The horse riding saddle pad is an essential element in the equipment of your mount. In direct contact with his skin, it must be adapted to your practice and to the specificities of your horse or pony. You can’t be careless in choosing because every mistake can lead to a negative performance for you and your horse.
A saddle pad must be breathable and comfortable for your horse, it has an essential role to play in the absorption and evacuation of the horse’s sweat. Thus it protects the back of your horse from friction and possible injuries. Friction wounds (with the saddle pad) will slowly torment your horse and you won’t want that. There are many cases where horses are very susceptible to injury (due to friction) and it will affect them greatly (in a negative perspective).
It also helps protect your saddle from abrasion due to sweat.
Available in many models with a variety of shapes and colors, there are pads for each equestrian discipline. An essential accessory in your horse’s equipment, it can also be a fashion accessory to match your clothes, or other equipment such as a fly bonnet, gaiters or shock absorbers, for example.
To choose your saddle pad, here are the 3 points to take into account:
1 – The size of the horse:
When choosing your saddle pad, don’t forget to consider the size of your mount. Horse / COB / Pony take a suitable size so as not to end up with a rug that is too long which covers the kidneys or too short which would create pressure and friction points on your horse’s back. You don’t know which size of equipment to choose? We’ll discuss about that at the next article. One thing is for sure. The size of the saddle pad greatly determines the comfort when riding with your horse.
2 – The morphology of your mount:
In order not to create a friction point at the level of your horse’s withers, its morphology must be taken into account. Indeed, if your mount has rather a small withers or a drowned withers with a straight back, straight pads will be more suitable, on the contrary if the withers are protruding, a pad with a straight line is preferred. Choosing a riding rug that is well trimmed at the front and at the back means doing everything possible to avoid the creation of pressure points on the withers or the spine. In this context, we recommend you to try Lemieux saddle pad.
3 – Your discipline:
Whether you ride in dressage, show jumping, riding or western riding, your disciple has specificities that require you to adapt your saddle pad.
In dressage, for example, the saddles have long quarters to accompany the descent of the leg.
You will therefore need to choose a long and wider riding pad to ensure that you cover all contact areas between your saddle and your horse. Be careful in competition your saddle pad must be white to enter the square.