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Numnahs - Equestrian store Equishop

Saddle pads were designed to reduce the impacts on the horse's back and improve the saddle's position. Today, we have many different pads including those made of gel, natural fur, faux fur, corrective, memory, and foams. The pads are supposed to protect the horse's back muscles and to fill the spaces caused by tamping down by the saddle panels. Besides regular pads, there are also available corrective pads that would be perfect if you try to fit a saddle to your horse. Because horses' backs are so different in their build, you can buy pads that raise the back or the front of the saddle. There are also special pads that allow you to freely modify the pad according to your needs. (Possible to correct both the front and the back of the pad.)

Types of numnahs in the equestrian store Equishop

Gel pads work as shock absorbers that evenly distribute pressure and protects the horse's back from impacts. The best advantage of gel is its thinness that fits the horse's back and is no-slip. This model is very easy to maintain, all you have to do after a training session is to rinse it with running water.

Natural fur pads are the most popular type. It is a thick pad that excellently absorbs sweat and shocks. It is an anatomical pad that fits the horse's back. Because it has no filling along the spine, it does not squeeze the horse's vertebrae while riding. The material of which such a pad is made has anti-bacterial properties and is 100% natural. It does not endanger the horse's skin in any way. Pads made of natural fur can be washed in a washing machine with the use of proper detergent for wool. It is very important for you to remember that pads made of natural fur will narrow your saddle of one size. Sometimes it is best to consult picking a saddle with a professional saddlefitter.

Memory pads and foams were also designed to absorb shocks and evenly distribute the weight on the horse's back. These pads have spine channels that provide freedom of movements while riding. The models are very durable and easy to keep clean. Memory form pads prevent the saddle from shifting and the pads always return to their original shape.

While choosing a pad, you should remember about the saddle size you have and the brand that produced the pad. The most popular company, Mattes offer three different sizes of pads - S, M, and L. The S size is designed for saddles in sizes 15" and 16", the M size is for size 17" and the L size is for 18" saddle. Many other brands offer similar sizes of saddle pads.