Saddle pad: useful and technical

The saddle pad is an important part of the look you are riding. Originally, it was only used for the convenience of absorbing the horse’s sweat and not to dirty the saddle.

From now on, it still has this imperative but it is also chosen for its colors and materials. There are many materials used, natural ones like cotton or sheep’s wool and synthetics of all kinds: as many as technology can create.

Natural materials have the advantage of never overheating the horse during intensive use, regardless of the type of skin or hair of the horse. Sometimes they can take a long time to dry after a big job or after washing. The padding ensures a soft effect, and the topstitching created to hold the whole thing gives effects of style.
Sheep’s wool is naturally very soft and absorbent. It is in contact with the back of the horse. A fabric is sewn on it. Sometimes the sheepskin is left to hold the wool, the whole thing is then sewn.

From time to time, they are provided with a strap at the passage of the strap and on the front. These straps are used not to push it back. You can use those of the strap passage: remember to pass your strap through it while you saddle!
If you prefer, you can use the upper straps: you have to pass the girth straps inside.
These straps can be supplied with a scratch which allows them to be put in place quickly if you forget them.

Anti-slip mat

Depending on the saddle we have, we can’t always put on the straps, or sometimes there aren’t any on our favorite model.

You can put a non-slip mat on the horse’s back and then your saddle mat.

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The non-slip mat made of synthetic material sticks to the horse’s back without hindering it. It is easily washable and dries quickly.

A good way to keep them clean for a long time: what a great idea for your white competition rugs!

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