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You’ve been putting off replacing your worn and torn saddle pad, but the time has come to retire the tired old pad, relegating it perhaps to a new life as a bed for your farm dog. You pick up a copy of the latest horse supply catalog and are immediately confused and overwhelmed by the many different choices of saddle pads now available. You want to purchase the pad best suited for your horse; but it is hard to decide which type of pad is preferable. What material should you choose? What shape? You toss the catalog back onto the table and walk away aggravated and perplexed. It shouldn’t be this hard!

Before making that purchase, it is good to understand the purpose of the saddle pad: to provide your horse comfort and cushioning for the saddle, to prevent dirt, sweat, or other debris to accumulate on your horse’s back, and to remove moisture and heat. The conformation of your horse’s back also comes into play when selecting the best pad.

One general rule to always remember: No saddle pad is going to correct the problems and pain caused by an ill-fitting saddle. Always make sure your saddle properly fits your horse. Some folks will add an extra pad under the saddle, thinking this will make the saddle fit better; however, this only compounds the problem much like wearing an extra sock in an already too-tight shoe. Keep in mind that at first a new pad under an ill-fitting saddle will appear to work well; however, it does not take long for the pressure points to return and cause soreness in your horse’s back.

Saddle pads are constructed from several different materials. The most common saddle pad, and least expensive, is a heavy cloth pad with a fleece bottom. The fleece may be synthetic (man-made) or natural (wool). Fleece pads are superb for wicking away moisture. Both synthetic and wool fleece pads need to be cleaned regularly to keep dirt and sweat from accumulating within the fibers and breaking the material down. Synthetic fleece normally has a longer service life than wool fleece pads.

One step up from the fleece pad is the felt (compressed wool) pad. Felt provides good shock absorption, as well as the moisture wicking ability of the wool. Felt pads keep your horse’s back cool and dry as it has a sponge effect of pulling sweat into the pad. Felt pads clean up a little easier than fleece pads.

In recent years, saddle pad technology has introduced neoprene, foam, and gel saddle pads. These pads can be a little pricey, but they do have some good attributes, such as shock absorption and letting air move easily to cool your horse’s back. Easy cleaning and stability are an added bonus. These pads can be hosed off with water and allowed to dry. Saddles do not slip easily when they rest on these pads. Gel pads provide extra shock absorption for your horse. Sometimes the new technology couples with the old, and you can find neoprene or foam pads with fleece or felt.

The conformation of your horse’s back will define the best shape a saddle pad should have to provide an ideal fit. If your horse has low or mutton-chopped withers, choose a normal saddle pad, one without build-ups or inserts. A round-skirted, contoured pad would best fit a horse with a short back and high withers. If your horse has a short back, choose a round-skirted saddle pad. A high-withered, long-backed horse would be more comfortable with a built-up, contoured or cut-out pad, which are all designed to relieve pressure in the withers area.

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Horsemen and women invest millions of dollars around the world every year to ensure safety for themselves and their horses. State of the art products, expensive saddles and other innovative tack are commonly found in stables everywhere. Safety is the most important issue when riding so we want to have peace of mind that we are using the right protection, whether it is for ourselves or for our horse.

The Nexgen Acugel saddle pad uses Latex inserts to prevent any damage to the horse’s back. It has a thick layer to cushion the saddle and rider’s weight. The surface touching the horse has bumps to create air flow and ‘provides great orthopaedic spine support by dynamically confirming to every contour of Horse back and offering a perfect balance of comfort and support to the horse spine’ according to the manufacturer’s website. This product seems to be the perfect invention for your horse and you but my experience with this product has changed my mind dramatically.

While doing Endurance training with my mare, I used the Nexgen Acugel saddle pad along with a Wintec Isabelle Worth dressage saddle with ‘Cair Panels’. We were doing strenuous work which could have caused catastrophic damage to my horse if she wasn’t protected correctly. After reading about all the benefits of this new product, I borrowed it from a friend, thinking that this was the ultimate protection for my horse. She seemed to go well and looked very comfortable with the saddle and pad so I was very happy to know my horse was safe.

After I finished training the next week, my mare seemed sore in the back. We put out to spell and kept an eye on her. In the next few days, small white dots appeared on her withers and happened to be in the pattern of the Nexgen Acugel saddle pad.

We have racked our minds over this and can’t find any other cause other than the Saddle Pad. Her back is fine now but it has taken quite a while to get her back in action. The white marks are permanent and aren’t nice for her appearance. While consulting a person who has also tried this product, she replied “ Yes, they tend to do that”. Apparently, I’m not the first to have this happen.

