Saddle pad and numnah care guide

1. What kind of saddle pads are there?

The collective term saddle pads means something different to every rider – depending on which saddle they use and which riding style they belong to. Saddle pads can be either saddle cloths, numnahs, half pads, western pads and western blankets. Originally, they had only one function: to protect the expensive saddle from dirt and sweat. In the meantime, the function of pads has become rather secondary in some cases. They have become much more of a fashion accessory.

In this guide, you will find out which characteristics a good pad should have.

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2. How do I care for my saddle pad correctly?

Saddle pads are available in a wide variety of materials. Depending on their composition, some are easier to care for than others. For example, not all saddle pads are suitable for easy cleaning in the washing machine. When caring for saddle pads, numnahs, ect, the choice of detergent is also crucial for the durability of the riding equipment and the condition of the horse’s skin. We have summarised here which detergents you can use when cleaning your saddle pad and how to proceed step by step.

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3. FAQ about saddle pad and numnah care

How often should a saddle pad be changed? How many saddle cloths can be washed in the washing machine at once? What happens if the saddle pad is not changed and cleaned often enough? How can expensive saddle pads with rhinestones be cleaned gently?

We answer these and more questions in our FAQ on the subject of saddle pad care.

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Horse with saddle pad, fly veil and bandages