These are not made anymore. But because someone is looking for one I decided to pop up a post about them.
Back in 2012 or thereabouts Libra decided to introduce these. I can’t say for sure how popular they were so not certain how likely they are to come up for sale.
The idea was pretty simple. You have both a bareback pad and a saddle. The seat, pommel, cantle and stirrup plate were all removable and adjustable. You could therefore change from a 15″ to a 17″ and put the stirrups right for you. Perfect!
The downside was the velcro from the pommel in front of you. This was sometimes annoying and ended up with bits stuck to it, and your clothes might get pulled and bobbled on it.
I personally didn’t find the underside of these reliable in staying put without the treeless pad, as a saddle or a pad. At the time the underside was in development of some sort of cushioning panel that I believe meant you didn’t have to use an actual pad. But I say development because this added to my saddle instability on anything wide without one. The outer material was a slippery type of fleece and just didn’t work for us.
But I love the pre panel saddles, I would likely take out the cushioning if I saw one for sale and convert it to the original underside.
Its taken me a while to get round to do a review of this. Mainly because I only use in the Autumn/ Winter and because I had a second pad that also liked and wasnt sure which to keep.
This is the black Comfort Plus. It has the same non slip sympanova underside as the Original pad. This type is contoured to fit.
The upper of this pad is actually a patented, breathable, synthetic suede. It is bonded to high density polymer and the seat area has an overlay of tuck and roll short nap fleece. This is very nice to ride on and secure, it isn’t slippery as some the cheaper versions on the market.
The straps with leather reinforced billets attach to the patented non-slip breathable girth. This features stainless steel roller buckles. It is thicker than the Original Best Friend girth and comes with loops to tuck in into.
Some people ask me what the difference is between the Thinline and this pad. The main difference is the seat. Thinline has a textured material for more grip, but I find the Comfort secure.
If your horse didn’t get on with the sympanova, I know a few people who have popped a half pad underneath. You can secure to the d rings on the pad to keep it all secure.
If I must have one niggle it’s probably due to the shape of the horse. I do find that the girth being straight ends up angled. I start of fine but it moves. This doesn’t affect the fit and the horse doesn’t fuss- trust me I would know!
I can’t believe that I started the original blog ten years ago. (that’s why some of the font is different for those of you eagle-eyed)
I came to the WordPress platform three years ago, doesn’t time just vanish!!!
All I can say is thank you to everyone for their support. Those sending photos, writing reviews to be linked and added. Those reading and following.
This is a well-loved physio pad. It was black but I like the fading as it gives me an idea of what they look like brown. 🙂
This shape is the cheyenne and you can now purchase the physio pad in the following models – Cherokee, Barrydale, Arizona/Atlanta, Madrid/Nevada and London.
The cushion in the photo below comes with the physio pad as standard but it’s being sold individually as well. It’s sold as M or L and I haven’t a clue how you would determine this.
Barefoot now offer The Special pads. These come with a wool base as standard and offer you the option of adding inserts if required. A good step in the right direction. They are anatomically shaped, cut to fit that model of saddle, and have a split at the front to avoid pressure on the wither.
These pads can be used with the following models Size 0 Cheyenne black only. Size 1&2 Lexington, Cheyenne, Cherokee, Atlanta/Arizona, Nevada/Madrid, London (black) and Barrydale.
It looks like the non insert older pad style is no longer being produced.