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Starting on a horseback riding adventure is more than just a sport, it’s a trustable relationship between you and your horse, a joy of movement, sport, and connection. Among the most common items of riding gear, one key object stands out: the humble saddle pad. 

In this article, let's discover the world of saddle pads, understanding their types, their key function, and how they transform your riding experience.

Choose your Saddle Pad material

The main point is that when gearing up for a ride, there is always that soft layer between the saddle and your horse's back, your saddle pad. This saddle pad ensures your horse feels as comfortable as you do while riding.

Saddle pads come in various materials, from classic cotton to high-tech gel. Each material has its pros and cons and you should consider which one suit you better depending on your riding style and environment. Let’s review some of the most common: 

  • Cotton: this material has stood the test of time as a versatile material for saddle pads. Its breathability allows air to circulate freely, preventing the horse's back from becoming sweaty during rides. 

  • Fleece: fleece takes the lead providing a comfortable experience. This material is celebrated for its softness, offering a cozy layer between the saddle and the horse's back. 

  • Neoprene: a synthetic rubber material, is the choice for riders who prioritize durability, flexibility, and shock absorption. This material is also easy to clean, making it a practical choice for riders who value convenience in their gear.

  • Gel: gel saddle pads adjust to the horse's back, distributing pressure and minimizing the risk of discomfort. Riders who engage in high-impact disciplines, such as jumping or dressage, choose gel to ensure optimal performance and well-being for their horses. 

• Aeropad: Aeropad is a material that is growing in popularity thanks to its great breathability and other features. It is padded, easy to clean and very light. In addition, it is antibacterial and prevents the accumulation of odors.

Saddle Pad Types based on your riding 

Saddle pads can be found in various types, each targeted to the specific needs and preferences of the horse and their riders, playing a key role in creating a strong partnership between rider and horse, while ensuring comfort and joy in every ride.

  • Square and Contoured pads: these pads are basic for everyday rides of all types, from strolls to relaxed trail rides, offering fundamental comfort.

·       Half pads: half pads are shorter than the saddle pads, providing an additional layer of cushioning where it's needed most, and it’s ideal for horses needing extra support during intense workouts.

  • Therapeutic and Non-Slip pads:

    • Therapeutic Pads: designed to address specific horse health issues, these pads act as healers for horses with backaches, injuries, or discomfort with innovative materials that contribute to the overall well-being of the horse, aiding in their healing process.

    • Non-Slip Pads: designed for dynamic rides that involve acrobatic performances, such as jumps and turns, ensuring the saddle stays securely in place and preventing any slipping or moving during the activity.




Saddles Pads Sizes

Ensuring proper fit of the saddle pad or saddle pad is essential for the comfort of both rider and horse. This is a quick guide that offers practical guidance to help riders find the perfect match for their saddles based on their riding activities and purposes:

First of all, select it based on the type of equestrian discipline you practice:

• Dressage

• Jumping

• English riding (general purpose)

• Raid

• Western

If your have a pony, look for this specific measurement and choose the shape based on the saddle you use.

Special measures: if you use a special saddle, either because it is a model outside of English standards or because your horse has unique characteristics, make sure that the saddle blanket or saddle pad will be enough to cover the part underneath the saddle. If you do not know the measurements of the saddle pad you are interested in, contact us or order your custom-made saddle pad.


Why Saddle Pads Matter?

Saddle pads are more than just an accessory, they're your best tool for a comfier ride. When your horse is happy and comfortable, they perform better.

Saddle pads are shock absorbers. They take the hit, so you and your horse's back doesn't have to. Whether you're into jumps, turns, or a calm trail ride, the saddle pad is there, preventing you from feeling the bumps and jolts.

Additionally, they're like climate control for your horse, with breathable materials that keep them cool on a hot day and insulating when the wind becomes cold.

Choosing the Right Saddle Pad

Choosing the best saddle pad for your equine partner it's all about the right fit, considering your horse's shape, the type of riding you're into, and even the weather. For example, a dressage ride might need a sleeker pad, while a jumping session would choose a thicker one for flexibility.

Saddle pad care and cleaning tips

As you enjoy this great sport, your saddle pad takes on sweat, dirt, and mud, so regular cleaning keeps it fresh and ready for the next adventure. Let’s check some points to keep your gear in optimal condition: 

·       Regular inspection: inspect your saddle pad after each ride. Look for any signs of dirt, sweat, or hair accumulation.

·       Remove Debris and dirt: before cleaning, give the saddle pad a good shake to remove loose debris and hair. This helps prevent excess dirt from getting into the fabric during washing.

·       Pre-Treat stains: if there are stains or areas with concentrated sweat, pre-treat them with a stain remover or a mixture of mild soap and water as long as the material allows it (see washing instructions). Allow it to sit for a few minutes before washing.

·       Machine washing: check the care instructions on the saddle pad for specific recommendations. Most saddle pads can be machine-washed in cold water on a gentle cycle. Use a soft detergent to avoid irritating your horse's skin. For delicate or specialized saddle pads, consider hand washing and always avoid fabric softeners.

·       Air-Dry only: Never use a dryer to dry your saddle pad, as the heat can damage the fabric and shrink the pad. Instead, lay it flat or hang it in a shaded area to air-dry.

·       Store properly: store your saddle pads in a well-ventilated area. Avoid leaving them in direct sunlight for prolonged periods.

·       Professional cleaning: for high-end or specialized saddle pads, consider professional cleaning services. They can ensure thorough cleaning without compromising the integrity of the pad.


So, next time you are looking for a new saddle pad, take a moment to appreciate how important are they for you and your horse. It's not just a piece of gear; it's your horse's comfort and your secret to a more comfortable ride.


Explore the complete catalog of saddle pads here, and elevate your riding experience by choosing a saddle pad that meets your and your horse's needs but also reflects your style and commitment to a great equestrian ride.



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