The dressage saddle pad is specifically designed for use with a dressage saddle and is contoured to fit it perfectly. Dressage saddle pads are not only functional, but are also increasingly becoming a fashion accessory. They are available in a variety of both traditional and trendy styles.
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Saddle pads for dressage are specifically designed to fit well under a traditional dressage saddle and are cut in a classic and sophisticated square shape for a smart look. The high wither area on most dressage saddle pads fits snugly under your saddle and maintains its shape and support.
Choose from dressage saddle pads with fine piping and trim around the edge for a classic look. Some are trimmed with satin cord, braiding or colourful piping. Although white is the traditional colour for competitions, dressage pads are available in a variety of fashionable colours. Dressage saddle pads are quilted for added cushioning and have moisture-wicking fabric to keep your horse cool and comfortable. Velcro straps at the billets and girth loops keep these high quality dressage pads from shifting under the saddle. Horze stocks plenty of options for competition, training and casual use.
You want to be able to keep your dressage saddle pad in good condition for a long time, whether it's made of velvet, embellished with crystals or brightly coloured. Therefore, you should take good care of it and be very careful when washing it.
If you take it off the pad after riding and hang it out to dry, you can brush off any fur residue and delay washing it in a machine. If you do have to put your dressage saddle pad in the washing machine, it is best to use a gentle programme and the lowest spin cycle setting to ensure the shape of the saddle pad is not affected. Using a mild detergent, without fabric softener, and at a low temperature, preferably 30 degrees, will give you good results and will not damage your dressage saddle pad. Always follow the manufacturer's care label.
The right dressage pad for you and your horse is of course a question of your individual taste. If you like colourful dressage saddle pads, you will probably have the most choice available. For example, a bright yellow dressage saddle pad against a black horse's coat would certainly look good. For piebalds, whose coat colours already stand out, muted colours are recommended, as they are less distracting.
If you like sparkle, there are even more choices available including sequins, Swarovski crystals and diamante accents.
Of course, classic, understated colours are always popular, including traditional white.