Specialized saddles and fur bareback pads

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Has anyone ever purchased one of these saddles or know someone who has? I'm very interested but I'd like to hear from other customers rather than a sales person if possible.


 

newforest

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I had the Austrian version of The Christ pad on my previous pony, loved it but it was too small for me.
I did treat myself to the Christ pad and the current lass hated it, so sold that.

We now have a best friend comfort plus and I love it. If her girth won't do up that's what we will be reaching for /use for wet weather.
I would look at what you want it for. What weather you plan you use and how much maintenance you want to do. My current pad is a roll up and shove in the machine. It says you can with the fur but I wouldn't fancy testing that theory.

@Bodshi has a Christ.
 
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I do indeed have a Christ and I love it. I often ride in it when I'm just going for a relaxed mooch, I find it comfier than the saddle and feel very secure due to the large thigh/knee rolls. I have a better position cantering in it than I do in the saddle. it's cheating to call it a bareback pad, it's nothing like riding bareback. It has attachments for stirrups but I've never used stirrups with it as I understand this can cause huge issues due to the pressure points.

BTW @newforest I have washed my (lambskin) Christ in the washing machine on a gentle wash and it comes out fine. Shove it in the tumble drier to fluff it up too (got that tip off H&H!)

@newforest has a good point though - you wouldn't want to ride in the Christ in the rain, unless you wanted to end up with a very soggy bum and a cold squelchy woolly pad on your horse's back! However, riding in the cold is fabulous in the Christ.
 
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I had the Austrian version of The Christ pad on my previous pony, loved it but it was too small for me.
I did treat myself to the Christ pad and the current lass hated it, so sold that.

We now have a best friend comfort plus and I love it. If her girth won't do up that's what we will be reaching for /use for wet weather.
I would look at what you want it for.
Fantastic. When you say too small, is it something about their sizes? Do Christ pads run small or something? What did your current lass hate about the Christ pad you treated yourself to?

Oh! That's good to hear. I was originally looking at a best friend comfort plus but I don't know anyone who has one and I was a little turned off due to the price. I'm going to order one.

When it comes to tack I only care about my horses being comfortable and looking great, a lot of maintenance doesn't bother me. That's why the Christ pads really caught my eye, they look luxurious and have different styles. I like the idea of having a obviously western style pad when I don't need/want to fully tack up my mare that I keep in western tack. Same goes for my mares that I keep in English tack. šŸ„°

Yes, if you haven't already figured it out I am one of those equestrians that buys her tack to match but its really just to help me stay organized. šŸ¤£
 
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I do indeed have a Christ and I love it. I often ride in it when I'm just going for a relaxed mooch, I find it comfier than the saddle and feel very secure due to the large thigh/knee rolls. I have a better position cantering in it than I do in the saddle. it's cheating to call it a bareback pad, it's nothing like riding bareback.

BTW @newforest I have washed my (lambskin) Christ in the washing machine on a gentle wash and it comes out fine. Shove it in the tumble drier to fluff it up too (got that tip off H&H!)

@newforest has a good point though - you wouldn't want to ride in the Christ in the rain, unless you wanted to end up with a very soggy bum and a cold squelchy woolly pad on your horse's back! However, riding in the cold is fabulous in the Christ.
That is great to hear that Christ pads are comfy to ride in and can be washed.
 

newforest

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I had this pad that was too small, I needed the adult size but the child size came up for sale.

Current lass hates wool and I didn't know that then but I found out.

My comfort plus pad was second hand, keep your eye on ebay.
Already done a review.
 
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I adored my Christ pad. Unfortunately my pony hated it, and I ended up selling it.

I wish I had kept it for my new boy.
 
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I adored my Christ pad. Unfortunately my pony hated it, and I ended up selling it.

I wish I had kept it for my new boy.
Oh ok. You're the second person to mention having a horse that didn't like it. Was it the fit or the fur?

I'm very curious because aside from comfort it never occurred to me that a horse may not like the feel of the lamb's wool.
 

Jane&Ziggy

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Oh ok. You're the second person to mention having a horse that didn't like it. Was it the fit or the fur?

I'm very curious because aside from comfort it never occurred to me that a horse may not like the feel of the lamb's wool.
I think it must have been the fit, or the way I sat on it, because Ziggy always liked his lambskin half-pads under his saddle. He didn't mind me riding bareback, but he was sluggish and resentful in the Christ pad and as a result I didn't feel secure. Such a shame, it was the most comfortable thing I ever sat on.
 
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newforest

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If mine didn't like the gel of something you know about it. She's always been upfront.

I don't wear anything that's not comfortable, neither will she.
She likes a sympanova base, and if you ask, there will be people who say theirs hates that.
 
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