Does anyone else notice the serious lack of what the English term “numnahs”? I have been trying to get my hands on them without paying for international shipping and SmartPak has been deaf to my pleadings to stock them. I’d love to see them stock the 5 Star Equine hunter saddle pad and pads like the one attached. Has anyone found a supplier in the US that has shaped pads with no fleece? I want to be able to use my Thinline fleece half pad with it.
If you sew at all, it is not that hard to make saddle pads. Make a pattern from a pad that fits correctly, use quilt batting for the middle layer (more layers for a thicker pad, fewer for a thinner one), and a heavy cotton like denim or twill or a heavy duck cloth for the top layer. I use towels for the layer against the horse as it wears well, absorbs sweat, and washes well, but you could use the heavy cotton top & bottom if you were planning to use something else between the horse and the pad. If you do use towels (terry cloth) for the bottom layer, buy big towels instead of buying terry cloth by the yard, as the terry cloth is good towels is of a much higher quality than the terry cloth you can buy at a fabric store.
There are also places that will custom make saddle pads.
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