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  • February 14, 2023 2 min read

    What is the difference between a saddle pad and a saddle cloth?

    In our latest video, Angus explains the difference between Saddle Pads and Saddle Cloths.

    We get a lot of people ask if we make saddle cloths, or they refer to our saddle pads as saddle cloths when placing an order. Angus Barrett Saddlery don’t make saddle cloths (we used to, but they are now discontinued).

    The best way that Angus would describe the difference is a saddle cloth is very similar to a dish cloth (thin and doesn’t absorb much liquid) and a saddle pad is like a dish pad, which is spongy and very absorbent.

    A saddle cloth is made from woven kersey wool, like a woollen blanket. It is a very thin layer of wool. A saddle cloth is great for underneath very light saddles for light riding. Angus grew up riding with a saddle cloth under his equestrian saddle and says there’s nothing wrong with riding with a saddle cloth as long as its pure wool.

    The main difference between a saddle pad and a saddle cloth is that pad is generally shaped around the saddle and a cloth is usually a square piece of material. It is often personal preference as to which one you choose to use.

    These days he prefers his saddle pad design which absorbs more sweat and dirt  and connects with his horse.

    We have a range of Pure Wool Saddle Pads available including the Classic Standard, Classic Long, Fitted Slimline and a Cleanskin. There are two thicknesses; 13mm and 17mm and you can choose from white, brown or grey felt. We offer a custom in-house embroidery service which allows us to personalise your saddle pad with your name, initals company logo or any other wording of your choice.

    Watch the video below and if you have any questions regarding our range of pure wool saddle pads, please don’t hesitate contacting our Customer Service team on 0408 980 896.