Saddle Cloths made of Wool
Why Do I Use A Saddle Cloth?
Saddle Pad and Cloth (Schabracke) Cloth differ only in the shape of the cut. While Saddle Pads are cut in the shape of the saddle, Saddle Cloths are squared back and can therefore be combined more flexibly with different saddle models.
Our saddle cloth is cut like a classic dressage saddle cloth, which means it has no extra pre-cut like a jumping / eventing saddle cloth. It is generously cut and fits under saddles up to a seat size of 17.5 inches. This corresponds to the size Cob and Full.
Aber keine Sorge, die Schabracke ist elegant geschnitten und passt auch gut auf kleine Pferde wie unsere Isländer ohne sie zu behindern oder zu verschlucken.
Uses for saddle cloths:
- Appearance purposes, for the "dressage rider look".
- Alternative saddle shape like: Baroque saddle, Ibero saddle, trail riding saddle, Edurancesaddle, treeless saddle, riding pad.
- For trail rides, the additional surface offers the possibility of attaching saddle bags without them rubbing against the horse's back
What Should I Look Out For When Buying A Saddle Cloth?
- Protection against moisture, dirt and chafing: You can certainly imagine that the saddle does not feel particularly comfortable directly on the horse's skin. In addition, you also protect the sensitive leather of the expensive saddle with the barrier.
- It absorbs sweat: Leaves your horse's back dry after training, because a sweat-soaked saddle area after riding is quickly the cause of cooling and thus tension in the back muscles.
- Size according to saddle length: Whether Icelandic horse or warmblood, the size is based on the saddle length.
- The shape of the saddle pad is adapted to the top line of the horse's back: pressure on the withers and loins is avoided
- Spinal freedom: The saddle pad can be opened up, i.e. the edges of the pad are pulled into the pommel and cantle. This prevents pressure on the withers and spine, which can cause chafing and pain.
- Thickness: The thicker the saddle cloth, the narrower the panel channel. The spine likes it well padded, but it needs space to move freely. A thin, light saddle cloth is preferable with a fitting saddle.
- Material stability: This should not be too thin and flimsy, so that dimensional stability is guaranteed and folds are avoided.
Why Wool Is The Best Material For Saddle Cloths
A Saddle Cloth made of Wool is good for your horse's back. Wool can simply absorb an incredible amount of sweat – up to 30% of its own weight - and thus ensures a dry saddle area, which in turn cannot cool out. On the other hand, it never feels cold and damp, you can put it on the horse when it is wet. If it doesn't dry properly in winter or you get caught in the rain, that's no problem at all.
In Summer wool also protects against overheating under the saddle because it always maintains a neutral temperature and is extremely breathable. It ensures a healthy microclimate between the saddle and the horse.
This makes the natural material very suitable perfect for horses with sensitive backs. Wool activates blood circulation and has a relaxing effect on muscles and connective tissue.
How Do I Care For A Wool Saddle Cloth?
You should brush out a wool saddle cloth after every ride - most effectively with a rubber massage brush. It dries best if you take it out from under the saddle and place it on the saddle with the wet side facing up .
Due to its self-cleaning properties, it rarely needs to be washed. Depending on the intensity of use, every one to three months. The best indicator of whether your saddle cloth needs to be washed is how sticky the underside is. The fat from your horse's coat, together with sweat, sticks together the wool fabric and seals it from absorbing moisture. So if the saddle cloth is sticky or even greasy, it has to be put in the washing machine as soon as possible, on the wool cycle at max. 30 degrees.