In a way, this trail saddle pad is 2-in-1. You can use it as a standard “Physio” saddle pad if you remove the length extension that is meant for saddle bags. When you go on a trek, however, you can use the full length to make your saddle bags easy for the horse’s back as well. It includes two pairs of fillings – from polyurethane foam and rubber – so you can adjust it exactly to the shape of your horses’s back. You can’t get any more comfortable than that!
The extension is also lined with real sheep wool, which protects the horse and avoids rubbing. Thanks to velcro fasteners, it can easily and quickly be detached so the pad can also be used without it for every day use. This saves you from obtaining two different saddle pads. This trail saddle pad can be used with all Barefoot saddles, but it is also smart to be use it with conventional saddles because of the way it functions. It is shaped to accommodate the horse’s spine and offer ideal pressure absorption and distribution.
This system offers additional clearance over the spinous processes of the thoracic vertebrae and consists of two components that are pressure absorbing and are connected securely with velcro.
- The lower part is anatomically cut made of quilted cotton, thinned under the upper thigh for a close leg contact, pressure absorbing foam inserts can be removed through an easy velcro opening. 2/3 gripping artificial rubber underside will stabilise the saddle even on very round horses – the rear 1/3 is lined with sheep fur to protect this sensitive area. The fur glides over the horses coat and therefore eliminates potential rubbing under the cantle. Additional sheep fur in the front to cushion the movement of the shoulder.
- The upper layer is made from quilted cotton or microfiber fabric with felt underside, poly fleece inside and an artificial rubber layer on top (will keep the saddle in place, supplies additional pressure absorption and offers some air circulation). Velcro straps to attach pad to the saddle.
The “Physio” trail pad is available in two different layouts: one for saddles with a shorter flap (most Western saddles) and one for saddles with a longer flap (most English saddles). The English version suits saddles such as the “Barrydale”, “London”, “Lexington”, “Cheyenne”, “Cherokee”, “Nottingham”, “Nevada”, “Madrid”. It is black and has a quilted cotton lining on top. The Western version is for saddles such as the “Atlanta”, “Arizona”, “Happy Valley”, “Lazy Mountain”, “Missoula Nut”, “Virginia Rose”. It is brown with brown microfiber lining on top.