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post #1 of 7 Old 06-14-2019, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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DIY saddlepads

A few students at the barn have recently made saddlepads to sell, and I was wondering if anyone here has tried it. I can sew decently, and we do several fundraisers a year that I could donate them to. Just curious if anyone has suggestions. 😃
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-14-2019, 10:22 PM
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I was looking back at some of my lesson photos from my teen years, and I SWEAR my one coach was using towels as baby pads. I don't really remember that, but it doesn't totally surprise me. The horses seemed fine with it.

Doesn't exactly answer your question, but it's certainly one way to DIY!
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-14-2019, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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I was looking back at some of my lesson photos from my teen years, and I SWEAR my one coach was using towels as baby pads. I don't really remember that, but it doesn't totally surprise me. The horses seemed fine with it. <img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/shrug.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Shrug" class="inlineimg" />

Doesn't exactly answer your question, but it's certainly one way to DIY!
Ha! Way to go, coach! :'D
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-15-2019, 12:43 PM
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English pads? My friend makes her own with mattress pads she buys on sale. She sews an edging around the cut-out shape and voila! Cheap, easily-washed pad. Then her picky mare has a fresh, clean pad for every ride, and the expensive show pads are saved for shows and clinics.

I remember seeing in some older books that a clean, thick towel worked well as a saddle pad, because it was easily washed, and a well-fitting English-style saddle shouldn't need a pad for any reason other than to protect the saddle from sweat anyway. A somewhat-local Saddlebred barn uses towels under their saddles, too - you shouldn't see a pad on a Saddleseat horse, and a towel protects the saddle from sweat and is easily folded to the correct size. Be aware that a good, thick towel is key here, not some cheapo one from the discount store. A good towel will not wrinkle under the saddle.

I would not do a DIY western pad-- western saddles are designed to be ridden with a thick pad, and inadequate padding can really sore a horse.
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-15-2019, 12:57 PM
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In my early years riding, the late fifties and sixties people often used a bath towel as a saddle pad, and I did use some bath floor mats, not the rubberized ones you see today and they made good saddle pads a little thicker than a towel and easily washed.
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-15-2019, 06:49 PM
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If you want to make western pads of high quality like 5Star etc. you are looking for F10 wool felt e.g. https://www.thefeltcompany.com/f-10-...ick-x-72-wide/

If you look at the price tag on that grade of felt you will see why those pads aren't cheap.

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post #7 of 7 Old 06-15-2019, 07:35 PM
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^^^ Supplies to make my pulled wool saddle pad wasn't much cheaper.
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