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    02-06-2011, 10:05 PM
Personalized saddle pads?

I have a good sewing machine and was thinking of doing personalized saddle pads and selling them. Good, thick saddle pads are expensive (unless on sale of course) and you don't always find them in pretty colors.

I am not sure how much it would cost to make one, but I'd probably sell them at 20-25-30 each depending on the thickness and material (plus shipping if needed).

Also, all the ones I saw people make themselves and sell online seem a little thin. Is it just me? LIke they hardly seem thick enough to give the horse sufficient padding and comfort from the saddle. How thick should a pad be exactly?

I'll start with making myself one and maybe ask my trainer (who's also the barn manager) if I could put a sign in the tack shop that says I make personalized pads.

Is this even a good idea? I don't think it's crazy but I don't know how many people will buy them from me or if I'll have ANY clients in the end.

This is where I saw examples of pads I find not quite thick enough: (check the pics with kids on the horse) I just noticed one had a fleece pad as extra support, but the other didn't and well... I would never just put that. Of course it might just have been for the pic.

Froggies All Purpose English Saddle Pad 24 by thepamperedpony

Though I wouldn't use little kid patterns like shown in the link... the funkiest I would get to is something similar to the flowered one with the pink and white polka dotted border (which is really cute).

Ruffled Daisies and Polka Dots All Purpose by thepamperedpony

Thanks (I'll try to find some pics of saddle pad styles I would make)
Also if my plan works and they are nice, would anyone here be interested in buying some from me. I would use paypal and would post the choice of pads for sale. That way you can choose and know exactly what you're getting.
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    02-06-2011, 10:30 PM
This is an example of the kind of border I would do. Though I have many other ideas for borders but cannot seem to find any pictures on the net that are even close to what I imagine in my head... grr...
Well... at least it means I might be the only one with that sort of pad style in my head, which will make them unique lol. :P
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    02-06-2011, 10:40 PM
I'd get one! Instead of making a bunch and seeing if anyone would buy them, maybe you can take custom orders! People can tell you what they have in mind, and then you make that for them. I bet people would be willing to pay extra for that!

I also love that you're taking into consideration the thickness. I too prefer the thicker ones for the sake of the horse.
    02-06-2011, 10:55 PM
Sure I'd do that too! :) I would probably make a few styles and then people would mix and match the looks and tell me what color they want.

Ex: 3 different quilt finishing (like how big the squares are)
3 different ways of doing the border (and then you choose your color)
3 different thicknesses. (average (minimum thickness) thick, and extra thick if your horse has an old/sensitive back and you don't want to put 2 saddle pads and a gel. (I had to do that on 2 old school horses I'd ride at my old barn) a saddle pad, a fleece pad and a gel pad.

Hmmm, I might look into doing fleece pads too... with those nice fleece border... hmmm, would love one myself. (note to self: thaaank you mom for getting me a good quality sewing machine for my 16th birthday)

Regretfully I have no time to do any now, but I have 2 weeks of march break so I'll start then. Ohhh I can't wait for march break! It's only 2 weeks away. :}
    02-07-2011, 11:49 AM
Post pictures when you get some samples done!
    02-07-2011, 12:05 PM
I have a great machine too, that I paid $3K for just to do embroidery-but, won't do saddle pads.....they are too thick. ;-(

Good luck! It will not be easy unless you have a commercial machine, from my experience.
    02-07-2011, 06:09 PM
Ya I know it will be tricky but i'll figure it out. Worse case if it doesn't work out then I'll move on to something else. :P
Though my machine takes rather thick materiel. The other day I was sewing something and I was so scared my machine would die and not make it, but it handled it well. Worse case I won't do any quilting. Just the pad itself. :)
    02-07-2011, 08:57 PM
Mine just would NOT do monograms on a pad. And it sews thru leather. Oh well. Don't ride english anymore, so not a biggie with me. The onle machine I ever had that would sew horse stuff reliably was my grandmas antique singer. Only sewed straight, nothing fancy-not even reverse!
    02-07-2011, 09:26 PM
Ahh I understand! Ya the sewing machine I have now is a singer as well. A new version of course. :P
    02-08-2011, 07:53 PM
Well I was thinking about it, and although I don't think I would mind making a few saddle pads, most probably I would get fed up of making a lot of them to sell. So I thinking of something more simple... POlo wraps? The only thing worrying me is that there are a lot of people out there who sell homemade polo wraps or make them for themselves since they are so simple to do.

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