Saddle pads have always been a big question mark for me. There are so many options, all of them claiming they do kind of the same things. How do you know which one will actually be the best choice for your horse?
I spoke to SaddleRight on the phone, and they were SO helpful, kind, and knowledgeable. Their pads are custom made, so you get the right size and style for your horse and saddle. After sending in photos of my horses back's to double check, and measuring the lengths of my saddles, I got to select my favorite color and my order was submitted!
Their Western pads can have so many fun color options. I went with my beloved burgundy with black wear leathers. My English pad is brown glove leather, but they also have a suede version where you can select colors. We've now been using these pads for about 9 months, and they pretty much look the same with just a little wear from the saddle on the suede!
Our Experience with the Pads
Since receiving our pads we have done tons of trail riding. I noticed a difference right away with Tucker, as he became less opposed to wearing a saddle. He prefers to be ridden bareback, but sometimes a saddle is just needed! I only recently bought a new treed saddle for Trubee, so most of our experience with the western pad has been with a treeless saddle. Trubee definitely moved out more freely with the SaddleRight pad. I got to experience the most forward-moving, wonderful trail horse that he's ever been as he got in amazing shape riding the mountain trails we lived by last year! I did use a Navajo pad underneath during this time, simply because my horses were insanely dirty all the time at this location.
Something that I appreciate about these pads, is how thin they are...they don't disconnect you from your horse like some super thick pads do. But they are not lightweight - they are actually shockingly heavy for how thin they are! The core material is so dense, that if you push on one spot, you will not feel the pressure on the other side at the point that you are pushing. They distribute the pressure, which is how they eliminate those pesky pressure points.
Now that we have a traditional saddle again, Trubee has felt amazing in the arena. I feel confident when I tack up that the SaddleRight pad is providing him the support and comfort that I would expect from such a well-established company. Did you know they have over 34 years of experience? For such a high quality product, I was really surprised I hadn't heard of them before! But I am also super out of the loop on most things in life, so it might simply be me living under my little rock!
Why We Love SaddleRight
So, here's a breakdown of what makes SaddleRight pads so special:
- The core material is guaranteed never to compress, deform or degrade
- The core material moves and recoils with the movement of your horse
- No memory foam, gel foam, or air bladders are used in their pads - these things actually significantly INCREASE pressure points on your horse
SaddleRight also offers a trade back program, where you can send your old SaddleRight pad back and purchase a new pad at 50% off. Pretty cool!
The material is also great to clean - I pretty much have only brushed off any dirt or sand.
Be sure to take a look around their website to learn more about what they can do for you: https://www.saddleright.com