Poll Recap: Shopping for Saddle Pads

Most respondents said their horses’ comfort is the most important factor when choosing a saddle pad.
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Saddle pads come in all shapes, sizes, materials, and colors. But what is the most important thing you look for when shopping for a saddle pad? We posed this question to our readers in last week’s online poll. More than 650 people responded, and we’ve tallied the results!

Of the 660 respondents, 503 (76%) said the most important factor is that the saddle pad is designed with their horse’s comfort in mind. Another 100 respondents (15%) said it was important that the pad helps their saddle fit their horse and/or them better, and 38 individuals (6%) found it important that the pad keeps the saddle clean and protects it from sweat. Four respondents (1%) said they do not use a saddle pad, and the remaining 15 respondents (2%) had other important factors not mentioned in the poll.

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Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer, is a lifelong horse owner who competes with her Appaloosas in Western performance events. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Communications and Leadership Development, and master’s degree in Career, Technical, and Leadership Education. She currently lives on a small farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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