Status or other Pony Pad for shetland?

Discussion in 'Horse Riding' started by painter, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. painter

    painter Well-known Member

    I'm looking at pony pads for my shetty who has a flat back and pretty much no wither.

    I don't really like the look of those plastic molded monkey grips on the Wintec and Kincade or the leather pony pads I have seen, so I am leaning towards either the Status or another one that I have found on that auction site.

    I'm going by photos and written descriptions and will probably order online so just wanted to find out what the status ones are like? Will the seat suit bigger kids (6-9yo's) or only toddlers? Are they flexible enough to fit bigger ponies comfortably? Do they ride forward and require a crupper on most ponies?

    I have found someone who has had one of the auction site ones for a year and is very happy with quality and rider security. The added benefit is that it has velcro pads that adjust to the shape of the pony (or TB or clydie horse for that matter) as well as adjustable knee pads to suit the child. It is more expensive that the status but also comes mounted and with a bridle, bit, saddle blanket and proper stirrups instead of clogs.

  2. chick_with_a_chainsaw

    chick_with_a_chainsaw Gold Member

    little shetland ponies where i used to keep libby had the status ones. werent the very best for toddlers as they are quite flat rather than cupping the child but was good for the older ones.

    fitted the shetlands with flat backs as well as the slightly more dipped old man shetlands back
  3. Shandeh

    Shandeh Well-known Member

    I would stay away from Status. I personally don't like them and when we were looking at pony pads to use with the disabled kids the Status ones were all too narrow. We ended up with a Wintec one, and no, it doesn't have a plastic moulded hand grip, it has more of a 'stock saddle' type front with a handle.

    Another possible solution is to get a very small pony saddle (proper one, like an Icon or something) and stick a monkey grip on it. More expensive than a pony pad but it looks a lot neater and tidier, if you are doing leadline or first ridden shows you will most likely do better in a small pony show saddle.
  4. painter

    painter Well-known Member

    Thanks CWAC thats good to know it fits shettys with a flat back.

    Shandeh - We've tried a couple of small saddles that don't fit the pony - any smaller and they won't fit the kid;) The fully mounted wintec is about $100 more than the status...and if I was going to pay that I would prefer to get a proper saddle which is more $ again - and as its not for leadline or showing and won't get much use I can't justify the expense.

    If Sharni (the shetty) builds my sons confidence and he wants to start riding properly, I will know within a month or two and he will need a bigger pony and proper saddle within a very short period of time. But if he just wants to have a 'pony ride' occasionally the a status pad is an inexpensive option to make him feel secure as long as it fits her ok.

    (I probably should explain that I didn't get Sharni as a long term riding pony for my son, I got her coz I wanted a little one for for myself and as a stepping stone for my son to build his confidence and determine his interest in riding).
  5. Coda Cowgirl

    Coda Cowgirl Well-known Member

    personally after seeing kids ride in both the status and the wintec i would definatly go the wintec and i have found kids to be much happier with the older wintec with the big moulded handle at the front it is far more supportive than the monkey strap type.
  6. carla

    carla Well-known Member

    i have a shetty and i have a status pony pad on her. i like the way it fits and both my kids love it. the problem with the wintec pads the kids have to lean forward to hold the handle. the stadus pad has a money grip so the kids can sit up with a good seat. my son is a big 6yrs and daugher is 3yrs. both fit good. both kids play mounted games on the pony and i have had no problems with the saddle at all.
    as you can see it looks ok for unoff leadline
    my son
  7. Shandeh

    Shandeh Well-known Member

    Maybe so Painter but IMO it's worth paying the extra money. The Wintec pony pad is much better quality plus it fits a lot better on the wider ponies. It has removable velcro pads underneath to change the fit on the pony. We have one but we're not using it at the moment, all our students are big enough to fit in my small saddle which I ride Edward in (not that I'm riding him at the moment).

    In my experience I will not touch anything Status or Kincade. Just my experience and just my opinion but Status and Kincade are cheap and nasty and buying the more expensive gear can be cheaper in the long run (seriously, a Kincade A/P was used for about 6 months before I got my little dressage saddle due to the Kincade having uneven foam and hurting my horse's back, darn thing cost about $200, same as my dressage saddle second hand).

    Almost always worth spending more to get that safer, higher quality bit of equipment. You can always sell it on later down the track.
  8. Elanda

    Elanda Gold Member

    The only decent thing that Status make is pony pads**) They are cheap and probably won;t last a lifetime BUT are great little starters for little ponies and little kids:)*
  9. Bekie Marie

    Bekie Marie Active Member

    Does it have to be ap style?
    My kids use juinor stock saddles on the ponies, they fit great (kid & pony) & keep them if the pony plays up (pony attitude & all that! lol)

    We also have a wintec pad & a status pad, my girls find the wintec comfier & deeper seated for show days.

    I just bought a pro tack dressage saddle off that auction site 13' seat, fits the shetty cross we have here perfectly & my daughter has chosen to ride in it over the stock saddle the last 3 times she has ridden! (unheard of for her)

    It looks good & is obviously comfy & it was cheaper then the wintec pads!!
  10. painter

    painter Well-known Member

    LOL I really should know by now that nothing to do with horses is ever easy!

    Even harder not being able to see and compare in person! Thanks for the**) goodie;)

    Carla thanks for posting your photos, that first one of your little girl is absolutely priceless!

    Bekie Marie, no it dosn't have to be an ap, I did put my daughters stock saddle on her which is either 14" or 15" and it fits her better than any of the other little saddles I have tried on (LOL with the exception that she would need a much shorter girth!). The channel sits quite high above her flat back, the padded sides seem to fit her ok but I don't have enough experience with saddle fitting a pony shaped like a coffee table so I am a bit worried it would hurt her, so passed on the idea.

    Hmmm might go have a fiddle and see if I can get some photos and see what everyone here think.
  11. ClubIgnite

    ClubIgnite Well-known Member

    Agree entirely. Wouldnt have anything else status, BUT, the pony pad fits our extremely fat, flat/wide backed atm shetland mare and works great with or without clogs.
  12. chick_with_a_chainsaw

    chick_with_a_chainsaw Gold Member

    agree completly
  13. painter

    painter Well-known Member

    OK thanks everyone, I'm definitely feel more confident about the status:)

    I put my daughters little stock saddle on her today and tried to work out if it would pinch her anywhere, but its hard to tell without a girth to tighten it up, it seems wide enough under the skirts, LOL but I could see from front to back through the gullett and I think its too long for her back anyway.

    Last edited: Sep 5, 2010

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