A saddle pad needs to not only protect your saddle from sweat and salts... but it also needs to protect your horse's back from uneven and/or constant pressure, excess moisture, heat build-up and bacterial accumulation. All of which have an impact on comfort and performance.
The SRX extreme performance saddle pad utilizes the most innovative high-performance cushion 3D material recently available in the world of technical fabrics. The outer shell materials on their own have all the best features, including; lightweight, easy to clean, non-absorbent, durable and washable. We target the inner cushioning to your situation by analyzing your saddle, rider and horse specs + discipline.
Our SRX extreme protection pads have been designed through pressure and thermal sensor testing. This testing has been invaluable in discovering the appropriate cushioning materials have a significant effect on saddle fit, rider stability and comfort for both horse and rider.
When you order an SRX saddle pad, your specifications and horse details will help us choose the best padding materials for you. If ordering online, add a note to your order with your specifics or email us: info(at)nickerssaddlery.com
If the situation changes, replacement inserts may be purchased.
Q: What colours do the SRX pads come in? A: black is currently widely available with more colours being added over time.
Q: Are the pads washable? A: yes. The inserts in the pads are easily removed for hand or machine washing. Keep in mind that wool fleece versions must be washed in the same way you wash a real wool sweater.
Q: How does your cushioning differ from other saddle pads? A: Our saddle pad maker combines inserts to offer you a better-customized performance based on weight, discipline and horse/saddle specs. The pads are also offered with "stock" cushioning inserts.
Q: What is your non-slip material like? A: We import our non-slip and some of our 3D material from Germany. It is hypo-allergenic and human-grade. We offer 3 forms of non-slip: vertical (front to back slippage) horizontal (side to side slippage) and pebble (more ventilated). The standard is vertical non-slip.
Q: Is the wool fleece real wool? A: yes! the wool fleece is 100% real wool which is knitted onto a polyester backing material for washability, breathability and fabric uniformity. There are 3/4" and 1" wool fleece options with 3/4" being the standard. 1" fleece pads are made per order.
Q: What is hospital fleece? A: hospital fleece is a very short pile (1/4") almost velour-like tight fleece that does not pill and washes very well without special consideration.
Q: What is different about 3D inserts? A: 3D materials are specially knitted like a sandwich using firm fibers to create a lofted fabric with a very open structure. Our saddle pads use 3D fabrics as well as 3D inserts.
Q: What other types of cushioning can the SRX pads receive? A: Poron is a high-performance cushioning material that is most often used in orthotics, prosthetics and other medical or athletic applications. Urethane foams as well as poly and/or wool felt also have important applications as protective padding. We combine materials for the ultimate intermediary layer between your horse and you - based on years of experience.
Q: Can shims be used with SRX pads? A: Yes. We carry external shims that adhere to the topside of the pad as well as internal shims that rest inside the padding pocket. These will be available on our webstore.
Q: How often will I need to replace the inserts? A: 3D inserts will last 4 to 5 times longer than standard urethane foam of similar thickness. If your pad has other Confor, Poron or urethane foams, the 3D core material of the SRX saddle pads reduces the contact of sweat, grime and salt to the interior of the pads. This means your inserts last much longer.
Q: what is the expected lifespan of an SRX saddle pad? A: SRX saddle pads are made to last. The underside material is a strong polyester 3D fabric which is UV resistant and extremely durable. The underside liner options are all top quality fabrics with secure seams. You should expect your SRX pad to last twice as long as comparable pads.