Updated: Jan 15
Here is our first impression pad test on the Ghost Puro Plus. First, facts:
1. We rode in an EDIX merino pad with felt inlays.
2. The impression pad was between the Ghost and the saddle pad. Our next test will show the results with the pad underneath the saddle pad. Treeless pads are so powerful; I even recommend people in treed saddles use them.
3. We walked, trotted, cantered, and hopped over a few cross rails for 30 minutes.
4. We did more work cantering to the right than to the left.
5. The front od the saddle is on the left side of the picture. The lower panel is the left side of the saddle.
What I see here is slightly disproportional weight beneath me vs in front of and behind me, especially along the edges of the panels. I also see a definite disproportion of weight between right and left. The difference between right and left makes sense to me! I feel that I need to shift my weight to the left for Uno to be comfortable cantering to the right. I've been puzzling over that for some time, biomechanically why that would make sense, etc but haven't quite cracked it yet. We also did do more cantering to the right than to the left.
Stay tuned for the impression pad test underneath the saddle pad, showing how a treeless saddle pad makes a difference in weight distribution.
Edited to add: I neglected to share that I'm using Christina Cross' impression pads. You can find them at https://www.facebook.com/CassySadddleImpressionPads/