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SeamsRight pretty much out of business

Postby musical comedy » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:02 pm

I'm really bummed. I've always bought my pads from them. Nobody makes anything similar. I called today to order my new yearly quantity. She said they have moved and after 35 years in business, they've downsized. They are booked with orders through the end of the year and they no longer make the kind of pad I bought.

I like a thinner pad with a soft cotton backing. I like a pad that is 26 inches long over the back and they are hard to find. I wash my pads after each ride because my horse isn't always clean when I put it on ( :oops: ). So, pads wear out quickly with daily washing in hot water.

Any suggestions on pads that are quilted, lightweight, with soft backing?

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Re: SeamsRight pretty much out of business

Postby silk » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:37 pm

Mattes, they do baby pads. I think they're called ultra light or something.

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Postby Josette » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:57 pm

I also purchased all my pads from SeamsRight and wash after each ride. They are well made and have lasted a long time - a few worn out now.

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Postby StraightForward » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:28 pm

PRI pads have the softer lining. They're available in different weights and sizes, so you might find something you like.

I'm a convert to LeMieux pads, but it sounds like they might be a little thicker than you want. The mesh ones are pretty soft on the underside, and mine seem to be wearing well so far (my main pads are the half-lined merino numnahs, I just have the mesh ones for my jumping saddle).
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Postby musical comedy » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:13 pm

Has anyone tried the Ogilvy Dressage baby pad? I'm looking into those.

SF, I've tried a PRI pad once and sent it back. It was very stiff. I didn't realize they came in different weights.

I'm trying to understand why people like the thick pads (especially the ones lined in sheepskin). Doesn't it change the fit of the saddle? I like to ride in the same pads all the time so as not to disturb saddle fit. Thick pads also make the saddle a little easier to move.

Silk, I haven't found the Mattes light baby pads and I've googled and looked at their site.

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Postby Ponichiwa » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:00 pm

I've got an Ogilvy pad for showing-- I really liked it for my big guy but it's much too long for Kiwi (and probably also Queso). I'll check whether it's the baby or "dressage profile" version when I get home.

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musical comedy wrote:I'm trying to understand why people like the thick pads (especially the ones lined in sheepskin). Doesn't it change the fit of the saddle? I like to ride in the same pads all the time so as not to disturb saddle fit. Thick pads also make the saddle a little easier to move.


I ride in the same pad all the time - I have 4 identical pads plus a square white one with the same type of lining for shows. ;)

I don't find that the merino adds a lot of bulk - my saddles are not as thickly flocked as some, so I think that makes up for it. My saddler was very happy with my pad choice, and when we saw her today, she checked the fit with the pad. Maybe I'm anthropomorphizing, but I think the sheepskin feels nicer on their backs. I wouldn't want to add any extra bulk though. I think the trend of a pad plus a thick sheepskin-backed half pad is overkill.
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Postby Josette » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:11 pm

This looks like a nice pad that SF mentioned - maybe without the wool bulk added.

https://www.countryandstable.com/lemieu ... on-square/

I had used Mattes pads in the past for trail riding and some ring riding. However, used on my TB and not my mutton withered pony. I did have a saddle fitting issue with the Mattes pads with the pony. Saddle Fitter said I needed to decide what pads to use as she would adjust saddle for it - so I got rid of the Mattes and had her adjust saddle for SR pads.

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Postby Josette » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:31 pm

High ratings on this pad. However - looks like AP measurements and not long for dressage.

https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/ogilv ... JhEALw_wcB

https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/ogilv ... -pad-11705

Longer version for dressage. Smartpak good about returns.

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Postby musical comedy » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:53 pm

Josette wrote:High ratings on this pad. However - looks like AP measurements and not long for dressage.

https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/ogilv ... JhEALw_wcB

https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/ogilv ... -pad-11705

Longer version for dressage. Smartpak good about returns.
The first one (baby pad) is the one I'm considering. White is on back order, so I haven't order yet. The sizing is iffy. There are some comments that say it worked on an 18 inch saddle. The other thing is the baby pad doesn't have girth loops, so could slide. The profile pad is probably too thick for my taste.

With the seamsright, I bought the Lite Box Quilt. I loved it. I have one still unused that I saved for showing. LOL, showing that will never happen again so I may as well use it.

