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Saddle Pads

Saddle pads have been used for a long time to help buffer and support the weight of the saddle and rider on the horse. HorseTackOnline offers you a wide selction of materials, colors, shapes and sizes of all our famous brands of saddle pads. We offer the full line of Weaver Leather saddle pads, Abetta saddle pads, and Reinsman saddle pads.

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Weaver
SADDLE PAD 1" FELT BK
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This machine washable saddle pad is made entirely  100% polyester felt with no filler! It shapes to your horse's back for a great fit. Measures 30" x 32".


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Reinsman

Square Contour Saddle Pad - Fleece

Reinsman's Contour Pad is designed to better fit your horse. These pads are made with soft, colorfast herculon or microsuede tops that won't fade! Inside, an absorbent 1" felt cushions and breathes. Genuine wear leathers are coordinated to compliment the color. Heavy fleece bottom.

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Reinsman

Square Contour Saddle Pad - Tacky Too

Reinsman's Contour Pad is designed to better fit your horse. These pads are made with soft, colorfast herculon or microsuede tops that won't fade! Inside, an absorbent 1" felt cushions and breathes. Genuine wear leathers are coordinated to compliment the color. Heavy fleece bottom. Reinsman's exclusive Tacky Too® bottom is a non-slip material that is anti-bacterial, ventilated, pressure distributing, shock absorbing, and deceptively tough and durable. It does not pull or collect the horse's hair nor does it trap heat or sweat. Reduce sore backs and saddle roll! Low maintenance, easy to clean and quick drying.

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31" X 32" Felt Saddle Pad W/Rubber Center in Prints
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Reinsman

Square Contour Saddle Pad - Fleece

Reinsman's Contour Pad is designed to better fit your horse. These pads are made with soft, colorfast herculon or microsuede tops that won't fade! Inside, an absorbent 1" felt cushions and breathes. Genuine wear leathers are coordinated to compliment the color. Heavy fleece bottom.

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Reinsman

Square Contour Saddle Pad - Tacky Too

Reinsman's Contour Pad is designed to better fit your horse. These pads are made with soft, colorfast herculon or microsuede tops that won't fade! Inside, an absorbent 1" felt cushions and breathes. Genuine wear leathers are coordinated to compliment the color. Heavy fleece bottom. Reinsman's exclusive Tacky Too® bottom is a non-slip material that is anti-bacterial, ventilated, pressure distributing, shock absorbing, and deceptively tough and durable. It does not pull or collect the horse's hair nor does it trap heat or sweat. Reduce sore backs and saddle roll! Low maintenance, easy to clean and quick drying.

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Abetta Aire Grip High Profile Pad Absorbs the Shock of Competition. Reduces Slipping. Antifungal-antibacterial. Construction: Rugged, Nylon top with Aire Grip breathable lining and Neoprene Shock Foam Bars. Wear Leathers: Oversized Acu-Letha wraps. Size: 31" x 32" x 1" Colors: - Black, Blue or Hunter Green

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Abetta Aire Grip Navajo Pad Absorbs the Shock of Competition. Reduces Slipping. Antifungal-antibacterial. Construction: Thick, 3/4" Saddle Felt, Nylon bound Aire Grip breathable Shock Foam lining and Navajo blanket top. Wear Leathers: Oversized Acu-Letha. Size: 32" x 32" x 1" Colors: Black/Gray, Black/Red, Brown/Tan, Blue/White, Burgundy/Tan, Natural/Hunter Green, Red/Black.

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Abetta
Breathable Aire Grip® lets air flow to horse's back to keep cool and dry. Shock absorbing Neoprene top with saddle felt lining, nylon bound edges and...
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Abetta Aire Grip Shock Pad Absorbs the Shock of Competition. Reduces Slipping. Antifungal and antibacterial. Triple thick, Aire Grip breathable shock foam with nylon bound edges. Oversized Acu-Letha wear leathers. Colors: Black only

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Abetta Corona Show Pad Thick fleece cover with wide Corona trim and washable foam center Colors: Black, Brown, Fluorescent Lime, Fluorescent Pink, Purple, or Red

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Saddle Pads

A saddle blanket is a woven blanket, usually made of wool, which is folded and inserted under a Saddle in order to absorb sweat, cushion the saddle, and protect the horse's back. While saddle blankets have been used for millennia with all types of saddles, today they are usually associated with the Western saddle

A Saddle pad, is thicker, usually with layers of felt, foam or other modern material sandwiched between a tough outer cover on top and a soft cover on the side in contact with the horse. The best designs absorb shock and minimize fatigue for the horse's back muscles. A pad or blanket cannot take the place of a properly fitted saddle, but a pad with shims or a special design can partially compensate for minor fitting problems. Saddle pads of various styles or shapes are used with any type of saddle.

Designs for Stock saddles

Both blankets and pads are used with western saddles, the Australian Stock Saddle and other saddle designs that feature a solid tree and cover many square inches of a horse's back. The standard stock pad is square or slightly rectangular, and is designed to show under the saddle, providing both protection and style. These pads come in many colors and designs, and at horse shows may be color-coordinated to the rider's attire.

Designs for English riding

English saddles usually use a shaped pad, called a numnah in the UK and Australia. The original purpose of the English saddle pad was simply to protect the saddle from dirt and sweat, as the panels of the English saddle provided the necessary padding and protection for the horse. It was a simple pad, either a neutral shade designed to be nearly invisible under the saddle, or, more recently, white, and shaped to fit the outline of the saddle. Today, English style pads are also used to alter the balance of a saddle and to compensate for fit problems. In addition, square pads, called saddlecloths in the UK and Australia, have become a popular style for eventing, show jumping and dressage, in part because of the ability to add insignia to the corners. They are also popular with children and casual riders because they are available in a wide range of bright colors.

There are additional new types of English saddle pads such as the "riser" pad, which is thicker in the back than the front. Other pads are made with an opening to allow extra room for the withers of the horse, some are shaped to compensate for swayback, and many modern "space age" materials are used, such as gel or memory foam to absorb shock, and modern synthetic materials with wicking properties to absorb moisture.

Other designs

A hybrid design that is a cross between a saddle blanket and a horse blanket, called a quarter sheet, is a larger blanket placed under the saddle but which covers the horse from shoulder to hip while riding. Quarter sheets are sometimes used in cold weather to keep a horse's muscles loosened up when warming up for competition, or on horses that may have to stand around when under saddle and run the risk of stiffening up if their muscles get chilled.

History

When the horse was first domesticated, the saddle blanket was the first and only piece of equipment placed on a horse's back, attached with a strap or rope, used primarily to protect the rider. Over time, the blanket developed into a pad, and later the pad or blanket became a buffer and support for a saddle.

References

Wesley, Erica D., McCullough, Elizabeth, et.al. "Performance Evaluation of Western Saddle Pads." Evaluation of modern saddle pads by researchers at Kansas State University, published online at TheHorse.com, accessed April 11, 2007