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A single glance into any equine catalog will reveal a myriad of saddle pad choices. With different materials, different shapes and different claims to fame, it can be difficult to decide what one will best suit your saddle.

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Each material has its benefits and drawbacks. Here is a short list of the attributes of the most popular saddle pads:

Fleece

One of the most common materials used today, fleece pads can be either double backed, or fleece bottomed, and may be synthetic or wool. Natural fleece provides more cushioning, but synthetic fleece is longer lasting and easier to care for.

Felt

The hallmark property of the felt equine saddle pad is the material’s ability to draw sweat from the horse, which allows heat to dissipate. It is also a great shock absorber, and helps to relieve minor pressure points.

Neoprene

Waterproof and easy to clean, Neoprene pads usually feature a waffle-weave bottom which promotes airflow and breathability. They also provide good cushioning and reduce saddle slippage.

Foam

Foam distributes weight and absorbs shock. Additionally, it also molds to the horse’s back, creating customized comfort. They do not have any wicking abilities.

Gel

With features of both a solid and a liquid, gel will disburse impacts and will always return to its original shape. Heavier in weight and more expensive than foam, they are a good choice for riders who work multiple horses, since they do not conform to the back.

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Although horses do not speak English, they are certainly able to communicate with us, especially regarding poor saddle pad fitment. If a horse is experiencing pain caused by a poor fitting or defective saddle pads, there can be physical signs that may occur, such as:

o Sores under the saddle area

o White hairs under the saddle area (which can also indicate past damage done by a saddle)

o Friction rubs in the hair

o Scars or hard spots

o Dry patches on the back or saddle pad while the rest is dampened by sweat

o Dropping of the back when it is palpated

o Muscle atrophy on either side of the withers

Even if there are no physical signs, if your horse is behaving differently, it is wise to evaluate the horse saddle pad fitment as part of any exam. Behavioral signs of poor saddle fit can include:

o Hypersensitivity while being brushed

o Objecting to being saddled or cinched

o Fidgeting while mounting

o Uncooperative while being ridden

o Pinning ears, swishing tail and/or tossing head under saddle

o Reluctance to go forward and use the hind end

So, before you write your horse off as stubborn, uncooperative or ill tempered, first take a good look at his equipment.

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To get more information on cattle scales, cattle guards, or saddle pads, please visit Barn World.

To get more information on grain weight conversion, hog feeders, and hay feeders, please visit Barn World.

To get more information on bulk feed bins, livestock scales, and radiant under-floor heating, please visit Barn World.