Lovely horse and an equally lovely post.
It looks as if this pad is available in a variety of colours.
My favourite was always the blue but it now comes in six colours. The company stocking looks to be based in France, (link provided) but please see if this can be sourced if you do not wish to import.
I am not 100% familiar with this range. So I welcome any input readers may have to the following query.
My changeable pommel is D3 –
I have completely no idea what width it is (in cm) – could you please
explain it to me please? Gullets for this saddle are defined as
Gullet: K1, K2, K3, K4, K5. There is no “D” as in my saddle… I’ve
got problems also with ascertainment, if this one (D3) is suitable for
my horse. I don’t want it to be too wide or too narrow.
My last question is about the small plastic elements hidden between panels
and seat. I’ve never seen anything like this in regular saddles. Could
you please tell me how to properly use them? Can I remove them and if so
– what then will happened?
There are various dealers for this pad.
The Trekking pad and Profi pad have the inclusion of a seat. The seat supports the lumber section of the riders back and they have two designs offering this.
Material. The upper is a The upper material is from non slip velour leather and the bottom of the pad is made of a foam and with a special textile material resistant to the horse’s sweat, as well as in our riding pads. The pad is also perforated velour leather and the underside a perforated foam textile. Non stirrup design. No pad needed underneath, fits straight to the house.
They also have non seat designs with gel or just a basic. It comes in children’s and adult sizes. These pads are measured similar to a treed saddle. It is nice to see a company offering size options up to an 18″ seat as some pads are just way too long.
These are useful should you wish to change your set up. You can convert either way, English to western or Western to English. Usually these retail at about £30 and can be located directly from Cashel or various worldwide stockists.
I came across this company in Australia. Natural Horse World
They stock girth converters to allow you to change the western fitting to English fittings. This can work with any bareback pad. Up until now I had only discovered Cashel. I will be adding this to the useful links.
The ride on physio pads now come in more colours. Petrol, berry and royal blue.
I do not know which countries are stocking the new colours, so please contact Barefoot direct.
I have the original black with the reflective closure.
They have introduced a reflective pair that shines up in-car headlights. Ideally I don’t plan to be out riding if it’s that dark but on dull days the light grey will show up better than my current black, in combination with the other hi viz garments.
The weather is so changeable in an hour this will be a good addition to your wardrobe. These are great if you are likely to get caught in a light shower and as they are wind proof it keeps your legs that bit warmer.
Available from Amazon and some ebay sellers.
If anyone has an idea who made this please let me know. It was purchased from a seller in New York but it may or may not have started out in the states.
It is 22″ in length with a nice straight cut front. It has a sympanova type non slip base and a herculon top with Black Southwest/Nevada pattern. The top gives you a fairly secure feel to it. Lightly padded so ideal for those slightly rounder, plump cob steeds as it doesn’t remove your leg from them.
Optional fittings to add stirrups that I don’t like seeing on these products. Didn’t even attempt to use these.
Western latigo with rings requiring you to use a cinch knot as oppose to allowing you to add a standard buckle cinch. Nylon strap. This is the one big thing that let’s this pad down. Having those rings there ended up being underneath my leg. This is going to depend on your height and what you are riding but this was a reason to let this pad go.