I’m not saying, “Don’t try it! It will ruin your horse.” I’m really just notifying you of my experiences with the Nexgen Acugel saddle pad asking you to be careful if you so decide to try it. Good luck with it!

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Spring Valley, CA – The new SMx Air Ride saddle pad from Professional’s Choice delivers a ride that is unsurpassed in its smoothness for both horse and rider alike. It utilizes the latest technology to produce a pad that is not only shock absorbent and lightweight, but also breathable – one that epitomizes the Professional’s Choice motto, “The more comfortable the horse, the better the performance.”

Professional’s Choice is showcasing the SMx line with a newly designed and eye-catching 100% wool Navajo blanket on the Western Show Pad, which comes in nine new colors. It not only looks great but is extremely durable, while the merino wool lining helps to wick away moisture and the all-natural fibers are comfortable for the horse. However, you can now get any of your favorite Air Ride pads in the new SMx version, including the All-Around and the Charmayne James Signature Barrel Pad.

A new, patented padding material made up of thousands of tiny beads allows air to circulate in every direction resulting in accelerated heat and moisture evaporation, making it highly breathable. Your horse will feel less heat and cool off faster, increasing overall performance.

This revolutionary new padding also has a unique shock absorbing ability. Excess energy from impact is deflected throughout the pad and away from the horse’s back. It actually relieves pressure from the most sensitive area of a horse’s back and distributes the weight of saddle and rider evenly over the entire pad. This prevents pressure points from forming and gives an even, comfortable ride, not only for the horse, but for the rider as well. In fact, in some cases it even makes it more comfortable for the rider’s back.

Of course, Professional’s Choice made sure that the SMx Air Ride was rigorously tested under the most strenuous conditions. The results surpassed all expectations. The patented shock-absorbing features also make the pad compression-resistant even under the most demanding use. Durable and extremely long lasting, it may just be the longest lasting saddle pad you’ll ever buy!

The results obtained from this pad were so excellent that Professional’s Choice has backed it up with a 60-day money back guarantee and a one-year warranty (though we think anybody purchasing the new SMx Air Ride will be so pleased that they’ll have no cause to use them). If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your new pad you can return it to its place of purchase and receive a full refund.

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Size and Fit:
A properly fitting pad will extend at least one inch beyond the saddle on all sides. This means that you should choose a pad that is at least 2 inches longer than the length of your saddle and 2 inches wider than the width of the underside of the skirts. A smaller pad won’t provide enough protection and can result in sores. A pad that’s too big can cause problems, too by creating excess heat and bulk.

Care:
Before each use, inspect your pad for burs, twigs, hay or other annoying things that will drive your horse crazy rubbing on his back while you ride. Think about walking around with a stone in your shoe all day. In between use, a pad needs to air out and dry completely. The best solution is to have a bar or something that you can hang the pad on. The worse thing you can do is to place the pad with the horse-side (sweaty side) down on top of your saddle. This delay drying and also transfers the moisture to your saddle. That’s just gross. If you have no other option, lay the pad with the horse-side up on your saddle. A pad needs to be cleaned regularly. Dirt, hair and sweat builds up quickly on a pad and becomes an irritant to your horse.

Some Additional Tips:
Different riding activities call for different types of pads. A roper needs maximum shock absorption. A cutter, who won’t be riding for long periods, needs only a thin blanket so that close contact is maintained. A barrel racer needs a rounded pad that’s very light. An endurance or pleasure rider needs a lighter, highly breathable pad that helps distribute the rider’s weight evenly. Like saddles, different uses require different saddle pads. Many riders mistakenly believe that the thicker the pad the better. This is a common mistake. Too much bulk under the saddle makes the saddle unstable and interferes with your contact with the horse. It also increases the amount of heat generated and the chance that you’ll have a fold or bunched up area that will cause discomfort and a sore.

Wear leathers are small strips of leather sewn onto the edge of the pads to protect against wear from the rubbing of the stirrup leathers. These are a nice addition, but shouldn’t be too thick or they’ll interfere with contact with your horse.

”Self-conforming” is a current buzzword in saddle pads. Many pads now have gels and liquids inserted to cushion and conform the pad to the horse’s back. While there are some great new technology pads out there, the concept is definitely not new. Wool and mohair are great self-conforming materials and they’ve been around for ages.

Some pads have a “cut-away” design, where the pad has a cut out for the withers. This is an especially nice option for high-withered horses that might find a full pad rubbing on the withers uncomfortable.

