|Rubbing from the stirrup leather created a hole in the fabric|
Anyway, the response was that they were unfamiliar with the needs of the endurance community (even though the pad is sold as an endurance specific pad) and sent me two pieces of the ThinLine material to figure out what to do with on my own. It arrived quickly, but was thick and bulky and mostly useless.
I went about my merry life planning to use this current pad for conditioning and break out the new one Dusty had gotten me back in April for competitions which would buy me a lot of time until I would need to figure out what to do.
But then last night happened.
Gem has been extra sweaty this summer and with a competition in only 1 1/2 weeks, I thought it would be a good idea to take the pad home with me Sunday and wash it. I stashed it away in a closet (bad idea BTW - that closet now reeks!!) and pulled it out last night to hand wash in the bath tub under cold water.
I got it wet and began to run my hands lightly through the wool to loosen the fibers and break up the sweat and grime. Imagine my horror when I pulled my hand away and a big glob of wool came with it!!
I ran my fingers through again and even more came out and thus ended my endeavor to wash the pad. I pulled it out of the tub and my heart sank when I saw this:
|The entire sheepskin just melted away and was gone|
I think the video below should work. It shows how extremely lightly I pulled to get the pad to just fall apart.
I threw the soaking wet pad into a trash bag and went to stew on the couch. I briefly thought about contacting the company, but to what end? They have been zero help with anything else and I know what they will say. The sweat melted the sheepskin. I get that. But at $350 this is a top of the line pad being marketed specifically to endurance riders. No way would I ever purchase another.
Thankfully, I have the back up, brand new pad to use next weekend or I would be in a big bind. I don't know what pad I will try next, but it for sure will not be a ThinLine product.