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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Gel Pads - Who uses them, what are your views and which ones do you use/like?

My Osteopath got me thinking a few weeks ago (he does horses and people) and said a lot of his clients use gel pads now, not because their saddles dont fit, just becuase they add comfort and they have been really impressed with how their way of going has improved as  result.

 

I mentioned this to the lady who keeps her ponies with Coco now and she offered me hers to try out for a couple of weeks to see what I thought. Due the rain I've not had chance to really push Coco in it in a schooling session but out hacking he seems to be going well in it but I guess the real test will be schooling and dressage as that is when he can get lazy. I know his saddle fits as I have it regularly checked and he wasn't having problems before I am literally trying it to see if it makes a difference but if it adds comfort I'm all for getting one for him.

 

Just wondered really if anyone on here uses them, why you started to use it, which one you use and if you know which ones are best? Also do you use saddle cloths underneath them? The one I am borrowing is a Gel-eze I think, black and  is just over a cm thick. I am using a very thin saddle cloth underneath it as its not mine so want to keep it clean and I doubt they are machine washable! I like it but cant seem to find one like on websites so it may be quite old and no longer available.

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melxvengeance

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Re: Gel Pads - Who uses them, what are your views and which ones do you use/like?

i don't use them on any of mine but have heard lots of good reviews about the Stephens sheepskin half pads with the gel insets on the pressure points at the front and the back of the saddle

Norwegian Fjords - the golden horses with the golden hearts. Minty, Loki, Teiko, Willow, Cherry & Charlie - my lovely ponies :)

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pippixox

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pippixox says:

Re: Gel Pads - Who uses them, what are your views and which ones do you use/like?

i dont use gel pads, i use a sheepskin half pad though on my boy who has a sensitive back, with just a thin saddle cloth underneath to keep it clean, have had it for years and its keep its thickness really well.

my horses are my medicine, without them im even more crazy!

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jenhavocmanny

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Re: Gel Pads - Who uses them, what are your views and which ones do you use/like?

i use a Stephens gel eze pad, underneath a saddlecloth, next to the skin. I like that it's really slim so doesnt add bulk or change the fit of the saddle. 

It helps stop saddle slipping,and I think kind of  massages back too? My horse is cold backed, Thats why I use one, and  it definately makes him better.

 

To wash I just bung in washing machine, and comes out lovely and sticky again! Only dont drop it on the floor as every bit of grit available sticks to it!

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showjumpinglover

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Re: Gel Pads - Who uses them, what are your views and which ones do you use/like?

 I use the gel-eze gel pad, I started using it 2 yrs ago because my cob needed extra comfort as he had a bad back, it's helped him so much I even got another one for my Connie just for more comfort in general 

I definitely recommend it for comfort ! 

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rhapsody

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rhapsody says:

Re: Gel Pads - Who uses them, what are your views and which ones do you use/like?

I have the Stephens one Mel is talking about, I got it as a gift and I use it for Blair just when he's jumping to absorb any concussion on his back if there's a dodgy landing.  I was given it as a present and want to keep it good, if they were cheaper I'd use it more often lol!  For everyday use I have a sheepskin half pad (Griffin) and I don't think I'd ride Blair without something like that as he does get a bit sensitive and likes his tack a certain way, otherwise you get ragdolled.

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annabelleh26

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annabelleh26 says:

Re: Gel Pads - Who uses them, what are your views and which ones do you use/like?

i use an equigel one, or something like that. Find it very useful, use it every day on top of an ordinary numnah. I just find it makes Joel more comfortable and just absorbs some of the pressure for him :)

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Rosebudd

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Re: Gel Pads - Who uses them, what are your views and which ones do you use/like?

 iv got a gel-eeze, its non slip too, and is all holey (the only way i can describe it) so it can go straight on her back (breathable) I put a numnah/pad on top, iv also worn used it on top of pads too. I do think they're useful to have and gives me piece of mind as its non slip too, so i dont worry going down hill (flick is a bit rotund sometimes) ... well worth owning one, for shock absorbing, comfort etc.. 

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showjumpinglover

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Re: Gel Pads - Who uses them, what are your views and which ones do you use/like?

Rosebudd said:

 iv got a gel-eeze, its non slip too, and is all holey (the only way i can describe it) so it can go straight on her back (breathable) I put a numnah/pad on top, iv also worn used it on top of pads too. I do think they're useful to have and gives me piece of mind as its non slip too, so i dont worry going down hill (flick is a bit rotund sometimes) ... well worth owning one, for shock absorbing, comfort etc.. 

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Myra that's the one I use and most of the same reasons 

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