The bottom line remains that the better your saddle fits, the less important the saddle pad will be. Start with a good fitting saddle, add a quality pad, and you’ll have a great outfit.

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The new TRP from Passier distinguishes itself from conventional pads by means of the two special recesses that sit over the sensitive rearward part of the trapezius muscle. These oval recesses provide demonstrable pressure relief. Furthermore the pad encourages better activity over the back and relaxation, as well as promoting good muscle development it can also be used as a preventative measure against over-sensitive reactions to the saddle.

RRP £115
One size fits all
Colour – White

For further Information please
visit www.rimarmarketing.co.uk

Notes to Editor

The TRP has been tested at the renowned Graf-Lehndorff-Institute for Equine Sciences at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Vienna and found to have a clearly positive effect. The studies confirm that use of the pad leads to relaxation and improved suppleness of the horse in all gaits as well as having a positive effect on the horse’s well-being and ability to perform.

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Here’s a quick tip for keeping your saddle pads clean and comfortable for your horse. Many people prefer to use a very thin “sweat pad” underneath the regular pad, made of an easily washable and absorbent material that absorbs the sweat and keeps your pad clean.

If you use a thicker pad that is hard to wash in a machine, you can periodically curry it with a metal curry comb to remove sweat and hair or you can take it to the car wash and hang it where you would normally hang your car mats to give a high-pressure wash. Make sure to rinse it very well and leave plenty of time for it to dry thoroughly in the sun.

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Aptos, CA, (May 18, 2003) – EquiPedic, Inc. has enhanced its line of saddle pads that regulate the surface body temperature of horses. These new endurance and English pads are made with Holofiber™, a break-through responsive textile that has been shown to increase the transcutaneous oxygen levels in the human body by 8-12%. These pads will debut at the Western States Horse Expo on May 31, 2003 in (venue). Equipedic’s patent-pending technology that combines phase change material, and the advanced pressure-relieving material from Tempur-Pedic, Inc. has now added Holofiber, a proprietary patent-pending textile that works with the body’s own energy system to increase oxygen levels, build strength and accelerate muscle recovery. Holofiber is manufactured and marketed by Hologenix, LLC in partnership with Wellman, Inc.

The Equi-CHARGE Oxygenated Energy Recovery System™ (OERS) uses Holofiber to increase transcutaneous oxygen levels. The statistically-significant increase of blood flow and increased oxygen levels was demonstrated in a double blind study on diabetic and vascularly-impaired patients performed by Dr. Lawrence A. Lavery, MPH at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, IL earlier this year. Dr. Lavery stated, “The significant changes observed are very compelling for this type of product. An 8-to-12% improvement in skin oxygenation could increase marginal circulation enough to improve wound-healing or eliminate ischemic (localized tissue anemia due to the obstruction of inflow of arterial blood) pain …”. Extensive equine testing is continuing to validate comparison between human and equine results, and to determine added benefits.

The combination of Equi-CHARGE OERS, the EquiKOOL™ Temperature Management System and the Tempur-Pedic advanced pressure-relieving material can turn the saddle pad into an active cooling, rapid energy recovery, and comfort management system that is unmatched in the industry. These saddle pads can actually lower the body surface temperature of the horse for extended periods while protecting its back. Additionally, the pads are orthopedic, anti-slip, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and machine washable.

The system provides the ability to keep horses 4-to-7 degrees cooler for extended periods of time, can increase transcutaneous oxygen levels in the area under the saddle, and gives the horse superior comfort levels. “These unique features can give the rider and the horse an extraordinary advantage when performing, especially in endurance, 3-day eventing, and hunter/jumper events”, said Richard Sacks, EquiPedic’s CEO.

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BioFit Saddle Pad Classic Equine’s New BioFit™ Correction Pad Answers Age-old Saddle Fit Problems

The new BioFit ™ Correction Pad from Classic Equine offers real solutions to common saddle fit problems. The Bio Fit ™ features a build up strategically positioned to fit behind the horse’s scapula. The build up is soft enough to conform to varied conformations, yet offers the added support necessary to fill void spaces under the saddle. By eliminating uneven pressure points, horses stay sounder and remain in competition longer.

Classic Equine’s Bio Fit ™ saddle pad is a great remedy for issues where the saddle tips forward and collapses on the spine or shoulder. It also helps even out saddle pressure on horses with high withers and sunken in areas behind the scapula.

