“It fitted well, without bulk, and the padding at the girth was great for my sensitive mare. Even after long rides it didn’t make her sweat up and still gave clearance under the saddle. It washed very well and still looks like new.”
WOW Supercool saddlecloth
Thin, 3D fabric that wicks and cushions.
Black, white, grey, bright red, orange, blue or dark red
Full in dressage or GP/jump
The verdict: “Easy-care, thin cushioning with good wicking qualities.”
“Fitting the pad was quite tricky, so I appreciated the instructions, but it stayed in place well and didn’t make my horse sweat up, although I’d prefer the binding to be a bit softer. Hair brushed off easily and the pad was very easy to clean.”
PS of Sweden Preppy Charlie saddle pad
Shiny white cotton with silver details and quick-dry lining.
Cob or full
The verdict: “Smart and well-fitting, but a magnet for loose hair.”
“It looked really smart and fitted well over my horse’s back. The fabric lost a bit of the gloss over time, but it’s still in good condition, with no bobbles or shrinking. It wicked away sweat well and kept my horse cool, but loose hair tended to stick to it, so it needed lots of washing.”
Schockemöhle Sports Dynamite saddle pad
Cotton outer with a quick-dry inner.
Brown, black, navy, grey, stone or white
Full in dressage or jump
The verdict: “Good cushioning, but quite hot, so best for cooler days.”
“The padding is quite thick, so offered good cushioning under the saddle, but my horse was quite hot and sweaty on warmer days. It dried very quickly, but after a lot of washes it now doesn’t sit as flat to his sides. The hair didn’t stick and the colour hasn’t faded at all.”
MicroPerformance+ saddle pad
Anatomically shaped with mesh for sweat absorption and breathability.
Black, white or navy blue
Full or cob
The verdict: “Smart and hardwearing, good for horses with low withers.”
“It was very good at wicking away moisture and keeping him cool, washed well and didn’t shrink or bobble. However, loose hair stuck to the inside and was difficult to remove. It was a better fit for my horse with low withers.”
Bucas Max pad
Layered with antibacterial fabric that helps remove sweat and moisture.
Black/silver, navy/silver or white
Full in jump or dressage
The verdict: “Smart and well-fitting for general use.”
“It’s really smart and fitted well without moving. It didn’t trap the heat, so was great for intense work. I was disappointed that the branding meant I couldn’t use it for competing at some events, so would like the option of a plain one.”
“The neoprene cushioning was thick enough that I didn’t need to use a half pad and it stayed firmly in place. It washed well without the fabric shrinking and the fur is still soft, but it was quite difficult to get all the hairs off the fabric.”
Catago Diamond saddle pad
Dirt-repellent fabric with a soft, wicking lining and Velcro straps.
Black, brown, navy, red, grey or white
Pony or full in dressage or GP
The verdict: “Quick-drying, cool and comfortable.”
“It was an excellent fit and didn’t slip, even when used for jumping. It was very breathable and quick-drying, so my horse stayed cool and comfortable under the saddle. It got a bit hairy, but washed well and still looks smart.”
Rambo saddle pad with vari-layer
Extra fill under the saddle with a high wicking inner.
White, black, navy or brown
Pony/cob or cob/horse
The verdict: “A good alternative to a half pad, but can slip.”
“It wicked away sweat well and the thicker padding in the saddle area meant I didn’t have to use a half pad as I normally would. Hair brushed off easily, it was washed well and dried surprisingly quickly. It could slip if I wasn’t careful with the placement.”
Caldene GP saddle pad
Satin fabric with wicking properties, ergonomically shaped with a reinforced girth section.
Pony, cob, full, extra-full
The verdict: “Great for high withers, with a stand-out design.”
“The fit was excellent for my very high-withered horse and it didn’t slip or move around. The material wicked away sweat well and loose hair brushed off easily. The design is quite striking, which I liked, but it may not be to everyone’s taste.”
LeMieux ProSport Suede saddle pad
High wither, elasticated D-ring tabs and girth protection, with bamboo lining.
Benetton blue, teal, navy, beige, burnt orange, green, black, berry red or grey
Small/medium or large
The verdict: “Smart, luxurious pad with a great fit.”
“It was a great fit, sat up in the gullet of the saddle and the D-ring tabs were easy to secure. The lining did a good job of wicking away sweat and I loved the luxurious feel of the tactile suede outer.”
Passier breathable saddlecloth
Quilted with an open-pore material to reduce accumulated heat and dampness.
Blue or white
Full in dressage or jump
The verdict: “Excellent wicking qualities, but tends to get hairy.”
“It didn’t move at all while riding. The material was brilliant at wicking away moisture and keeping him cool, even though it was quilted. It dried really quickly after washing, but it was difficult to get rid of all the hairs.”
Horze River all-purpose saddle pad
Contoured shape with a cotton lining and foam polyfill inner.
White or dark blue
Pony or full
The verdict: “Good spine clearance and smart-looking, but can slip.”
“It sat well on my horse’s back and stayed up in the gullet. It didn’t make him particularly hot and the hairs didn’t stick to it. There is a slight shine to the outer fabric and if I didn’t do the girth straps up tight it could slip back while I was riding.”
HKM Porto saddle pad
Shaped to protect pressure points.
White, red wine, green, deep green, baby blue, corn blue or deep blue
Pony or full in dressage or GP
The verdict: “Good value for a hard-working saddle pad.”
“It’s well-padded, but still felt lightweight and the cut sat well under my saddle. The lining was good at wicking away sweat, although my horse still sweated up a bit after faster work. Any hair brushed off really easily and it washed really well.”
WeatherBeeta Performance all-purpose pad
Mesh spine with a PVC girth patch.
Light blue or white
Pony or full
The verdict: “Good value and durable enough for everyday use.”
It was a really good fit under my GP saddle and sat well over my horse’s withers. The soft edges didn’t cause any rubs. It’s very lightweight and didn’t make him overly hot. It washed brilliantly, dried quickly and still looks really smart.
Fouganza Jump saddle pad
Honeycomb sponge padding to wick away moisture and sweat.
Burgundy, green, turquoise or blue
The verdict: “Cushioned fill with a good fit, but hair stuck to it.”
“It fitted perfectly under my 17.5in saddle and never slipped or moved while riding. However, my horse got quite sweaty and it collected a lot of hair, which was difficult to remove. It dried quickly and hasn’t bobbled or shrunk.”
Rhinegold Elite vented saddle pad
Ventilated padding with a vented spine.
Colour: Black, brown, grey, navy, red or white
Sizing: Pony, cob or full
The verdict: “A well-fitting, good-value pad for everyday use.”
“It stayed in place well and left no marks or rubs on my horse’s coat. Even after fast work he wasn’t sweaty under the pad and the Velcro girth straps made it easy to fit. Loose hair tended to stick in the material, but it washed well, with no colour run or fading.”