but the overall construction of the pad is great.
Summary: I'm demoting my previous rating to a 2+ At this time I cannot say I'm thrilled with this pad, but will post again if my opinion changes. This pad would be good for riders with limited saddle time..
Author: Trail 'n' Pattern Lover
Usefulness Rating: 2 out of 5.
7 reader(s) voted.
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