Saddle Pads: Great Saddle Pad Overview video

Saddle pad overview video

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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 Pad Construction Video from 5 Star – a Barn World favorite!

Saddle Pad Post from Barn World

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Here’s a great saddle pad overview presented by one of the owners of 5 Star on why these saddle pads provide such high performance and wicking ability:


In the last 20 years the industry has come up with using every conceivable kind of thing out of the auto industry and space industry that was never intended for use in horses.  Everything from gels to foams to freezer linings all of these have zero or next to nothing as far as good quality and compression protection and absolutely zero in wicking ability and the agents that are needed for wicking sweat and heat away from the horses back.  Pressed industrial felt is the only thing that has really been proven over time to have the high quality wicking ability and high compression ratio for horses. 5 Star has 3 times the compression ratio of any other pad on the market and has 2 times the wicking ability of any close competitor in the felt industry as far as pads are concerned.
So why is 5 Star so good?  5 Star uses the highest quality virgin wool content in their felt.  Only through the use of high-quality virgin wool, can you have a high-quality compression ratios and the high wicking quality you can get.  Add to that,5 Stars established French curve that will fit any horse backline that settles in to create high-quality performance.  5 Star is a pad that will last forever, kind of like an old sweater that you snag and you throw away so that you have a chance to get a new one.  Nothing makes it simpler for performance and making 5 Star the best pad in your tack room.

Remember to visit Barn World for all of your saddle pad and equestrian supply needs.  We carry a full line of cinches, breast collars and even sheepskin pads for all of your riding fund.

Sheepskin saddle pads from Barn World – the best in equine saddle tack for horse and rider

Sheepskin saddle pads provide excellent comfort and performance for both horse and rider.  Sheepskin is used in almost any application where a premium is put on protection and comfort and equine tack and saddle pads are no exception.

Sheepskin equine pads offer over 3,000 fibers/sq inch and each of those fibers act together to provide a soft shock absorber to provide extreme comfort and wicking abilities as well as preventing from chafing or rubbing.  The provides cool and comfortable riding while protecting from unnecessary wear and discomfort on your horse.

Another benefit of a sheepskin saddle pad is that they are an insulator of static electricity that can be caused by friction when riding your horse.  It’s a natural byproduct of the riding environment and the motion of the horse and rider.

Saddle pads made of sheepskin also absorb sweat and can release it to the air more quickly than non-natural saddle pads.  It is inherently gentle on the skin and it contains lanolin.

Equine saddle pads made from sheepskin are easy to clean and dry by simply hanging in fresh air.

All-in-all, sheepskin saddle pads are an excellent fit for comfort and performance.

Visit Barn World today at to view our large selection of sheepskin saddle pads.

Barn World Post: Saddle Pad Cleaning for all 5 Star Saddle Pads

Barn World Post: Saddle Pad Cleaning – a necessity for clean equine tack

Cleaning your 5 Star saddle pad is quite easy as the pad is made from 100% wool and is extremely durable.  With standard care, your pad will last two thousand hours or more.

To being, get your saddle pad wet with clean water.  When you spot a soiled area, just rub in a circular motion with your fingers or a rubber curry comb.  You may use a gentle detergent to remove stubborn stains if necessary.  When finished, just hang  your pad and allow to dry.  It’s important to remember that the pad should not be laid on it’s back to dry.  You want to maintain the natural shape of the pad by avoiding leaving it upside down to dry.

It really is that easy.  The saddle pad is made with 100% wool using steam, heat and pressure to remove any concerns about distortion or shrinkage when you clean your own pad.

Maintaining Saddle Pads


You should periodically use a rubber fingered or flat curry comb with your 5 Star saddle pad cleaning sponge (free with every new pad) to prevent the hair and dirt from building up under the bottom of your saddle pad.  An occasional brushing will do the trick on your equine tack.  When using the sponge, use a circular motion on a dry pad and wipe the dirt and hair off of the sponge as it builds.

If you pad has a heavy build up of dirt and sweat, use the rubbered finger curry to loosen it up, but be gentle so you’re careful not to cut the felt.  As it comes up, use a vacuum to remove the grim and dirt from the saddle pad.

Keeping your saddle pad clean will allow it to breath and pull moisture away from your horses back.  Your saddle pad is one of your most important pieces of equine tack and should be kept clean for a great riding experience

This will keep the old hair and dirt from collecting and working it’s way into the pad.  This interferes with the ability of the pad to breath and pull moisture away from your horse’s back.


It should only be necessary to wash your equine tack saddle pad after around one hundred hours of use.  Of course, if your saddle pad begins to feel hard or ‘bulky’ on the shoulder or loin areas, it’s time to clean your tack.  When washing, avoid using soap as it may leave a residue that could irritate your horse.  When washing, move from the center to the outer edge of the pad in every direction.  A preferred method is to hang the pad by the gullet hole and rinse from the center outward.  As you go, you may want to rotate your saddle pad so the dirt will be carried away and you won’t be just soaking the pad.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO NEVER LAY YOUR SADDLE PAD FLAT TO RINSE IT OFF.  This will only push the sweat salts and dirt into the pad.  To dry, hang the pad by the gullet hole or lay over a rail to help maintain it’s natural shape and contours.  Never lay the saddle pad on it’s back as that’s the best way to help it lose it’s shape, will stretch the leather and may damage the lacing on the inside of the pad.

Once it’s dry, you may ‘loosen’ it back up by flexing the pad in the areas that may seem stiff.  This will also help restore the compression protection and loosen the felt up again to help breath and wick away moisture.

Visit Barn World and view our large selection of saddle pads, equine tack and livestock equipment.

Designer Series: Get jazzy with splints, boots and head bumpers

Designer Head Bumpers

Designer Head Bumpers

No-turn Bell Boots

No-turn Bell Boots

Designer Splint Boots

Designer Splint Boots

The 2010 Designer Collection from Davis is a great way to liven up your splint boots, bell boots and head bumpers in style.

The Davis products have consistently been forerunners in durability and easy maintenance and their new designer line is no exception. Through the development of a PVC impregnated fabric process, we are able to provide the same durable and easy clean surface as all other Davis products.
The Davis designer line series is available in the Head Bumper, Splint Boot and No-Turn Bell Boot only. Each item features their original product characteristics with the addition of the easy-clean PVC impregnated fabric surface.

BarnWorld also offers 5 Star Equine saddle pads with zebra stripes and giraffe print leathers. We also have horse splint boots and no-turn bell boots in zebra patterns. They are the latest addition to the fashion for horses of designer, glitter and neon colors.

Barnworld has a great selection of wool saddle padssheepskin saddle pads, cinchas, breastcollars, horse boots, jumping boots, head bumpers, jowl sweats, tail wraps and dressage cones. Visit our website at for the latest selection and all your equine equipment needs.