With respect to sheepskin, I bought a sheepskin cover that I use on my crank bridle rather than the chin pad that came with it. When that sheepskin gets sweaty, it is a mess and takes a long time to dry if you rinse it off. What happens to those sheepskin saddle pads when the horses sweats? How to you keep it supple and get it dry in the humid weather?

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Postby StraightForward » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:48 pm

musical comedy wrote:With respect to sheepskin, I bought a sheepskin cover that I use on my crank bridle rather than the chin pad that came with it. When that sheepskin gets sweaty, it is a mess and takes a long time to dry if you rinse it off. What happens to those sheepskin saddle pads when the horses sweats? How to you keep it supple and get it dry in the humid weather?


The LeMieux merino ones aren't actually on a sheepskin backing, so there's no need to worry about the leather care. We don't deal with humidity here, but I just wash mine every 2-3 rides. If I can't get around to it, I just brush them with a stiff brush to restore the pile.

I think the recommendation for washing real sheepskin is to use Leather Therapy, just like for leather breeches. I just have sheepskin girth covers, and just wash them with my merino pads and they aren't stiff. Maybe I'm not making my horse sweat enough. :P
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Postby kande50 » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:52 pm

musical comedy wrote:
With the seamsright, I bought the Lite Box Quilt. I loved it. I have one still unused that I saved for showing. LOL, showing that will never happen again so I may as well use it.


I just starting using my white pads for everyday too, and if a miracle happens and I decide to go to a show again then I'll buy a new pad--and a new bridle and new breeches and maybe even a new coat and helmet, too.

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Postby khall » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:50 pm

I love my sheepskin pads. I don't wash after every ride but will flip it over to air dry no trouble even here in hot and humid south. Just bought leather therapy to wash mine in to keep them soft. Bought my last one from amazon of all places! I like the shaped pads during the summer here. Depending on the horse as to what thickness of pad I ride in. I use BOT pads in the winter time, square ones.

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Postby ironbessflint » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:09 pm

musical comedy wrote: The other thing is the baby pad doesn't have girth loops, so could slide. The profile pad is probably too thick for my taste.


Nope, it's just as thin as the baby pads! I have both and they're identical other than straps and dimensions.

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Re: SeamsRight pretty much out of business

Postby silk » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:14 pm

musical comedy wrote:Silk, I haven't found the Mattes light baby pads and I've googled and looked at their site.


I think they might just be called "light" quilt. It's about 1/2 the thickness of the regular quilt (I have both types and prefer the light ones, as I only use them over a half pad to keep the saddle panels clean).

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Postby musical comedy » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:16 pm

Silk, is it this one? If so, have you seen it in person? It looks fine but it's hard to tell how thick it is.

https://worldequestrianbrands.com/produ ... -only-pad/

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Postby silk » Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:12 am

musical comedy wrote:Silk, is it this one? If so, have you seen it in person? It looks fine but it's hard to tell how thick it is.

https://worldequestrianbrands.com/produ ... -only-pad/


Nope. That looks like the standard quilt. This one is a light (the one you linked talked about light colour, not quilt weight): https://worldequestrianbrands.com/produ ... quare-pad/
or the eurofit: https://worldequestrianbrands.com/produ ... rofit-pad/

I can get you a photo comparison of standard to light on the weekend when I am home again. I have both.

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Postby musical comedy » Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:06 pm

Thank you Silk! That's what I want. Ok now that I've found what I want, the World Equestrian Brands site won't allow me to put it in the basket.

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Postby Hayburner » Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:38 pm

I have one oglivy and absolutely love it! My mare is 15 or 15.1 hands, has a short back and I ride in a 17.5 inch seat - it fits her fine. They wash beautifully! The underside stays nice and soft - almost like a flannel material. I like that you can get many configurations when it comes to size and color....

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Postby Hayburner » Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:09 pm

Regarding the Oglivy sliding - I have never had mine slide/move under my saddle. I think the type of fabric they use on the underside helps stabilize it.....

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Postby Beorn » Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:31 pm

musical comedy wrote:Thank you Silk! That's what I want. Ok now that I've found what I want, the World Equestrian Brands site won't allow me to put it in the basket.


The few times I've spoken with them on the phone, they have been lovely and friendly and quite accommodating..

