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MNcanchaser7
Reg. Mar 2010
Posted 2014-03-03 10:08 PM
Subject: 5 Star VS.....


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I started a thread earlier looking for a quote on 5 Star pads... Just curious what you all use BESIDES 5 star... What would be your second choice for a saddle pad? Thanks!
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cheryl makofka
Reg. Jan 2011
Posted 2014-03-03 10:22 PM
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My first choice is csi, not sure after that. I have an old 5 star that I love, but do not find the quality the same in the new ones.

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aquinnell
Reg. Feb 2010
Posted 2014-03-03 10:38 PM
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I really like the way  my Saddleright pads work under all of my saddles.  I have had a lot more luck with them than with the 5stars.  I too have found the older ones better quality.  I just recently purchased a used 5star and used Slone pad package, and I like them both equally as back up pads.  The Saddlerights are always my go to pads.  I was using Wades for awhile, and while they are gorgeous pads, they are very stiff and sored up my horses 
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daisycake123
Reg. Dec 2006
Posted 2014-03-04 5:51 AM
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Classic equine biofit. Great pad my horse had a sore back from fusing hocks it quieted that down a bunch.
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blyellowrose
Reg. Nov 2009
Posted 2014-03-04 7:22 AM
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CYA Ranch
Reg. Feb 2008
Posted 2014-03-04 7:23 AM
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PaintedPrincess
Reg. Aug 2009
Posted 2014-03-04 8:22 AM
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aquinnell - 2014-03-03 11:38 PM

I really like the way Β my Saddleright pads work under all of my saddles. Β I have had a lot more luck with them than with the 5stars. Β I too have found the older ones better quality. Β I just recently purchased a used 5star and used Slone pad package, and I like them both equally as back up pads. Β The Saddlerights are always my go to pads. Β I was using Wades for awhile, and while they are gorgeous pads, they are very stiff and sored up my horsesΒ 

Love my saddle rights !
i felt like that was really money well spent, and have sold off almost all of my other pads.
noticed a difference in both my horses pretty quickly.
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wyoming barrel racer
Reg. Apr 2006
Posted 2014-03-04 8:23 AM
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a used 5 Star 
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barrelracr131
Reg. Aug 2011
Posted 2014-03-04 8:24 AM
Subject: RE: 5 Star VS.....


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Honestly I think the pad depends on your horse and the saddle you are using

I have (in no particular order)

A saddleright
a biofit
a 1" 5 star
a 1/2" 5 star
a tacky too
a professional's choice 20X air ride barrel pad

The only ones I hate are the tacky too and the prof choice, as they are both neoprene on the underside. I just don't care for the heat they produce.
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MNcanchaser7
Reg. Mar 2010
Posted 2014-03-04 9:19 AM
Subject: RE: 5 Star VS.....


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The mare I am looking for has been battling lymes disease, other tick diseases, extreme body soreness etc.
It was very hard to get her back under saddle, she was so sick. I bought a cute custom 5 star for her 3 years ago, which is what I still use on her. It has conformed to her back and is so soft, but color wise it has gotten really ugly, and my cowhide wears are ruined. I take really good care of it and have always clened it regularly, but it has seen some miles... With that said, I'm hesitant to put any kind of "hard"' pad on her. I ride her in a Cactus CJ and she adores it. I went from a Pozzi to CJ and it also solved lots of her back pain issues. I had an Ed wright pad for many years 5+, but it became extremely hard over time, even with lots of care, I'd be afraid to spend the money and have that happen again. I've had 2 Tod Slones and thought they were right up there with the quality of a 5 star, not as soft, but not bad.. I also have used a CE ESP and while the pad itself was great quality, I hated the way it held heat, sweat, and dirt. I am trying to stay under $200, and the only pad that I have found so far to do that is a Cactus wool pad, Ed wright, and ESP.

