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As the name suggests, a saddle pad is used by horse riders to cushion the horse's back from the saddle pressing against it. Besides reducing the risk of injury, this item also better distributes a rider's weight across the saddle while ensuring they are sitting in a good position.

Your horse's back works hardest when you are riding. Saddle pads help you make these activities less restricted so that your horse can train correctly and perform without suffering. Saddle pads are strongly recommended when jumping or going on long rides, as well as for sensitive horses or beginner riders.

There are three main types of saddle pad: wool, gel and foam. Woollen saddle pads are breathable and comfortable. They adapt fully to the shape of your horse's back. Gel pads, on the other hand, offer unrivalled cushioning and effectiveness. A foam pad will absorb even the slightest pressure in order to guarantee maximum comfort for your horse's back. There are plenty of other types of pads, so don't rush into buying one without a bit of research. Some models, for example, have honeycombed surfaces that massage your horse.

You should place the saddle pad between your saddle and saddle half pad so that everything is evenly distributed across your horse's back. Make sure it is away from the withers. You could also use a saddle half pad with a built‐in pad.