Find the perfect half pad
19 April 2022
19 April 2022
A half pad is an additional layer between the horse’s back and the saddle. As its name suggests, the main purpose of a saddle pad is to absorb impacts and protect the horse’s back. A half pad can provide a real sense of relief to more sensitive horses. It spreads the rider’s weight and frees up sensitive areas by slightly raising the saddle from the withers and first dorsal vertebrae, in particular. This is a solution to numerous back complaints, as well as an option for horses with very specific morphology.
A half pad also has a corrective role. A horse’s back is constantly changing in relation to its muscle shape and diet. Even on custom-made saddles, the half pad plays a key role when the horse experiences a change in performance. It also helps adjust the saddle’s pressure points and balance. As such, the saddle can be adapted to fit several horses with different morphological traits.
Antarès has worked with vets and osteopaths to design two half pads to supplement its expertise in custom-made saddles and add greater comfort and precision to its products. The choice of materials is always a tricky matter to find the right balance. Antarès half pads are a technological amalgam that combines lightness and shock absorption. The carefully chosen blend of natural wool, leather and a 3D mesh is like having a chameleon on the horse’s back. The French leather used to make Antarès half pads comes from offcuts from our custom-made saddles.
The upper part of Antarès half pads is made from topstitched natural wool. This provides excellent resistance to wear prevents tearing and protects the saddle leather from the horse’s sweat.
The 3D mesh absorbs impacts, distributes pressure and improves ventilation for the horse’s back. The half pad’s memory foam ensures a perfect fit between horse and saddle.
Specially shaped cut-open leather wither protectors also leave them space while the leather spine channel on the half pad’s inner side also provides excellent flexibility.
In collaboration with the specialized osteopathy school EOS Animal, we have written an article with our best tips to avoid back pain in horses.
[ Read the article : 3 tips to prevent your horse from getting back pain ]
Ergo Pad is a half pad that was created to provide a thin layer of cushioning between the horse’s back and its saddle, to reduce pressure points. Its memory form technology spread the saddle and rider weight for a better comfort during riding practice.
The Adjust Pad is a half pad with shims that was created to provide a thin layer of cushioning between the horse’s back and its saddle and to diminish pressure points. Product sold with a pack of 4 shims (2 front + 2 rear).