Thursday, March 13, 2014

Rider Review: Ogilvy Baby Pads

Ogilvy pads have been all the rage lately. Once I heard that the Ogilvy half pad was supposed to help reduce back pain for the rider I knew that I had to have one. During the 6 weeks of waiting that is seeming like forever I decided I wanted to try out the Ogilvy Baby Pads. I had read that they helped reduce slipping and I was super intrigued.

Price: $37 Ogilvy Direct | $40 SmartPak I think that these baby pads are definitely on the expensive side but seem totally worth it. Shaped spine, reduced slipping, and easier to wash? Count me in!

monogram all the things!
Review: I have been wanting to go back to the baby pad side due to the fact that washing full saddle pads seems to be pretty hard on a washer. Add to that that I can't seem to get more than a few in the washer at a time and I knew I was missing my baby pads. Problem is that despite adoring baby pads there was a reason that I had stopped using them. All of my old baby pads bunched and slipped. Hell I had even had baby pads FALL OFF while I was riding. How nuts is that!

Given those experiences I knew that I wanted something with a shaped spine. Ideally it would have girth straps but those weren't going to make or break the deal. Along came the SmartPak February deal of free monogramming. Enter my first baby pad!
don't think I have to worry about the shaped spine!
Another thing that I have come to love about this pad is the "quick-dry anti-bacterial/anti-fungal brushed poly on the inside". It is quick drying and I have probably 8-10 rides on this pad now and it still doesn't look terrible nor does it smell or have a "crusty" feel to it. I normally don't use a pad for more than 3 or 4 rides so I was pretty impressed by this one. 
trying to show the texture of the underside...

Bottom Line: I may or may not have added 1 or 2 more since drafting this post... I can't help it that SmartPak tempts me with it's free monogramming days! I love this pad and though I do kind of wish that it had girth loops the lack of them isn't enough to make me pass on another. As long as I get the pad really pulled up into the channel of my saddle it normally doesn't move. I attribute any shifting to improper placement on my part. This pad is white and will get stained if your tack leaks any die on it but aside from that after my first wash you can only tell it was used because of the darned Devoucoux leaking on it and my lazy self not washing it fast enough. Try it out. You will not be disappointed!

Note: For someone with a smaller saddle(I'm thinking less than 17" probably) this pad might be a little bit big. Don't think that would cause any issues but just wanted to throw that out there. The longer spine is awesome sauce IMO because it is a baby pad that my saddle won't hang off of but that also means there might be a little bit extra on those smaller sized saddles. Maybe the profile pad would be a better sized option :)

24 comments:

  1. Hmmm makes me want to try it, I can't stand how baby pads wiggle and bunch normally

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    1. I like it! Clearly since I have 3 now...

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  2. Interesting -- that looks much more substantial than the baby pads that I'm used to seeing. Which is a good thing! Looks like a normal pad to me.

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    1. It's like a combo. Not as thick as a normal pad. More substantial than a baby pad. Perfect middle ground for me.

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  3. Fascinating thanks for the review H!
    Have you found it does what it says on the tin re:rider/horse back (s)?
    I wonder if there is a euro retailer as these pads interest me greatly with princess Kika's sensitive back & extreme reactions to ouchies in that area

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    1. I don't have my half pad yet which is the one that's supposed to help horse and riders back. This Is just a baby pad. I'll do a review of the half pad once I get a chance to use it though.

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    2. Excellent, looking forward to that!
      Please forgive my stupid questions and general lack of equine knowledge - does the baby pad do anything "special" or 'just' give plenty wither clearance? :)

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    3. Psh! Don't say that! Baby pads are just thin saddle pads. Usually not shaped to be used under a half pad primarily. This one has a shaped spine and special material on the inside (the part touching the horses back) so that it dries more quickly and stays clean longer. Otherwise not super special. I really like that it's thinner and shaped though. The shaped spine is to provide either clearance and helps the pad from slipping/ bunching as much.

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  4. Good review! I might have to pick one of these up.

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  5. I'm always looking for no-slip (or at least reduced slip) pads! I might need to try this one!

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  6. Oh, this is intriguing. I love baby pads because they're so easy to wash but I go through phases where I use a half pad and then stop and then start (weird, I know). Too bad Smartpak has these out of stock until end of April - might end up ordering one anyway ha!

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    1. I bought my halfpad from equustack.com. Based I. Oregon. Free shipping over 100. Mary's tack sells them too.

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  7. Ohhhh definitely want to try one of these! My main saddle pad issue is that my saddle is too long for most of them:(

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  8. The white on white is really classy loveit!

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  9. That is some serious wither relief! I like Lettia's CoolMax baby pads - they don't slip. I also don't need wither relief on my guy. I do LOVE LOVE LOVE the white on white monogramming. So sexy. Just wish I loved my initials in SmartPak fonts. :/

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  10. I'm definitely getting one of these before HITS is over. But I want to get it custom. I'll let you know the pricing differences :-)

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  11. Ooooh. ALSO WANT. You and L are bad for me.

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  12. I love pads... especially expensive ones! lol

    I might need one of these!!

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  13. Hmm it's not really *that* much more for a dressage pad... maybe Molls needs more pads.

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  14. I love Ogilvy! Their baby pads are the best, you can get them smaller too.

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  15. ZOMG!!!! The monochromatic monogram is the most amazing things I've seen in a long time. Gorgeous!
    I'll need to give them a whirl- I was using the Lettia Baby Pads on Smartpak because they're a little thicker and have shape but they're sliding around on Ellie.

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  16. Thanks for posting this! I've always seen baby pads and never understood why they were used or how they didn't bunch up without a spine. I had no idea they made them with spines! I might give one of these a try.

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