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post #1 of 10 Old 03-21-2020, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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100% cotton saddle pad

Does anyone know where I could buy a 100% cotton saddle pad? Do they still make them? I googled, but all the "100% cotton" saddle pads I could find had synthetic foam inside, which to me makes them NOT 100% cotton. I keep wanting to try something that is 100%, I mean actually and truly, 100% made of natural fibers. I don't know about horses, but I feel a lot better when I'm wearing natural fibers.

I have heard people talk about using towels for this purpose, but that seems a little weird for some reason...

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post #2 of 10 Old 03-21-2020, 01:47 PM
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I assume you are talking about English pads. But a lot of us western riders use wool Mayatex blankets for that purpose. Might be huge under an English saddle though.


The wool blankets seem stiff when new, but after you wash them a few times they are very soft and more form-fitting than when new. And come in fun patterns. I love mine. If you can't find a cotton one, maybe try a wool blanket in Arab/pony size?
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Have you looked at Dover Saddlery?
https://www.doversaddlery.com/saddle...q100000012896/
They advertise cotton pads with cotton lining in many styles.
This particular one reads as all cotton...realize that this does not look to have any padding between layers, just top and bottom layer stitched together with diamond box-stitches to keep shape and reduce bunches made.
https://www.doversaddlery.com/quilte...04104148860140
If you are not looking for a padded saddle pad, just a thin layered one then baby pads of 100% cotton you can find for saddle protection, called the underlayment pad.
At one time you could find cotton saddle pads with cotton batting in the middle and cotton flannel on the underside all diamond stitch patterned together so no shift, bunch or wrinkle did your horse suffer from...not sure if they still exist today.
Once you figure out the terminology for what you seek, there are many available in many price ranges.

You do realize that if you are handy with a sewing machine you can purchase mattress covers in 100% cotton in all sizes that you then can cut and shape any way you want, all in white though
100% cotton mattress pads are thick with cushiony batting in the middle, but all material is cotton, no polyester! They're squishy to sleep on.
Cotton mattress pads you can buy online or I know I buy mine in TJMaxx stores cheap.
Yes, I made saddle pads...used a saddle pad shape and size I loved by tracing its shape to the cover leaving a 1/4" extra for stitching together.
I bought some pretty colored wide binding tape and some nylon wide webbing tape to make the girth hold straps and the straps that go to the billets to keep pad in position better. This I accomplished by doing a zig-zag and outline stitch to secure well to the pad.
Being handy with a sewing machine has some good payoffs at times.

My aunt has a embroidery machine that she did my initials on a square pad for me, looked great.
Just remember you need to do embellishments to the top layer of the pad first, then put it together and stitch it.
The saddle pad straps can also be done with Velcro so depending upon saddle slack can be given or removed for neater appearance (never tried that myself but see it advertised on some pads)
I know today in certain show classes a square pad is permitted/encouraged where the saddle pad is permitted to hold the competitor number...haven't yet figured how to do the plastic covering pocket yet though...

Happy shopping.
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@horselovinguy thank you! Thanks for the terminology! Now I know to look for a baby pad!
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Just make sure your saddle fit is perfect if all you are using is a baby pad. Also know how to put one on - they fit differently than a traditional pad. All of my saddles are fitted with an Ogilvy half pad in mind so it doesn't matter what thickness pad I put underneath unless it's super squishy.

Baby pads are longer on the spine and are shorter in length, so they typically don't cover much area. You fold a back at the wither before saddling up. I only use them in the dog days of summer if need be, as they are lighter.

Honestly I have never known a horse who had any adverse reaction to a normal saddle pad, they're used every day in every barn and they're made because they work.

Baby pads fall apart quickly, especially if you're washing them after every ride like you should. So get ready to invest a lot more than normal pads. I can get years out of the Dover brand pads (probably more now as they just updated them to be even more structured and a heavier duty material!), but baby pads are coming unsewn after about 6 months of good use.
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If you wanted to sew your own, would look into bedspreads that are all cotton. Much higher quality material and lots of fun colors. I know Bed, Bath and Beyond carries them.
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This is all making me wish I could sew. I tried sewing once. I was terrible at it. I'm sure it's one of those things were you just have to keep practicing, but I had no aptitude whatsoever...

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This is all making me wish I could sew. I tried sewing once. I was terrible at it. I'm sure it's one of those things were you just have to keep practicing, but I had no aptitude whatsoever...
Sewing machines are the answer!

I might have a cotton pad I could send you. Would not be new of course, but nice and sturdy. I haven't used my stash of Dressage pads in years.
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If you have one you aren't using, I'd love to have it! Just let me know. I will pay whatever you think it's worth...

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If you have one you aren't using, I'd love to have it! Just let me know. I will pay whatever you think it's worth...
PM me your address and I will send it to you. No charge.
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