Contemporary standards of the Equestrian Sports place high expectations on the horse riding accessories. High-tech materials, developed for the use in different industries, finds new uses in the manufacturing of saddle pads.
EquineLUX professionals always stay on top of the industry trends, techniques, and technology. Using natural and synthetic materials along with the innovative technology is the only way to make a saddle pad work to the horse's and rider's advantage. Therefore, most of the EquineLUX™ Saddle Pad's models are designed with such materials as hypoallergenic 3-D SPACER Fabric, breathable NON-SLIP Mesh, HIGH RESILIENCE Foam, 100% COTTON Fabric, GENUINE Leather, and Merino SHEARLING Sheepskin.
The majority of horse riding accessories are made in China in accordance with one simple principle 'the cheaper the better'. Despite the fact that functionality of low-priced saddle blankets is technologically limited, they still remain in demand. As a general rule, this kind of cheap horse equipment grabs the attention of the beginner riders, who strive to save some money.
Another widespread belief is that a saddle, if properly chosen, can always fit well. However, the horse's age, lifestyle and certain drawbacks of professional training, may result in losing or gaining fat or muscle mass, improving or degrading horse's body condition. This leads to obvious problems with the fit of the saddle, which can in its turn result in "cold back" problems.
A true professional would have a tendency to take such factors as breathability, shock absorption, comfortable fit, and moisture wicking and evaporation into account when purchasing saddle pad and half-pad. When the saddle is properly fitted with a SHOCK-REDUCING™ Non-Slip Saddle Pad with POCKETS with cushioning shims, it will be interacting with a horse's back through a kind of body-shaped buffer.
Made from totally breathable, ultra light-weight, super fast-drying 3-Dimensional SPACER fabric and equipped with set of open-cell High Resilience open-cell foam shims, this innovative Saddle Pad allows for the overall weight to be redistributed over a larger area. This combination of the high-performance materials reduces impact on the pressure points and provides efficient shock absorption. This effect can be prolonged by timely adjusting the positioning and thickness of the shims within and around of the problem areas on the horse's back.
The use of SHOCK-REDUCING™ Non-Slip Saddle Pad with SHIM POCKETS compensates for most of the common saddle fit problems. However, it must be done conscientiously, so that none of the shims interfere with saddle fit. This is especially important if a saddle tree is too narrow. Adding an excessive number of shims may result in incorrect balance and poor centering of the rider causing undue pressure in the front or the back of the saddle.
Nevertheless, a properly fitting saddle and a SHOCK-REDUCING Non-Slip Saddle Pad with POCKETS for specialized or custom-made shims in conjunction with ComfortLUX™ SHEEPSKIN Non-Slip Half-Pad can make a big difference, the one between happy, quality performance and painful, miserable horseback riding.