Edited by MNcanchaser7 2014-03-04 10:01 AM
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MNcanchaser7
Reg. Mar 2010
Posted 2014-03-04 9:21 AM
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wyoming barrel racer - 2014-03-04 8:23 AM

a used 5 StarΒ 

I wish I could find one
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MNcanchaser7
Reg. Mar 2010
Posted 2014-03-04 9:23 AM
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aquinnell - 2014-03-03 10:38 PM

I really like the way Β my Saddleright pads work under all of my saddles. Β I have had a lot more luck with them than with the 5stars. Β I too have found the older ones better quality. Β I just recently purchased a used 5star and used Slone pad package, and I like them both equally as back up pads. Β The Saddlerights are always my go to pads. Β I was using Wades for awhile, and while they are gorgeous pads, they are very stiff and sored up my horsesΒ 

Saddlerites are really expensive though aren't they? I've never really looked into them... I was surprised to see Tod Slones cost as much as 5 stars, I remember them being the "cheap" alternative last time I bought one.
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Ctrygirl14
Reg. Jun 2012
Posted 2014-03-04 9:27 AM
Subject: RE: 5 Star VS.....



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I use a Diamond Wool Pressure Relief pad on my gelding and I recently just ordered a Cutter Classic Saddle Blanket. The reviews on them are great but I haven't used one yet.
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flyhperformancehorse
Reg. Mar 2007
Posted 2014-03-04 9:32 AM
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I've used it all! I even jumped on the Wade pad bandwagon, $630 later I had two wades! Used them for a year, my gelding who never gets sore was so sore over his back by July, he had to have the rest of the season off. I tried to figured what I did differently and it was the pad. I put my 5 star back on him and wham, my saddle fit better, he was more comfortable and the next year he ran the entire season tough without getting sore. So sold the wades.

I have in my tackroom:

5 Star 3/4"
5 Star 7/8"
5 Star 1"
CE biofit 3/4"
Best Ever 1"

I really need a 1/2" pad here soon
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Southtxponygirl
Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2014-03-04 9:51 AM
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I cant think of any other pad to compare with the 5 Star, I have had gel pads and other different ones but since I started useing the 5 Stars I really dont need to try anything else cause I am really happy with the 5 Stars. Wool pads are the best thing to use on your horses  
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sassy&tessa
Reg. Jul 2008
Posted 2014-03-04 9:55 AM
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As I said on the other thread, Bayou West Lynn Mckenzie. They are actually my first choice and I have had my 5 star for probably 5 years now.

But like I also said on the other thread, I think it is important to know what you are trying to accomplish with the pad, what kind of saddle you have, and what kind of horse you have.  I think that all should factor into your decision. 

eta:  I had a couple of oxbows too but I was having saddle fit issues and those pads weren't helping.  BUT, I really liked them.  In fact, I may go buy another one in a bit when I know we have saddle situations done with.


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CE's wrapn3
Reg. Jul 2009
Posted 2014-03-04 9:56 AM
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SaraJean
Reg. Dec 2006
Posted 2014-03-04 10:05 AM
Subject: RE: 5 Star VS.....


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5 Star is my number 1 choice, which would be why there is 6 in my barn! If I had to go with something else it would probably be another Tod Slone, I've got one old one that I've rode the tar out of & it's held up great. 
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whohasaplan
Reg. Sep 2004
Posted 2014-03-04 11:00 AM
Subject: RE: 5 Star VS.....



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I have a Wade- it is hard. I have had Saddlerights and liked them but hands down the 5stars I have had are the best. Love mine!
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Longneck
Reg. Mar 2004
Posted 2014-03-04 11:18 AM
Subject: RE: 5 Star VS.....


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I'm only using 5 Stars right now (my old pad was a neo CE and it's worn out... and I won't use a neo pad again) so I can't suggest anything else.

If you're hesitant on the price try looking at Craigslist.

I was browsing CL the other day and I happened upon a 30x28 1" for $150 with about 3 months use.  I checked 5Stars website and those retail around $300 so I nabbed it up fast. 
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