What is the purpose of a saddlepad?

The purpose of a saddlepad, also known as a saddle pad or horse pad, is to provide cushioning and protection to the horse's back while riding. It is a thick pad that is placed between the horse's back and the saddle, serving multiple functions to ensure the horse's comfort and well-being.

One of the primary purposes of a saddlepad is to distribute the weight and pressure of the saddle more evenly across the horse's back. When a rider sits on a horse, the saddle creates a point of contact that can potentially cause discomfort or even pain if not properly cushioned. The saddlepad acts as a barrier between the horse's back and the saddle, reducing the direct pressure and preventing any potential soreness or rubbing.

Another important function of a saddlepad is to absorb sweat and moisture. Horses naturally sweat during physical activity, and the sweat can accumulate under the saddle. A saddlepad made of absorbent materials, such as cotton or fleece, helps to wick away the moisture, keeping the horse's back dry and preventing skin irritation or chafing.

Furthermore, saddlepads can also provide additional padding and support in areas that may need extra protection. Depending on the horse's conformation and the type of saddle used, certain areas of the back may require more cushioning. Saddlepads can be designed with specific padding or inserts to provide targeted support where needed, ensuring a comfortable fit for the horse.

In addition to functionality, saddlepads also serve aesthetic purposes. Many riders choose saddlepads in various colors and designs to match their riding attire or to make a fashion statement.

Types of Saddlepad:

Dressage Saddlepad: 

A dressage saddlepad is designed specifically for the discipline of dressage. Its primary function is to provide cushioning and pressure distribution, ensuring the horse's comfort during training and competitions. One popular choice among dressage riders is the white saddlepad. The white color not only reflects tradition but also allows judges to easily assess the horse's back movement and detect any irregularities.

GP Saddlepad: 

A GP saddlepad is able to provide excellent shock absorption. This is particularly beneficial for riders who frequently engage in activities such as jumping or galloping, where there is an increased impact on the horse's back. The saddlepad's shock-absorbing properties help reduce the risk of injuries and ensure a smoother ride for both the horse and the rider.

Close Contact:

The close contact saddlepad is designed to be lightweight and thin, allowing the rider to have a closer feel of the horse's back. This close proximity enables the rider to have a more direct and responsive connection with the horse, enhancing their riding experience.

In conclusion, the purpose of a saddlepad is to enhance the horse's comfort, protect its back from pressure and friction, absorb sweat, and provide additional padding and support. It is an essential accessory for riders of all disciplines, ensuring the well-being of the horse and allowing for an enjoyable riding experience.

Cavaletti Collection offer a branded white saddlepad in a range of sizes and have saddlepads for a range of equine disciplines.