Testimonials from Trainers and Clinicians
"The CSI Pad is the only pad I trust on my horses — espcially Rooster who suffered back trauma as a young horse. The CSI Pad lets me ride with the peace of mind that he is getting the comfort he deserves under saddle."— Ken Mcnabb Apprenticeships. HEAR and SEE what Ken has to say about CSI Pads on his YouTube Video!
Ken McNabb talks about the CSI Saddlepad
"I have used the same CSI pads on every horse I’ve saddled for the past 4 years.Ive never worn one out.I put a lot of hard hours on my horses and have never had an even slightly sore back since i switched to CSI. I used to have some horses w a sore backs once in a while on my show horses and paid the price in decreased performance. I rope very day. I’m a low number heeler over 50 yrs old, so i can tie hard and fast. Some low # headers really jerk my horse hard.With my CSI pad ,my heel horse just puts her heart into those big stops,takes those big hits, and never gets sore.Most of you horse folks out there know me and that my Bit and Spur sales reputation stands for QUALITY.I would never put my name on a product that did not have the advantages and quality of CSI pads. You can purchase CSI pads on my website http://www.lesvogt.com. See ya there! Sincerely, Les Vogt"
"I’ve been riding horses all my life and training for the past 30 years. I’ve used the CSI saddle pad for the past three years. I think it is, by far, the best saddle pad design I have ever seen. We start lots of young horses here so I want a pad that will make their first rides as comfortable as possible. CSI pads definitely keep the horse comfortable by eliminating any pressure points through distribution of weight and pressure over the entire pad and by absorbing friction between the layers of the pad. Keeping the horses back cool on long trail rides in the Georgia heat is an important issue for us. CSI pads take care of this by having vents along the top to release heat and by using a thick natural wool felt layer next to the horse. The natural wool wicks away the sweat and the evaporation effect cools the horses back. I like the raised front of the pad to allow air circulation over the withers, help the saddle fit better and prevent pressure on top of the withers. I highly recommend the CSI saddle pad for all riders."— Ed Dabney, Dabney Gentle Horsemanship
Ed Dabney talks about the CSI Saddlepad
"I tried every possible saddle pad, I bought 4 new saddles and still was having problems with my good heel horse. He was getting hot,mad, and ringing his tail and I knew he had some pain in his back. I bought a CSI Pad and saw a immediate improvement. After a couple weeks he was back to working like before the back pain began. I have been using the CSI on him for the last 2 years and have never had another problem." Mike Crouch, European Team Roping Champion and Coach, 2011 USTRC Eastern Regional Finals Shoot-out Champion, Professional Trainer
"I have 4 different Western Saddles to insure that I have a saddle to fit all of my training horses. Four wasn’t enough. Well, I thought if I can’t buy a saddle to fit every horse what I need is a very good saddle pad to make up for the less than perfect fit of my saddles. I have easily spent over a thousand dollars in the last couple of years trying the Newest, greatest, advertised saddle pads. Wasn’t happy with any of them. Then I bought a CSI pad at Road to the Horse a few years ago. Oh My Gosh! It is the best pad on the market. It sits on a horses back with out ‘bridging’. It conforms to every horse I put it on. It stays put, there is no sliding around what so ever! My horses have ‘happier backs’ and I would go so far as to say it has changed a lot of bad attitudes in my barn. I have a stack of pads in my grooming rack gathering dust. I ALWAYS grab the CSI pad for every horse I ride. Did I mention that it is easy to clean, which is essential when you ride 6 to 8 horses a day. I am an AQHA All Around trainer and this is the first pad I have ever bought that is absolutely ‘as advertised’. I will buy another western pad in the future and I would love to try the English pad as well. Congratulations on a great product."
"As a trainer and clinician, I have never been so behind a product as I am the CSI pads. I was first taken with Donna’s integrity when I met her at Equine Affaire in Pamona; she offered me a pad and insisted I try it out and be completely happy with it with no obligation. It has made a huge difference on our hard-to-fit Arabian stallion (who starred as Al Hattal in Hidlago) I use it on every young horse’s first ride, that first experience/feel of a rider on their back has lasting impact, and I would not trust that to any other pad now. I wholeheartedly and without renumeration recommend this pad to all of my clients and many have gone on to purchase them and are happy with the same great results.These pads are an investment in your horses future. They will protect his attitude as well as soundness as he moves freely and without discomfort. Thank you Donna for a great product- we will be riding with it at WS Horse Expo!"
"During our Clinics and presentations all over the country, Dusty will NOT go without a CSI Saddle Pad!!!!"
"The CSI Saddle Pad is the only pad I would ever consider using on any of my horses by itself. This pad does the best job of evenly spreading pressure and releasing heat I have ever seen. Allot of saddle pads claim to be the World s Answer to Equine Back Pain but this one does the job. Not only in the arena but out on the Ranch in the Arizona heat working ten and twelve hour days. The CSI Pad has not only lived up to but has surpassed any of my expectations. I whole heartedly suggest to anyone, Try one. You won t be disappointed! As for the manufacturers of the CSI Saddle Pad, Donna Helms it is her love, knowledge and commitment to our horses that really takes this product to another level. I and my horses are in their debt."
"I operate an equine assisted psychotherapy program and to get our horses with ‘the program’ and ready for our therapy sessions, which does not involve riding, I exercise and ride them everyday. I have had a tack arsenal and have ridden in about every pad on the market. I have even had pads made specifically for my horses and saddles. I was hesitant at first to add another tack item to my collection but after a week of riding in the C.S.I. my horses and I were happy to list anything but on ebay!!! I have a few core pads and can easily change my inserts depending on what horse I’m riding.I couldn’t have found you soon enough and I’m grateful as are my horses. I love the buzz and positive feedback C.S.I. pads are leaving out there!!!!"
"I’ve been trail riding my Tennessee Walker mare for a year with my CSI pad and we’re both much happier. The pad doesn’t move going up and down hills and we get home with no dry spots. She is a lot less cinchy, as well. She doesn’t get sore and neither do I. My horse has a short back and I ride with a round-skirted saddle, and there’s plenty of pad for helping spread the weight. This pad was recommended to me by a lifelong horsewoman, who said it’s the best pad she’s ever had. All that, and the customer service cannot be beat. Thank You!"