A saddle pad protects your horse’s back from friction that could be caused by a saddle rubbing directly on your horse’s hair and skin. It also helps to protect the saddle leather by absorbing some of your horse’s sweat. If your saddle fits well, you’ll require only a simple saddle pad. In fact, if you add too much bulk with saddle padding, you can cause the saddle not to fit and create pressure points which can be very uncomfortable to your horse. If you have challenges with your horse’s back—such as high withers or sore spots—or if the fit of your saddle is not perfect, you may need to use specially designed saddle pads to alleviate or at least lessen the severity of the problem. The type of saddle pad you choose depends in part on function and of course, your riding discipline.
Learn how to choose the right saddle pad
Dressage saddles have an upright seat with straight, long flaps to keep you upright with your back and shoulders in line. The width of the dressage pad should correspond to the length of your saddle seat; it should cover your horse’s back under the saddle with a bit of pad visible in front of the pommel and behind the cantle. The amount of pad you see is up to your personal preference and the needs of your horse. The length of the dressage pad corresponds to the length of the saddle flap. The saddle pad should be long enough to cover the side of your horse under the saddle flap; you should see a bit of pad below the tip of the saddle flap. Again, the amount of pad you see here is up to your personal preference and the needs of your horse.
Please take a look at our Therapeutic Dressage Saddle Pad
Our unique saddle pads utilize far-infrared emitting fabric. This Fabric keeps back muscles supple and relaxed. Our saddle pads help harmonize bodily functions safely and naturally stimulating recovery time, promoting blood circulation, increasing oxygen flow, and ultimately reducing pain and stiffness. The materials are breathable with wicking qualities and water resistant for easy cleaning. All of our saddle pads, except our fitted show saddle pads, have a built in natural spine that sits off of horse’s back and withers for enhanced mobility.