Gel, lambskin & memory foam

Saddle pads & riding pads

Saddle pads are placed under the saddle to prevent pressure points and to protect the horse's back. Saddle pads can also be used to temporarily compensate for saddles that don't fit properly.

Does it make sense to use a saddle pad?

Using a saddle pad is a good idea if you want to relieve the strain on your horse's back even further. The material used in saddle pads absorbs shocks from the rider and reduces the pressure on the horse's back.

A saddle that does not fit correctly, for example during the development phase or on young horses, can be corrected by using a correction pad. There are gel pads that are slightly raised at the front or back and thus align the saddle correctly again.

Important when using a saddle pad: the chamber of the saddle must not be too tight or press. So clarify the use with your saddler.

The horse's back is particularly stressed in show jumping or endurance riding. A relieving saddle pad is a good idea here to protect your horse's back from pressure points or impacts. Beginners who are not yet well balanced should also use the saddle pad so as not to disturb the horse's movement and create unnecessary pressure.

Alternative to the saddle

Riding cushions and riding pads

The biggest advantage of a riding pad is that you can feel back movements better. Riding pads are also very light and have thick padding, which can be very comfortable for the horse's back. The close contact with the horse's back also allows you to improve your seat, leg and weight aids, as you can feel the horse's movements better. The bareback pad is also suitable for children and beginners, as it trains balance on the horse's back.

The riding pad is particularly suitable for rides at a walk or short training sessions. Since a riding pad does not have a saddle tree, you should ride without stirrups to avoid pressure peaks on the stirrup attachment. The pressure is well cushioned by the thick padding of the riding pad, but you should not sit on the pad all the time or for very long. A suitable saddle is better for show jumping, very long rides or intensive training sessions. You should also put your own body weight in relation to your horse's musculature. A riding pad is generally not suitable for heavy riders (over 90 kg). If the horse's back muscles are well developed, you have a good seat and you only do short laps, you can use a lambskin saddle or a physio pad.