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Postby musical comedy » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:31 pm

Beorn wrote:The few times I've spoken with them on the phone, they have been lovely and friendly and quite accommodating..
Just spoke on the phone and ordered 1 pad to see if I like it and will order more if I do. Yes, they were very nice on the phone! That site doesn't work for ordering though.

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Postby Beorn » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:39 pm

that's a bummer about the site not working! I've only ever ordered from the outlet side of the site :lol: and haven't had issues. It's been a while, though....

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Postby Hayburner » Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:11 pm

Thanks for posting that site, I may need to try one out! You can never have too many saddle pads.

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Postby Aleuronx » Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:33 pm

No!!! I’ve loved these pads. Do you have any further info? Are they closing down for good after the end of the year?

I usually got the luxury box quilt, did they say what they are still making/stocking if still carrying on with business? I’m tempted to place a mass order even if I don’t get it until 2019...

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Postby musical comedy » Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:59 pm

Aleuronx wrote:No!!! I’ve loved these pads. Do you have any further info? Are they closing down for good after the end of the year?

I usually got the luxury box quilt, did they say what they are still making/stocking if still carrying on with business? I’m tempted to place a mass order even if I don’t get it until 2019...
She didn't say she was closing down, only downsizing and booked until the end of the year. I don't know about the Luxury Box Quilt because I buy the Lite Box Quilt which she isn't making anymore. I remember vaguely her saying she still made the Luxury one and the schooling flannel. Yeah, I was going to do a mass order too. What a shame. When Equissentials went out of business that broke my heart too. Nobody makes breeches to fit me but them.
You could trying calling her. You'll probably get the recorder but I was lucky and she picked up after numerous rings.

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Postby Aleuronx » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:11 pm

Hmm, I’ll have to give a try after checking my pads for size at the barn. I have a stack of pads but pretty much only use my seamsright ones it seems! I want to make sure if I can place an order I have the right specs for them right then.

Is the phone number on the website still current? Looks like I pretty much just emailed my orders in the past but perhaps calling is better at this point. Thanks for the info!

I managed to have a double bridle and a spare set of snaffle reins made by Jerry before he closed up shop. I’m thanking my lucky stars and hoping it will fit my new horse when the time comes for her in the coming years. It cost a fortune but was well worth it. Which is why I’m not adverse to dropping some $$$ if a similiar thing is happening for Seamsright...

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Postby musical comedy » Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:43 pm

Aleuronx wrote:Is the phone number on the website still current? Looks like I pretty much just emailed my orders in the past but perhaps calling is better at this point. Thanks for the info!
Yes, I phoned their local number, not the 800 number. I didn't email because I did not want to put my credit card number in an email and otherwise she would have to call me and I am not easy to reach by phone (don't carry a cell). If you've ordered from her before, she will have you size, etc. in her file.

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Postby Aleuronx » Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:59 pm

Spoke with them this morning. They don't have all their machines set up yet and will be likely 'going back to basics' on the options available. Right now they are only doing the basic flannel and a lite pad w/4 inch diagonal quilting. Basically they only have their 'simple' machine going for right now.

We talked for a bit and she did say when they get more settled they might be adding back in the heavier pads, aka the luxury box quilt I'd be interested in. They also have a new website that will be going up as well.

They are not taking any orders right now to get through the bulk of what they have in cue until the end of the year. I'll be getting back in touch with her in January after the holidays are over to see where they're at. In the meantime I'll be taking my last white pad out of regular rotation to save for shows just in case.

Love to hear how you end up like the World Equestrian Brands pad...

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Postby lorilu » Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:47 am

I have also recently been on the search for a lighter weight pad. All the pads at the local tack shop seem so...puffy. I finally got a LeMieux that seemed OK (but I have nto tried it yet), and a lighter weight PRI. Have you tried the Weatherbeeter?

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Postby musical comedy » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:40 am

I tried the dressage light flannel mattes pad yesterday. It is very thin and just what I wanted. However, it slipped back quickly and I had to dismount shortly after I started riding to fix it. That said, I do have a problem with saddle fit which causes some of that but the Seams Right stayed put the best. I haven't tried the Weatherbeeter. I suspect most pads have a lot of puffy. Seems most people like that. The mattes cost me $100. At these prices, I can't keep buying pads that don't work out.


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