This pad has arrived for me to play with. These are handmade in Kansas, USA.
I have only placed it on my horse to take photos. I believe the person I bought it from either kept it very clean or didn’t use it.
It comes in two parts. The base is a thin cotton numnah, this has a wool type felt underneath. It’s designed to keep your actual pad clean. It’s been designed in a way so as to not move or bunch up.
The pad comes in a variety of colours as does the numnah. The toast colour is quite nice for the top bareback pad.
The pad is well made and padded. Photo shows underside of the pad that sits on your numnah-blue.
It comes with 4 small d rings front and back. Some people add a breastplate on the front. The leather girth straps take a standard dressage or treeless girth.
Note the two large closed D rings. These are there to encourage you to put stirrups on. With closed rings I would ALWAYS use a safety stirrup, Swiss Clips or The Barnes Buckle (not made anymore but available secondhand). Now this is where things get interesting because as a rule I discourage the use of stirrups. People are concerned about the pressure points from the rings, but more so from the potential movement of the pad itself. You do not girth these up tight as you would a saddle. I have yet to sit on it so will be interested in how it rides non stirrup. But it’s “structure” is on similar lines to the non “structured” treeless saddles on the market.
As it stands I do like the pad 🙂
I have owned this Saddle Pad for three years now.
It is now ridden on a 13.2 round barrel mule that has no withers and a 15hh painted mare that has high withers, also previously ridden on a 16hh Purebred spanish with extremely high wither and a 12hh welsh pony. So as it being a Pad it has no problems on any horse.