One of the most frequently asked questions we get at Angus Barrett Saddlery is "How do I clean my saddle pad?"
Angus would tell you that he very rarely washes his, which is true, and he would also tell you the advantage of ensuring that your horse is clean and well brushed before you put the pad on.
That said, if you do get to a point where your saddle pad is heavy with dried sweat or is starting to compact, then we recommend that you follow the care instructions below.
The best way to keep your saddle pad clean, is to wash your horse before you put the saddle pad on.
If your saddle pad starts to become hard or heavy with sweat, it can be washed by soaking it in a big tub or trough with fresh, cold water and then rinsing it with a hose until the water runs clear. It is important to soak the saddle pad first before hosing it, to allow the woollen fibres to loosen and soften. We also suggest brushing the hair off the pad before washing.
Apply the hose to the saddle pad gently and gradually. It is important to use cold water only, because wool will shrink in warm or hot water. There should be no need to use detergents, but a mild wool detergent can be used to help lift dirt and grease.
Hang the saddle pad on a rail to dry (not in direct sunlight) and if the saddle pad is stiff once dry, then gently bang the pad on a rail or post to loosen the fibres again.
Angus Barrett Saddlery have a range of Australian made pure wool saddle pads available to buy online. We also offer a custom embroidery service so you can personalise your saddle pad with a company logo or your initials.
The saddle pads are available in three felt colours and there are thirteen canvas trim colours to choose from.