Saddle Pad Overview Video: There are a lot of different saddle pad types available!

Saddle pad overview video


Barn World carries a large selection of saddle pads 5 Star equine as well as cinches and breast collars. We also have sheepskin saddle pads and covers for horse tack protection and equine style.  All of the cinches and breast collars we offer are made from 100% mohair and provide the maximum amount of comfort, performance and durability.

Our wool saddle pad selection is made from more virgin wool than any other 100% wool pad.  This allows for 3 times the compression protection than synthetic neoprene pads and gives more even weight distribution and impact absorption.  These 100% wool pads offer 4 times the wicking ability to eliminate moisture and heat buildup to provide riding comfort and protection for both horse and rider.  It it also allows for soft and durable easy cleanup.

When looking through a variety of saddle pad styles and types available I came across a neat little video from Equestrian Neightion, a nice play on words, on YouTube by Howcast.  It  gives a quick overview and basic overview of the different types of saddle pads available.  Check it out here:



Types of saddle pads

Saddle pads come in a variety of shapes and sizes and each has a specific use or function.  Selecting the right equipment will ensure that both you and your horse or pony will be comfortable and prepared to work.

Here are some common options:

Contoured or shaped pads – made of fleece or sheep skin, these pads are cut to the saddle shape and are used for horse showing and Hunter and equitaion classes.

Square pads – are popular for dressage, and are permissible for jumpers and cross-country.  Examples of these pads include aroma pad, an ideal choice for everyday riding.  This is an all-purpose pad used with both saddles and can be used in competition.

Baby pad – a lightweight every day schooling pad often used in conjunction with corrective pads.

Corrective pads – typically used in addition to another saddle pad.

Gel pad – reduces impact and shock to the horses back providing a cushion between saddle pad and horse.

Riser pad – creates added lift for the back of the saddle.

Half pad – provides protective cushioning, impact absorption and uniform weight distribution of the saddle.

Cashel pad – relieves pressure points on the horses back and withers.

Wither pad – provides back protection by relieving pressure on the spine.

Bareback pad – used for casual riding without a saddle.  The bareback pad allows for a comfortable area where the writer can sit.  The pad also provides a less slippery alternative that sitting directly on the horses back

Saddle Pads from Barn World – the highest quality saddle pads from 5 Star Equine


5 Star saddle pads from Barn World

Barn World carries the highest quality saddle pads available.  All of the equine pads we offered are one-hundred percent wool and are uniquely designed to ensure they provide the best in saddle pad performance and comfort for both you and your equine partner.
Check out this video from the owner of 5 Star detailing how much quality goes into a 5 Star saddle pad and why it is so much better than the competition’s and remember to visit for all your livestock supply needs.

From the video:
A lot of gimmicks can be strapped under a saddle to get one benefit or another, but man has yet to create a product that outperforms virgin wool, and over the long haul, virgin wool content felt pads will outperform any other type of pad or blanket hands down.  5 stars 100% percent wool contoured saddle pads conform immediately to your horse’s back for perfect fit.  Our F-11 wool felt has the highest virgin wool content available and offers 3 times more compression protection and wicking ability than any other pad on the market.
While the importance of compression protection is pretty clear given the dominance of rubber, bubble wrap and space age jelly saddle pads today, only high quality wool felt offers great compression protection while simultaneously wicking away moisture.  That wicking action is the means by which heat is dissipated under the pressure of the saddle.  The best compression protection, coupled with the best wicking ability, translates to the best performance from your equine partner.
When you consider the amount of money one might spend on feed, tack, vet bills and entry fees to pursue your equine passion, a saddle pad with all the ingredients for maximum performance is essential.
While the big ships full of cheap goods leave a toxic trail all the way from Los Angeles to China and back, 5 Star is producing the highest quality products right here in the USA.

