I keep hair off my good saddle pad by using a cotton quilted "baby pad" shaped like either an english or western pad. They are made of cotton and you use them next to the skin before placing on saddle pad. Then you can just let it dry and brush or shake off the dried hair. Place into a washing machine and dryer. These are cheap and keep most dirt and hair from your good pad and can be found at many larger tack shops. I luv these!!! A friend had one, so I went out & bought the material & made my own.