This missing muscle mass often seen just behind the shoulder blade can be the result of a number of causes such as ill-fitting saddles, confirmation, or simply a diminishing topline due to old age. No matter the cause, The BioFit ™ Correction pad by Classic Equine can help keep your horse more comfortable and improve his performance.

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West Grove, PA – May 31, 2011 – News has already spread rapidly in the horse community about
a catastrophic fire that killed six horses in three-day event rider Boyd Martin’s training program at
Phillip Dutton’s True Prospect Farm at 12:30am this morning.
In response to the tragedy Martin’s sponsor ECOGOLD donated six saddle pads, one for each
horse lost in the fire, with 100% of the proceeds going to Martin. All six of the saddle pads were
sold within a short time of the sale being posted on the ECOGOLD Facebook page, and in light of
the outstanding show of support, ECOGOLD is offering an unlimited number of saddle pads for
sale until Friday, June 3rd, with 50% of the profits going to Martin.
“In these situations, you feel powerless to help and at lunchtime, we decided that the best way for
us to honour Boyd and the horses lost would be to donate one saddle pad in each horse’s
memory,” said Patricia Da Silva of ECOGOLD. “We are truly devastated by the news. A tragedy of
this magnitude would be horrific no matter who was involved, but in this case, it hits very close to
home as Boyd is one of our sponsored riders and we know his team well.”
Thanks to the efforts of Martin’s assistant riders Caitlin Silliman and Lillian Heard, as well as Ryan
Wood, who works for Phillip Dutton, five horses were led to safety: Neville Bardos, Otis Barbotiere,
Catch a Star and Ambassador’s Rose are currently being treated at the George D. Widener
Hospital for Large Animals at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center for treatment in
Kennett Square, PA for injuries sustained in the fire. Silliman and Wood lived in the barn and
Heard was visiting for the night.
The following horses could not be evacuated and perished in the fire: Call Me Ollie, owned by Faye
Woolfe and ridden by Martin; Charla, owned by Ron and Densey Juvonen’s Henley House Farms
and ridden by Martin; Ariel, owned and ridden by Lillian Heard; Phantom Pursuit owned by
Kimberly Golden and ridden by Abbie Golden; Cagney Herself, owned by Bonnie Stedt and ridden
by Martin; and Summer Breeze W, owned by Anne Hennessey and ridden by Martin.
The outpouring of support from the equine community has been overwhelming.

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5 Star Saddle Pads …100% Wool Felt Contoured Saddle Pads. Why Settle for Anything Less?

5 Star Saddle Pads are the original Western contour saddle pads with “a true French curve back line and withers slope.” During the development process, 5 Star saddle pads paid special attention to wither height, back line variance and hip placement. As a result, a contour was specifically designed to fit the back contour of most horse breeds in today’s riding world.

Why 5 Star Saddle Pads use wool felt.
5 Star Saddle Pads use 100% pressed wool felt, 90% virgin wool, combined with 10% recombed wool. This mixture allows for the greatest combination of wool and economic benefit. 5 Star uses 40% more virgin wool than any other wool felt pad. The unique structure of wool fiber allows it to be pressed together with heat and steam to form a dense mat of flexible, resilient and elastic fiber called felt. 5 Star saddle pads use felt because this all-natural material has kinetic properties which enable it to absorb moisture and wick it to drier areas. Wool felt offers four times greater wicking ability than synthetic pads and wicking assists in heat removal. Additionally, research has shown that wool felt saddle pads, like those made by 5 Star, provide the best compression protection. In fact, wool felt offers three times the compression protection than synthetic neoprene pads. 5 Star Wool Felt pads will give you 2000+ hours of maximum riding protection. However, please remember that no saddle pad can ever completely compensate for improper saddle fit.

No overcinching!
Because no additional saddle pad or blanket is necessary, Five Star Saddle Pads can improve saddle fit. Double padding often creates movement and slippage, which is usually compensated for by overcinching. The contoured fit of the 5 Star saddle pad means limited need for cinching with minimal saddle movement. Standard square cut pads do not follow a horse’s back contour, resulting unnecessary pressure and improper saddle fit and causing your horse pain and injury.

No breaking in!
5 Star Saddle Pads are specifically contoured for a horse’s or mule’s back. A cut out (2½” x 5”) at the wither provides gullet cooling. 5 Star saddle pads are constructed with a leather spine and wear leathers. These saddle pads are 7/8” thick and are a great all-around pad, recommended for trail riding, team penning, cutting, reining and barrel racing.

Many Styles and Colors.
We offer several styles of 5 Star Saddle Pads, each in four colors: natural (grey), black, green and red.

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