Saddle Pads: a quick overview of 5 Stars saddle pad, cinch and breastcollars


Saddle Pads at Barn World

Here’s a quick video overview of 5 Star saddle pads , breast collars and cinches:

Remember that Barn World is more then livestock supplies and cattle guards!  Visit today for all you horse and rider equine tack needs and check out our large selection of cattle guards too.

Saddle Pads are all 5 Star Quality at Barn World

Saddle Pads from Barn World:  A saddle pad for all types of riding

English wool saddle pads

No other saddle pad or saddle blanket is necessary with the 5 Star Contoured Saddle Pad. Double padding creates movement and slippage of the saddle pad and saddle. This slippage is usually compensated for by overcinching. The contoured fit of our pads means a limited need for cinching with minimal saddle movement. Square cut pads do not follow a horse’s back contour. This can cause injury.

5 Star manufactures and markets the World’s Finest saddle pads and cinchas (cinches) for your horse and is the original designer and developer of the “Western Contour” saddle pad concept. The specially designed 100% Wool Contoured Pad actually FITS your horse’s back, relieving unnecessary pressure.

The 5 Star Contoured Saddle Pad is the original Western contour saddle pad with “a true French Curve backline and withers slope.” Special attention is given to wither height, backline variance and hip placement which results in a GREAT FITTING SADDLE PAD that conforms to the shape of your horse or mule. This conscious effort in design has produced a pad that fits most breeds of horses and mules without “break-in” fitting.

Top quality, pressed, high density 100% WOOL FELT is the base pad component, with 5-6 oz. wear leathers on the sides and top line. This wool felt is manufactured to strict specifications, using the highest quality virgin wool (90%), blended with recombed wool (10%) which allows for the highest degree of protection and economic benefit.


Marketing of saddle pads has become big business. All one has to do is make a web search and you will find over 15 pages of manufacturers. Each saddle pad company puts various marketing emphasis on their products. Emphasis ranges from comfort, fit, durability, ease of cleaning, cooling, compression protection, performance, close contact, blood flow to animal’s back and the list goes on.

The unique structure of wool fiber allows it to be pressed together with heat and steam to form a dense mat of FLEXIBLERESILIENT and elastic fiber, called felt. This ALL-NATURAL material has kinetic properties which enables it to ABSORB MOISTURE and WICKS it to drier areas as the concentrations increase. This wicking is what assists in HEAT REMOVAL.

No other saddle pad or saddle blanket is necessary with the 5 Star Contoured Saddle Pad. Double padding creates movement and slippage. This slippage is usually compensated for by overcinching. The contoured fit of our pads means a limited need for cinching with minimal saddle movement. Square cut pads do not follow a horse’s back contour. This ca

5 Star’s 100% Mohair Cinchas (cinches) are hand laced to top quality hardware for theSAFETY AND COMFORT of your horse.

Visit for all of your saddle pad needs.  Barn World carries everything from English saddle pad to extra thick contour saddle pads and everything in-between.

Handmade cinches from Barn World – a 5 Star Cinch

Barn World carries 5 Star cinches for your equestrian cinch needs.  The handmade cinches make them one of our most popular items.

Handmade equine cinches make the 5 star equine cinchBarn World favorite

The World’s Finest handmade, all-natural, therapeutic 100% Mohair equine cinchas fit our philosophical position of what is right for horses and mules. Cinch cord is an 8-ply, 100% Mohair cord. The cord is hand laced onto flat buckles and rings. Mohair has been known for years to have the same therapeutic and comfort value as 100% wool felt.

5 Star equine cinches use BORK FLAT BUCKLE HARDWARE, in TUMBLE or POLISHED FINISH. Bork Saddlery Hardware Co. is the finest and oldest saddle hardware company in the United States. The bronze rings and buckles are made of an alloy offering high tensile strength and corrosion resistance. The FLAT HARDWARE keeps the horse’s flesh from “rolling over” and pinching as with roller and round hardware.

All 5 Star cinches are made in the USA.

Visit today for our complete 5Star product line and all of your equine cinch needs.