Product Review: Ogilvy Memory Foam Half Pad

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The product review that you all have been waiting for – okay, maybe the product review that I have been waiting to write – is finally here!

Ogilvy MemoryFoam Jumper Half Pad.

Ogilvy MemoryFoam Jumper Half Pad.

After weeks of seeing equestrians rave about the Ogilvy half pads, I caved and ordered one from their website. I never really thought I need a half pad because my saddle is custom fit to my horse, and it fits my pony perfectly, but here are the reasons I was swayed into splurging.

  • The half pad allows your saddle, even if custom fit, to fit ANY horse. According to Ogilvy: “[t]he MemoryFoam acts as a buffer that fills any voids between the saddle and the horse, stabilizes the saddle, and provides shock-absorption for the backs of both horse and rider. This half pad will have your saddle fitting perfectly on every horse, even with custom made saddles.”
  • It is good for my back as well as my horse’s back.
  • It comes in different styles. If you’re a hunter, you can get one appropriate for the hunter ring. If you’re a jumper, they have that too. Dressage? Yes, they have that too!
  • It’s anti-slip. I had to search far and wide for an anti-slip pad to use under my horse’s saddle pads because despite the custom saddle fitting, his back is still developing, and it’s damn slippery up there sometimes.
  • Um.. everyone was raving about it. I’m an equestrian, of course I want to be in on the trendy riding equipment.

For my first pad, I ordered conservative white with customization on the withers – it says my name (Jessica). I waited about six weeks (can you say torture?) for it to come in. But I did order it right around Christmas, which is probably when everyone else was ordering it. Custom orders take a longer amount of time, according to Ogilvy’s excellent customer service department, and they didn’t get annoyed at me for my tweets and emails asking how much longer I had to wait :p

When the pad finally arrived, I was super excited. For those of you living under a rock, the Northeast has been transported into the set of Disney’s Frozen. My barn also doesn’t have an indoor, so I couldn’t wait for nice weather so I could use the pad and see if it really lived up to what everyone said it did.

I was too excited that it arrived that I couldn't wait to take it out of the packaging to take a picture.

I was too excited that it arrived that I couldn’t wait to take it out of the packaging to take a picture.

I ride a lot of different horses at my barn. I have two of my own, and sometimes I am asked to school some of the lesson ponies. I also ride a school pony in lessons sometimes as well. I was getting pretty sick of not being able to use my saddle on all the horses I rode because I have a pretty nice, comfortable saddle, if I may say so myself. On two of the ponies (read: chubby-wubbies), my saddle felt like it was about to roll over, no matter how snug the girth was, so I felt more comfortable using the school saddles that fit them (read: my lady parts were NOT happy about the years old lack of padding in the saddle seat).

So, what’s the verdict?

If you don’t want to read the whole post, I’ll get to the point right here: Buy one. Now. You need this in your life, I promise you. Just do it. Go to Ogilvy.com and order one. I’ve even put a handy link in this post three different times so you can just click-through and order this wonderful piece of half pad heaven with minimal effort.

For those of you that want to hear the details…

Tempo & Me with our new Ogilvy MemoryFoam Jumper Half Pad.

Tempo & me with our new Ogilvy MemoryFoam Jumper Half Pad.

I can really use this pad on every horse I ride. My pony loves it. My horse loves it. I don’t need to use the half pad and the anti-slip pad on my horse. I just use the Ogilvy now. The first time I used my saddle on my barn manager’s son’s pony, my saddle was going EVERYWHERE. I rode for maybe 15 minutes because I was afraid my saddle was going to just slide off the side at any moment – yes, my girth was tightened. The second time I used my saddle on the pony, I used my half pad. No slipping. No rolling. No saddle tilt. I felt comfortable. The pony felt comfortable. He was trotting around like a little hunter pony with his head nice and low. He was giving and using his back. It was marvelous. I made that pony look damn good, er.. well, Ogilvy helped too. The lesson pony I ride had the same roly-poly back that made me feel completely insecure when I rode in my saddle. I used the Ogilvy on him – I was determined to ride in my saddle. Same results. No slipping, rolling, or tilting. He seemed a lot more comfortable too. I also used it on a horse I had to school a few weeks ago, and she behaved perfectly. She can be a little bit.. mareish at times. No issues. Was it really, truly the Ogilvy? Well, I’m not saying it wasn’t the Ogilvy. And, if you think about it, the half pad was the only thing I changed about any of the equipment I was using.

My back does feel better. So, I have a habit of not using my stomach muscles when I jump, which means I’m quite sore after a hard jumping lesson. I also am getting back into jumping, which means muscle memory hasn’t exactly set in yet. Since using this pad, my back has felt a lot better in terms of soreness, especially after a jumping lesson.

The horses I ride seem much happier. Like I said, the ponies seem more comfortable with my saddle. My pony loved the half pad. My horse loved the half pad (and the Ogilvy contour pad I got for Christmas). The horses I ride were giving through and using their back. I feel confident using my saddle on any horse now, and I intend to do so.

