You may be wondering what we’re talking about when we say “protection.” Saddle pads are an essential part of any equestrian experience, because they protect both the horse and the saddle. The saddle pad keeps your horse’s back free from sweat, dirt and grime. These elements can damage or wear down your saddle over time, so it’s important to keep it protected by using a good quality saddle pad. It will also prevent any soreness or stiffness caused by pressure points on the back or sides of your horse.
In addition to keeping your equipment in good condition, having a nice looking pad helps give you pride in how well-cared for everything is! Saddle pads come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on how much bulk you’d like between yourself and your mount (and whether you prefer leather or synthetic materials). They can also come in different colors so that yours matches with other parts of your riding ensemble—or just for added style points!
Proper storage is just as important as proper care. We have a few tips to help you keep your tack room in tip-top shape.
- Use a saddle rack or hooks to hang your saddles and bridles, keeping the straps out of reach of curious kids or pets.
- Keep your tack room dry, dark, clean and cool (the temperature should be around 70 degrees F). Anything that has come into contact with manure should be cleaned thoroughly before being stored in the tack room.
- Keep all materials stored away from pests like mice and rats – if they can find it they will eat it! Also make sure there are no holes where spiders can get in!
Keep these things in mind when deciding on how to organize your space: safety first!
Buying in Sets
A saddle pad is a must-have for both the rider and their horse. The ideal saddle pad should be of equal quality to your saddle, preferably made from the same material. It should also match in color and feel of the leather, if this is possible. The best way to find out whether or not a particular brand makes quality products is by searching online reviews or asking an experienced friend who owns one or two pieces from that company already.
If you want something more fancy than just a simple cotton pad, then by all means go ahead! There are many different styles out there including ones with embroidered designs on them (which we think looks nice), fleece lining inside so that they are soft against your horse’s back (although some riders prefer not having fleece inside because it doesn’t breathe well), etcetera…
Tailoring is the act of making alterations to an existing garment. Tailors may work with ready-to-wear garments or custom design their own clothes. Many tailors will also do repairs, alterations, and most other types of mending.
There are several ways to have a tailor make a saddle pad for your horse: you can send them your pattern, they can create one from scratch, or they can modify one that you already have in hand.
Aesthetics and Weight
Horse tack has a wide range of styles, from the traditional look to the fancy. If you want your saddle to match the theme of your horse’s tack, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to make it match exactly. In fact, many people choose saddles with different colored panels or decorative embellishments that accentuate their own personal style. However, if you’re looking for something more traditional, most saddlers will be able to provide one that fits your needs perfectly.
The weight of a saddle is also an important factor in choosing one. The last thing you want when out on a trail ride or competing at jumper shows is having a saddle weighing down on you while trying not fall off! Some saddles are specially designed so they weigh less than others (though obviously these tend not offer as much padding). Also check into finding some lightweight pads – this way there won’t be any extra bulk underneath either!
Best Quality Materials
You can’t go wrong with leather. You will find that it is the most comfortable, durable and stylish choice for all your horse riding needs. Whether you’re buying a saddle pad or a saddle blanket, you’ll be able to choose from many different types of leather including cowhide and buffalo. The best way to ensure that your saddle blanket stays in good condition is by washing it regularly using cold water at 30 degrees Celsius and then drying it outside in the sun on a clothesline rather than inside a tumble dryer.
The benefit of choosing leather over synthetic materials like nylon or polyester is that natural skins are breathable which means they help regulate body temperature when riding outdoors during different seasons throughout the year – keeping you cool during hot weather but warm enough when temperatures drop during winter months – making them an ideal material for equestrian enthusiasts worldwide who live in areas where there’s plenty of sunshine one day but snowfall another!
When choosing between synthetic materials such as nylon or polyester versus natural skins like cowhides/buffalo hide etc., always keep in mind what kind of activities (riding) will be involved along with how much exposure these items need before they become worn out? If it’s just once-a-month rides around town then any type will do but if this hobby becomes more frequent then consider investing into higher quality materials like leathers because they last longer than their counterparts due to its durability qualities.
Proper Care of Saddle Pads and Blankets
The primary objective of a saddle pad or blanket is to protect the horse’s back from sweat, chafing and rubbing. If you take proper care of your saddle pads and blankets, they will last longer and be more effective at protecting your horse’s back. The following tips will help you maintain the longevity of your pads:
- Clean your pads immediately after use with soap and water prior to drying.
- Dry at least one hour before folding up for storage (if possible) using an old towel/rag as it will soak up excess moisture that can lead to mildew growth in damp areas such as under trees or near barn walls which could cause stains on surfaces where they are stored if left too long in contact with them during storage periods between uses while still wet – this applies equally well when storing other types of materials such as leather tack!
A little bit of time and some simple products can make your horse riding equipment last a long time.
It’s important to keep your equipment clean and dry. Store it in a dry place, away from rodents and insects, as these may leave their droppings behind on your equipment.
Saddle pads should also be kept clean and dry at all times for the same reasons. Do not leave them in the sun or let them get wet as this can cause mold to develop on them which will affect their lifespan significantly.