A bold saddle pad is the perfect way to accessorise and add a splash of colour to your look. The rectangular design of saddle pads for all purpose and dressage riding are offered in colour patterns with contrasting piping and trim to match your stable colours. Choose a lovely quilted dressage saddle pad with a high-cut wither and padding, or a gel pad to provide cushioning and support while you ride. Jumping and all purpose saddle pads offer back protection. Wavy or square quilted patterns on breathable, moisture-wicking fabric allow for ventilation and comfort as well as showing off your personal style. Horze saddle pads are easy to maintain. Machine washing and air drying after daily use will keep them looking their best.
Choose your favourite colours or a simple, classic white saddle pad to add a layer of comfort under your saddle. All Purpose & Jumping Saddle Pads include girth straps and Velcro attachments at the billets to keep your saddle from shifting while you ride. Add a monogram or embroidery to customise your favourite saddle pads from Horze with a stable name, your initials or a logo. Saddle pads make a great gift idea for any rider. Be sure to buy several in your favorite colors to share with friends or mix and match!
Saddle pads are a type of saddle cloth, alongside saddlecloths and numnahs. The saddle pad is usually rectangular and is placed between the horse's back and the saddle. It absorbs the horse's sweat and therefore protects both the saddle and the horse's back. Besides this function, the saddle cloth also serves as a decoration for the horse. As it is larger than the saddle, it will show and can be embellished for added style with, for example, embroidered names or club emblems.
To fulfill its function optimally, the saddle pad should be breathable, absorb sweat well, act as a damper between saddle and horseback and be easy to clean. Saddle pads are either made of cotton, a mixture of cotton and synthetic fibres, lambskin, polyamide or polyester. These materials each have their own specific advantages and disadvantages. You probably won't find a saddle pad that ticks all boxes perfectly. When buying a saddle pad, you must therefore first decide which characteristic is most important to you.
You can choose a saddle pad according to both material and shape. Cotton is very breathable, absorbs sweat well and is easy to clean. However, cotton saddle pads only have a slight cushioning effect. Similarly, saddle pads made of synthetic fibres are inexpensive, very breathable and also easy to clean. However, they hardly absorb sweat and also have no cushioning effect.
Saddle pads made out of a mixture of cotton and synthetic fibres are therefore highly popular. They combine the positive properties of both materials and are still comparatively inexpensive. Lambskin is extremely breathable, so lambskin saddle pads absorb sweat very well. They have a good cushioning effect and are easy to clean. Saddle pads differ in shape for dressage and eventing or jumping horses. Dressage saddle pads are longer in the saddle flap area. Saddle pads for baroque horses are often pointed at the front. For ponies, shettys and minishettys there are special size-adapted saddle pads.
To ensure that you can enjoy your saddle pad for a long time, proper care is essential. It's important to keep your saddle pad clean, but how often you wash it would depend on frequency, as well as type of use.
The sweat that the saddle pad has absorbed while riding must be washed out frequently.
Before washing, you must first remove any horse hair from the underside of the pad or numnah.
To do this, you can either use a special coat weeder or a hard brush. Always read the care instructions of the saddle pad carefully before washing. Many saddle pads can only be hand washed at a moderate temperature. Saddle pads made of pure synthetic material are also suitable for machine washing. For lambskin saddle cloths, manufacturers usually recommend a special cleaning detergent. When washing saddle pads, you should never use fabric softener as it reduces water resistance, makes the fibres stick together and can even cause allergic reactions in horses. After washing, saddle pads should be air dried. However, never leave them in direct sunlight, in order to avoid fading.
The saddle pad must fit the saddle and should not be too small. There should be no creases and it must not press or rub.
You should also make sure that the space between the saddle cushions is not reduced. Of course, the saddle pad should not disturb the movement of the horse. To meet these requirements, saddle pads are adapted to the shape of the saddle.
That is why saddle pads for all purpose, jumping and dressage saddles have different lengths at the back, as well as the saddle flap area.
When buying a saddle pad, you must therefore first know which saddle it is supposed to fit under.
When using the saddle, you should always pull the girth straps of the saddle through the corresponding eyelets of the saddle pad. Only then you can be sure that it will not slip out of place when the horse moves.