The Best Close Contact Saddle Pads

Apr 5, 2018

After 5 weeks of testing 7 excellent close contact saddle pads for durability, comfortability, and design,  we’ve concluded that the Best Close Contact Saddle Pad that pairs the best with all close contact saddles and keeps you and your horse feeling comfortable is the Matrix T3 Sheepskin Competition Pad. The soft sheepskin paired with durable/comfortable quilted cotton and impact protection inserts make this a unique and amazing close contact saddle pad.

CHAMPION

Matrix T3 Sheepskin Competition Pad

Best Close Contact Saddle Pad

The Matrix T3 Sheepskin Competition Pad is designed to protect and support your horse’s back muscles without interfering with performance.

Coming in as our blue ribbon champion and Best Close Contact Saddle Pad is the Matrix T3 Sheepskin Competition Saddle Pad. This saddle pad is designed to protect and support your horse’s back muscles without interfering with performance. The spine area has a velcro opening to add impact protection inserts which is an amazing and unique feature of this pad. The full-sizes Competition series are designed as all-in-one pads that offer the protection of half pad but do not require a liner. The Sheepskin lining is contoured and extends down over the shoulder muscle instead of bisecting and it allows the horse’s muscles freer range of motion. The top is 1″ square quilt and high quality, breathable batting, with a poly/cotton lining. The pad is made out of a breathable, non-slip fabric that keeps your saddle securely positioned, but is also anti-friction to avoid heat buildup. Typical non-slip materials like rubber scrims use friction for grip which creates heat and can lead to galling. The Sheepskin is 100% Australian sheepskin eco-tanned in New Zealand to stringent environmental standards which minimize toxic and harmful chemicals. It has been approved for use in the medical and infant care industries and carries the AWI Woolmark. A Merino cross with over 1″ pil, it offers superior pressure relief and weight distribution. Overall, an amazing and unique saddle pad with its own set of unique features.

RUNNER-UP

Toklat SuperQuilt High Profile Close Contact Pad

Best High Profile Pad

The Toklat Super Quilt High Profile Close Contact Saddle Pad features a high-quality polyester fleece top which is combined with a thick layer of breathable/wickable polyester batting quilted to a brushed 100% cotton fabric.

Coming in as our red ribbon runner-up for “Best High Profile Pad” is the Toklat Super Quilt High Profile Close Contact Pad. A great combination of fabrics make this an extremely popular saddle pad. The high-quality Medallion polyester fleece top is combined with a thick layer of breathable/wickable polyester batting quilted to a brushed 100% cotton fabric. Unlike saddle pads that use foam fillers which retain moisture and heat, the SuperQuilt will wick away moisture and ventilate constantly to keep your horse’s back cool. High profile contour fits comfortably over withers to relieve pressure. 

RUNNER-UP

Lettia CoolMax Contour Close Contact Pad

Greatest Value

With the Lettia Cool Max Contour Close Contact Pad you can your horse can be cool and comfortable both at home and at shows.

Coming in as our yellow ribbon runner-up for “Greatest Value” is the Lettia CoolMax Contour Close Contact PadLettia has added the popular CoolMax material to their contoured fleece pads. Now your horse can be cool and comfortable both at home and at shows. This pad is also extremely durable and easy to wash making a great pad for ease of use. Coming at such a low price, you won’t find a pad this good at this price range, making this a must-have.

RUNNER-UP

Shires Performance Supafleece Jump Saddle Pad

Stylish Design

The Shires Performance Supafleece Jump Saddle Pad offers a cutback, close contact design with a luxury look.

Coming in as our white ribbon runner-up for “Stylish Design” is the Shires Performance Supafleece Jump Saddle Pad. This excellent saddle pad is a cutback, close contact pad with a luxury look. Trimmed in sheepskin-like SupaFleece with a highly absorbent underside for superior comfort under the saddle. It also has smart style features that give it a stylish look and specialized fabrics for a unique feel, secured with touch close girth straps and elastic insert retaining straps. 

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