Saddle Pad Storage: The Right Way

November 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Saddle Accessories, Saddle Tips

Does this sound familiar? You come in from a ride and unsaddle your horse. Your saddle pad is wet with your horse’s sweat, so you flip it upside down and place it on top of your saddle to dry out.

That’s what I used to do. That is, until I got a good talking to from a cowboy who knew better.

He told me there were two reasons why that technique was a really bad idea; bad for both the saddle, and the saddle pad.

  1. Leaving a sweat-soaked pad setting on a saddle allows the nasty sweat to permeate the saddle. There’s nothing about horse’s sweat that’s good for a saddle.
  2. Turning a saddle inside out does no good at all for a pad. You want your pad to conform to the shape of the horse’s back. Turning it inside out forms it into the opposite shape.

The best way to store a saddle pad – best for your pad, best for your saddle, and best for your horse – is to place it on a saddle pad rack.

Now, a “saddle pad rack” can be an official, store-bought, fancy-dancy saddle pad rack.  Or it can be any improvised rack – a fence rail, the back of a bench, a 2×4 hanging from a wall.  Be creative, but get that pad hanging on a rack.

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