After viewing a review of the Western Thinline Cotton Liner pad on The Truth Tack Review on Facebook, I knew I had to try it. My 10 year-old AQHA mare, Tangaray, has allergies and the wool pad I was using made her itch. Plus, she tends to not use her body correctly and turn more on her front end. I purchased her four years ago & this was her running style. Thus, resulting in chiropractor adjustments several times a year. I myself have disk degeneration in my lower back, suffer from daily back pain and see a chiropractor myself.
The review for this pad demonstrated less force to your horses back and less recoil (bounce back) for the rider. You could also add shims, which is sometimes necessary for proper saddle fit. Being cotton is non-allergenic, I knew I had to try it! Plus, being able to feel your horse was an added bonus.
My first barrel race of the season just came and went with amazing results! It was in Williamstown, Kentucky, at Cowtown Arena. We ran a whole second faster than we had previously ran at this arena. We placed 1st in the 2nd division and received a nice paycheck. This “time” was exactly a half of a second off of the winning time and my mare isn’t even in tip top shape yet!
Tangaray ran totally different than she normally does. She was using her body more correctly. She used more of her rear instead of pulling with her front. She seemed to be more “freed up”. She also did not itch in the Thinline pad.
Julie O’Brien is a 44-year-old who resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where she is the owner of O’Brien’s Taxidermy. She has competed in barrel racing events since she was 8 and has competed in Gymkhanas, NBHA, AQHA, and the AQHA All American Quarter Horse Congress.
Pad show here is the Western Felt Liner with Fenders. Booster shim- to double the protection, is shown.