Qual­ity Wool Sad­dle Pad

Trail Rider - - TRAIL & CAMPING GEAR -

De­scrip­tion: The square-skirted Roper 5 Star Sad­dle Pad from 5 Star Equine Prod­ucts is made from 100 per­cent vir­gin wool felt, which of­fers mois­ture-wick­ing, easy-clean­ing prop­er­ties and also helps to sta­bi­lize the sad­dle with lim­ited cinch­ing. Wear leathers re­in­force the withers, to­pline, and girth ar­eas for pro­tec­tion and dura­bil­ity. Mea­sur­ing 32 inches wide by 30 inches long, the pad works es­pe­cially well with shorter sad­dles. The pad comes in four thick­ness op­tions, from one-half inch to one inch, and is avail­able in nat­u­ral, black, cin­na­mon, and dark cho­co­late. The tester: Cate Lamm, The Trail Rider’s ed­i­to­rial as­sis­tant, a long­time horse owner and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive trainer. Test re­sults: I tested The Roper 5 Star Sad­dle Pad on my 16-hand draft-horse cross, Banjo. Af­ter mea­sur­ing my sad­dle, I found that this model left the rec­om­mended one to two inches of ma­te­rial around my sad­dle’s outer edges.

When the pad ar­rived, I was im­pressed with its thick­ness (seven-eighths of an inch) and tough, durable feel. The wool felt high qual­ity and was soft, not scratchy. I also liked the pad’s flex­i­bil­ity; it wasn’t stiff like some thick, heavy-duty Western pads can be. The pad felt light and easy to use.

Like all 5-Star pads, the Roper is laced into a French Curve that echoes the con­tours of your horse’s back and al­lows your sad­dle to fit more eas­ily. Banjo has medium-high withers and is wide. I was pleased with the way the pad set­tled onto his back.

pad’s with­er­re­lief cutout.

On the trail, I had good con­tact with Banjo’s back. De­spite the warm weather, the sad­dle felt se­cure — there was no slip­ping of the pad or the sad­dle, even while go­ing up and down some steep hills.

Af­ter re­mov­ing the pad back at the barn, I was pleased to see that it lived up to its ad­ver­tised mois­ture-wick­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, wick­ing sweat off of Banjo’s back.

This pad comes with an all-nat­u­ral, dry-clean sponge. It’s a great ad­di­tion — you can clean the pad with­out wa­ter and it won’t pill or roughen the ma­te­rial. When I used the sponge to clean the pad af­ter my ride, it looked like new again.

The Roper 5 Star sad­dle pad is a high-qual­ity pad, with a smooth fit. It’s ex­tremely mois­ture ab­sorbent and has a stylish look. I would rec­om­mend it to any­one look­ing for a well-made pad that will last for years to come. Cost: $191.95. Con­tact: 5 Star Equine Prod­ucts, (870) 389-6328; www.5stare­quine­prod­ucts.com


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