Fancy Saddle Pads — are They Worth it?

Supracor pad

Although I am an admitted saddle addict, I am not a saddle pad addict. I know people who own multitudes of colors . . . have gel pads, riser pads, sheepskin pads, and correction pads. It’s come to the point where saddle pads now cost more than some of the saddles I’ve owned. I mean […]

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No Stirrups on Bareback Pads, Please

Riding bareback is fun, but — at least with my horses — adding a bareback pad makes it a lot more comfortable. The pad cushions the horse’s spine and withers, and often the pad will give you some purchase, especially if you use a pad that is made from suede. Riding bareback is great for […]

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Are Treeless Saddles for You?

Treeless saddles are all the buzz. While conventional saddles with wooden or fiberglass trees have reigned supreme for thousands of years (the first “treed” saddles appeared in 200 BC in Asia), during the last decade there has been a vocal movement toward treeless saddles. Some people claim they are more natural, a throwback to saddle […]

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