Trainers and Clinicians Testimonials

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Elizabeth Clavette, Horse Trainer and Professional Cowboy Mounted Shooter, Golden, CO

“My name is Elizabeth Clavette. I am a full-time horse trainer and Professional Cowboy Mounted shooter. I have been riding with a CSI Saddle Pad for the last 2 years. From the first day I saddled up with a CSI Saddle Pad, I have seen and felt an amazing change for the better with my horses. Their flexibility and comfort in movement from their shoulders is incredible! I have also found that my horses don’t get sore backs. When my horses are comfortable, they are able to perform at the highest level. Not only do my horses feel better with a CSI Saddle Pad, I personally don’t get as sore in my back! I want the best for my horses. That’s why I choose to ride with the best, CSI Saddle Pads!” – Elizabeth Clavette, Horse Trainer and Professional Cowboy Mounted Shooter, Golden, CO

“I have used the same CSI Pads on every horse I’ve saddled for the past 4 years. I’ve 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 with sore backs once in a while on my show horses and paid the price in decreased performance. I rope every day. I’m a low number heeler over 50 years old, so I can tie hard and fast. Some low number 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 at See ya there!” – Les Vogt

Mike Crouch“I tried every possible saddle pad, bought four 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 an 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

“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 horse’s 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!” – Marybeth Wiefels

“During our clinics and presentations all over the country, Dusty will NOT go without a CSI Saddle Pad!” – Mark Peterson and Dusty on Facebook

“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 CSI, 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 CSI Pads are leaving out there!” – Kathy King Raedeke

“The CSI Pad is the only pad I trust on my horses—especially 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 Saddle Pads in his YouTube Video:

“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 3 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 horse’s 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 horse’s 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 Saddle Pad:

“I have four 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 horse’s back without ‘bridging.’ It conforms to every horse I put it on. It stays put, and there’s no sliding around whatsoever! 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’s easy to clean, which is essential when you ride six to eight 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.” – Arlene Lawson, Narrowgate Quarter Horses

“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. A lot 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 10- and 12-hour days. The CSI Pad has not only lived up to but has surpassed any of my expectations. I wholeheartedly suggest it to anyone. Try one. You won’t be disappointed! As for the manufacturer of the CSI Saddle Pad—Donna Saddoris—it is her love, knowledge, and commitment to our horses that really takes this product to another level. My horses and I are in their debt.” – Rocco J. Wachman Arizona Cowboy College, Lorill Equestrian Center,

“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, 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!” – Martha Dusell, Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist