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.
These are Barefoot Shims- the pale colour. I actually bought two and cut one in half. The thinking behind that, I was only needing to support the front and I didn’t need the lift the whole saddle. If that idea failed I had a spare set! It worked.
Now I am not suggesting everyone goes and cuts these in half. However the cost of buying an insert specifically for the front or back can cost the same as the whole pad, it was just an idea. Up to you if you trial and error that idea.
The black is rubber and I do not recall who this is by, it could be the Barefoot rubber but it arrived that short so it might even be a rear lift. ( if you turn them over they fit the front, a temporary solution)
What do you guys use let me know. Do you make your own, if yes where from. I could add to the links for others.
It looks as if this pad is available in a variety of colours.
My favourite was always the blue but it now comes in six colours. The company stocking looks to be based in France, (link provided) but please see if this can be sourced if you do not wish to import.
These are useful should you wish to change your set up. You can convert either way, English to western or Western to English. Usually these retail at about £30 and can be located directly from Cashel or various worldwide stockists.
I came across this company in Australia. Natural Horse World
They stock girth converters to allow you to change the western fitting to English fittings. This can work with any bareback pad. Up until now I had only discovered Cashel. I will be adding this to the useful links.
I have the original black with the reflective closure.
They have introduced a reflective pair that shines up in-car headlights. Ideally I don’t plan to be out riding if it’s that dark but on dull days the light grey will show up better than my current black, in combination with the other hi viz garments.
The weather is so changeable in an hour this will be a good addition to your wardrobe. These are great if you are likely to get caught in a light shower and as they are wind proof it keeps your legs that bit warmer.
Available from Amazon and some ebay sellers.
I bought this to try as I have had great products from Kavalkade before.
This dressage girth is available from 20″ up to 34″, available black. Small d ring at the front to clip any training aids onto to. Plus a small removable strap if you haven’t got the clip attachment.
The memory foam aspect is great as it really moulds to the shape of your horse. Non slip but soft and flexible.
Elasticated at both ends and as a rule I personally don’t like this set up on a treeless saddle. I much prefer the central elastic if I am going to opt for it.
Well thought out keeper positioning. There is also a pocket to place the ends into.
I did try this girth partially over the winter. In order to do a full review I actually need a smaller size. But, what I did note was how well made the product is. On that basis I do want to source a smaller one.
Does anyone have one in a 28″ /30″. I would like to be able to try one.
Also looking for reviews of this product and / or any photos.
I think these types of girth are a bit like marmite. You either love them and have no issues or you don’t like them, have issues.
I tried the Busse dressage synthetic string girth. If anyone has a Stubben one, and can tell if Busse is a cheaper version, please email or leave a comment.
My riding instructor doesn’t like them. My horse started out fine but changed her mind. I rode in the synthetic version for all of one month and found jumping it allowed the saddle to move where my other one doesn’t.
It didn’t keep my saddle as secure as my previous girth for hacking. I found it allowed it to move ever so slightly. On a wide type that’s not ideal.
As a product it was well made. Nice width, keepers. Easy to clean. Just not suitable for our needs.