Now to the nitty gritty. The half pad is $199.00 unless you opt to get some extra custom details. Like I said, I only got embroidery done. If it’s customized, it will take a bit longer to ship than a stock one (but it’s well worth the wait!) I have not washed my pad yet, but the cover is easily washable, and for mine being white, it hasn’t gotten too dirty. When I first used it, the saddle seemed a bit high on the horse’s back, but that is only because you need to actually sit in the saddle to allow the pad to conform to the horse’s back and your saddle.

If you’re torn between ordering a conservative pad for showing purposes and a pad that has awesome colors, don’t be! I found out that Ogilvy allows custom cover orders. You can order a cover that has the colors you like, or that is white/black, and switch it out with the pad you currently have so that you can easily go to a show and then go to the schooling ring at home. The custom covers are $125, and one of those will be my next purchase. If you have NO idea what colors to order, check out the Ogilvy Instagram account where they regularly post photos of the half pads and saddle pads their customers have ordered (provided by the happy customer, of course).

Their customer service is super helpful and friendly, and I love interacting with their Twitter account. They also sponsor Lillie Keenan, Reed Kessler, and the Phillipaerts brothers (among other top equestrians).

I also saw today that SmartPak is now carrying select Ogilvy products! Talk about the ultimate equestrian company mash-up. Note: You’ll have to order through the Ogilvy website if you want something other than white or black.

So, what are you waiting for? Have you ordered your Ogilvy yet?

Comments

    • says

      Seriously, they’re an amazing investment! I never, ever considered getting a half pad for my horses because I was under the impression I only needed half pads for certain conformational issues that make saddle fit hard. This fixes everything! And, if the saddle is already custom fit, it will just distribute pressure more evenly and make things better on your back and your horse’s back. Splurge the next time you can!

  1. Kayly :) says

    I just ordered mine with a grey body and orange and teal piping with my horses name on the left rear! The wait is killing me!!!!!

  2. amanda rodriguez says

    What size is your saddle and pad? I am trying to figureout what size to get! Any info on sizing would be great :)

    • says

      Hi Amanda, the Ogilvy website has saddle sizes next to the sizing for the pad on the website. My saddle is a 16″ so I got the “small” size pad which is suitable for 16-16.5″ saddles.

  3. Chelsea says

    Is it really worth it you have a well fitting saddle? My trainer says mine fits great and i don’t need anything and she can be VERY picky about products that don’t have her seal of approval. However, a saddle fitter said it had a little pressure on his back and a touch tight on his shoulder. What do you think?

    • says

      Hi, so I use my saddle on a variety of different horses hence why I originally bought the pad. If the saddle fitter says there’s some pressure, this pad will help. Horses can develop back soreness from poorly fitting saddles, even if the issue is only slight. If you can afford to invest in this pad, I would do it. My barn manager is super, super picky about things as well, so I get your dilemma. But if the saddle fitter says there are some small issues, shouldn’t that mean something since that person is presumably trained to fit saddles? I personally think the pad is worth it. I would recommend it to anyone. A saddle’s fit can change over time especially because a horse will change over time. New muscling can develop. He or she will get older and have their body and back change. No saddle is perfect forever!

      • Chelsea says

        Thanks for getting back to me so quickly! I ended up getting the saddle because the fitter said I needed to go custom and I wasn’t willing to pay 4000+ for that haha and my horse seemed quite comfortable and was moving well under it and everything. This saddle was just kinda the next best thing. It’s just tough with the trainer because I don’t want to order one and then be told I wasn’t allowed to use it haha. Two people at my barn just ordered one so I think I will try one of theirs and see what happens! Thank you very much again :)

        • says

          I completely understand. I have a very expensive saddle that fits my one horse, and I can’t exactly drop thousands on another one right now.

          I highly recommend the pad. And when it comes down to it, it’s your horse.. can she really tell you what to use on your horse? :)

  4. Rosiee says

    On their website they only have things like Eventing, Jumping, and Dressage listed. Which one would I buy if I only use my pony for long trail (4+ hours) ?

    • says

      That depends… would you like a pad you can’t see under your saddle? I would suggest the hunter one. If you don’t mind how it looks, you could get the jumper or eventing one! What kind of saddle do you have?

  5. Sam says

    You mentioned that you had previously used anti slip pads on your horse, as he was still developing. Did using the ogilvy half pad eliminate the need for an anti slip pad? I have a five year old dutch warmblood who, despite having his saddle fit checked every 3-6 months, seems to have an issue with keeping saddle pads in place. With the way his back is shaped, and the way he moves, saddle pads are constantly sliding back and slipping under his saddle as I ride. The type of saddle pad doesn’t seem to matter either. I was hoping using the ogilvy half pad would solve that problem if it stabilized the saddle and was anti slip in and of itself. Thanks!

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  7. Emilie Nordset says

    I really want one with midnight blue as base color, but I’m not sure where to put the orange! I only want these two colors, so can you help me with the piping and binding?

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