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
(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.