I'm just going to lay it out there...I was "hesitant" to try this pad. Journey has a very finicky top-side and is seriously prone to heat bumps. We have had some pad disasters and I've been using a wool fleece pad for several years mostly successfully, but a long ride can still produce a few bumps from the heat. The people at Crest Ridge Saddlery are really nice folks, but a review is not a review unless it is honest, right? I don't like upsetting people, and I feel that my readers need the truth, and Journey has issues that could make this particular product go all kinds of "wonky." The other reason I waited was the pad was so darned pretty, and Journey can be like a pig rooting around in the mud. I in fact had to power hose her in order to lay it on her back, she was filthy.
Here is the description that Crest Ridge gave for the pad on their website:
"Our saddle pads are made from F11 grade industrial pressed wool -
a 100% natural product that will wick moisture and heat away from your
horse keeping you horse more comfortable while reducing saddle movement.
These custom made pads feature a cut-out
to provide additional clearance over the spine and are only available
from Crest Ridge Saddlery. The Crest Ridge
Saddle Pad is durable, designed to last for 2,000 hours of hard riding.
If you are riding 5-hours a week, this pad will last over 7 years. The
Crest Ridge Saddle Pad is likely the last pad you will have to purchase
for your horse or mule."
The pads come in 1/2 inch thickness, 3/4 inch, and 1 inch, in black as well as a soft gray (very pretty).
So back to my finally using it.
It is rather humid out today, and Journey was over whatever funky thing has befallen her over the weekend. So I wanted to ride. She had been idle for almost a week and was full of snort and go. The creek had flooded so we had no choice but to go out on the hilly part of the trail. Journey was cranking along pretty darned good and sweating plenty.
Speaking of sweat, the claim is that these pads after a few uses conform to the shape of your horse's back. It is like how a felt hat is steamed and shaped, the hot sweat from the back rises into the pad, and shapes it as it is vented on out. I'll update that part at a later date.
So we did a snappy hour and a half ride and came back and with morbid curiosity (and dread) I pulled the saddle, to see what we had.
So I pulled the pad.
Crest Ridge Saddlery and check them out!
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