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The Long Riders’ Guild seeks international investigation into floor ...

The Long Riders’ Guild, the world’s first international association of equestrian explorers, has issued a plea to legal authorities on three continents to investigate how a 3M corporation product, originally designed as an abrasive floor mat, is being resold as a saddle pad to unsuspecting horse owners.... Click here to read more about this issue, and how Tim became part of the investigation A Brief wrap up of how this relates to Tim's journey During Tim's time in Kazakhstan, he began using what is known under one company in the US as the No-Sweat horse pad. Advertised as a solution to sweaty blankets and as an aid in preventing saddle sores, Tim was astonished to discover that it had the opposite effect. Despite 12 months on the road and contstant attention to the horses' health, he almost had to give up his horses when the synthetic pads stripped the hair and skin away from large patches on the horses' backs and sides. This happened within the space of two days during temperatures of around 30 degrees. Just when he thought that the 'no-sweat' principle would be relevant and come into play it almost had disatrous effects! Luckily Tim was quick enough to stop using them and these patches healed slowly over the following four months. Due to links with the Long Riders Guild and similar stories coming from other riders, Tim came to know that the pads were in fact a 3M product known as “Wet Area Matting 1500.” They were not horse pads after all, although the various advertisements of selling-on companies insisted that they were manufactured especially. In fact they were just buying the matting, cutting them up, and selling them on at twice the price. The problem with these pads is that they are extremely abrasive, particularly in the heat and tend to near melt away hair and skin. The plot became very thick when CuChallaine O'Reilly began his in-depth investigation, the results of which have now been made public. Click here to read more about this scam, and how Tim became part of the investigation PS The pads have since become a good door mat for Tim's tent at night. Sadly, even Tim's dog refuses to sleep on them, as they are even too rough and uncomfortable for him!