Thursday, May 21, 2015

Calling All Ogilvy Lovers

I'm curious to hear about your ogilvy half pad. I see them all over and I'm considering looking for one....

1) What thickness do you have (1 or 1 1/4)? Have you used shims with it?

2) What's the difference between the dressage and jumping pad?

3) Do you like it? Would you buy it again?

4) If you don't have an ogilvy but you have some other half pad, what do you have?

13 comments:

  1. I have a 1" jumper one with front shims that I actually use with my dressage saddle. The only difference between the dressage and jumper is the shape and I wanted it to be be versatile. Since I bought a new saddle it's been relegated to my dressage saddle only but the shape still works fine, you hardly notice that it isn't designed for it. I would very likely buy one again if I had need for it. I also have an EcoGold half pad for my jump saddle and I would recommend it to everyone!

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  2. I have a dressage one and a jumper one, both 1". I've never used shims with them. My horse seems to really like them, so I go with it. As with all things, they work with some horses but not others. The difference between the jumping and dressage pad is the shape in the front... the dressage pad is cut straight down to follow the straighter flap of a dressage saddle and the jumping one is cut forward.

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  3. I have a very nice sheepskin numnah (can't remember the brand; will try to remember to look this morning), and have used it nearly every ride with both Lance and Russell. They both made it clear they prefer it!

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  4. I have the 1 and 1/4 http://suenostomanvuelo.blogspot.com/2014/08/viva-carlos-product-review-ogilvy.html

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  5. Haha! I have both. I have a 1 1/4" jump model and the 1" dressage model. I have shims for both.

    My take: I really like the 1 1/4" jumper model. My saddle already fits well, but it just sort of fills in gaps and lumps in muscle that come along with the developing horse. I do not like the shims--I guess they work out, but they make the pad HUGE and while they squish down a lot, this isn't the pad I'd choose if you need a lot of shimming.

    The 1" model is again ok if your saddle fits well, but I find I like it a bit less. It's a bit more aesthetic then functional IMHO. They could be purely my conceptions of if. Just keep in mind, the foam squishes down by a lot, so the 1" becomes a lot less. The slightly thicker models makes me happier without adding a ton of bulk.

    All that said, it makes me BATTY when people squish the foam between two fingers and say it does nothing because they can "feel the other finger" or whatever. That's not what's happening under the saddle-- compress the foam between your palms and you're more on the right track.

    One other caveat--trainers and clinicians recommend what they're familiar with. Ogilvy is making inroads to the dressage community, but mattes has been there longer. I've noticed some objections to ogilvy by dressage trainers because it's not sheepskin, but Courage goes really well in it, so I brush them off.

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    1. PS I have a half pad problem and am happy to continue the conversation via email or message if you have other questions.

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  6. I have the gummy pad, can't remember the thickness. I like it under my dressage saddle, but I don't like it with my jump saddle. Seems to be a bit too much padding. I have an EquiFit pad that I like better. If you wanted to try them out Equus tack in Wilsonville does trials.

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  7. I'm looking forward to the comments - I have an Ovation sheepskin half pad now, but I've been contemplating an Ogilvy, too.

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  8. I have two 1" thickness pads (one hunter, one jumper) and I LOVE them. I recommend them to anyone who asks. What I love about the memory foam (vs other materials) is that it compresses in the areas that don't need as much padding and stay "expanded" for areas that do. This is particularly helpful for my TB who doesn't need as much help towards the cantle, but needs it in the front due to "dips" by his withers.

    Additionally, I noticed that some extra shock absorption helped reduce some lower back pain I was experiencing and when I accidentally sit down too hard, my horse isn't as cranky.

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  9. i picked up an ogilvy off ebay and was kinda bummed that it didn't really work for us. it was way too bulky and really lifted my saddle off the horse, the horse seemed less happy/comfortable, and it seemed to hold heat a lot too. it was disappointing after reading so many success stories!

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  10. My sheepskin numnah is a HorseDream by Christ (http://horsedreamimporters.com/pads.php). My saddle fitter recommended it; said it was as good or better than Mattes at a better price point. It has held up beautifully for years.

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    1. I have one of those too. Totally love it!

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  11. I have a 1" and a 1.25" and love them both. The 1" is great if your saddle fits really well and the 1.25" If the saddle needs some filling it. I don't see this pad being my top choice if I needed to shim but I love mine.

    I personally think it helped my back a ton and Houston was never back sore and seemed to love the pad. Everyone is different in their preferences though. I wouldn't hesitate to buy mine again.

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