The Aubrion Team Saddlecloth is distinguished by its embroidery, which complements the Aubrion Team ranges. Padded generously and detailed with gold twisted rope trim and a union jack. The ULTRA DRI ZONE lining rapidly wicks away sweat from the horse, minimising rubbing and increasing comfort. For added security, girth guides and elasticated D-ring straps are included. Durable girth guards. Washing machine safe. Become a member of #teamaubrion.
Aubrion Team Saddlecloth Colours and Sizes
The Aubrion Team Saddlecloth is available in 3 striking colours – Burgundy, Navy and Black. 2 sizes are available – 15-16.5in and 17-18in.
What is a Saddlecloth?
A saddlecloth is worn beneath the saddle of a horse and provides comfort for the horse while it is being ridden. A saddlecloth compensates for saddles that do not fit perfectly and is available in a variety of padding and filling densities.
The terms saddle blanket, saddle pad (or numnah), and saddle cloth all refer to blankets, pads, or fabrics that are inserted beneath a saddle. Typically, these are used to wick away moisture, cushion the saddle, and protect the horse’s back. There are lighter weight saddle cloths, such as shabrack, that are more decorative in nature and are frequently worn over a more utilitarian pad.
For centuries, saddle blankets have been used with all types of saddles. Some are single-thick, while others are foldable and can be used in double-thick configurations. While a pad or blanket cannot completely substitute for a properly fitted saddle, pads with shims or blankets with a unique design can help compensate for minor fitting issues.
The most blanket-like style is associated with American-style western saddles. It is typically made of wool, cotton, or a synthetic fabric of a similar nature. When fitted beneath the saddle, they measure approximately 35 inches (0.89 m) square, although designs vary to accommodate horses of various sizes.
In the United States and the United Kingdom, a saddle pad or numnah is a thicker pad made of felt, foam, or another modern material sandwiched between a tough outer cover on top and a soft cover on the side that comes into contact with the horse. The best designs cushion the horse’s back muscles and reduce fatigue. Saddle pads are available in a variety of styles and shapes and are compatible with virtually any saddle. Sheepskin numnahs shaped to fit around a saddle are popular in some disciplines.
The term “saddle cloth” is used in two distinct ways. In Australian English, a saddlecloth is typically a square pad worn beneath the saddle. The term is used in the United States to refer to a very light, thin blanket worn over a pad or a heavier blanket for decorative or identification purposes, such as the square cloths worn beneath race horses’ saddles.
Saddlecloths and Numnahs in England
English saddles typically have a shaped pad called a “numnah” in British English. The original purpose of the English saddle pad was to protect the saddle from dirt and sweat, as the English saddle’s panels provided adequate padding and protection for the horse. It was a simple pad, either in a neutral shade to match the saddle or, more recently, white and contoured to the shape of the saddle. English style pads are also used today to adjust the balance of a saddle and compensate for fit issues. Additionally, square pads, referred to as saddlecloths in the United Kingdom and Australia, have become a popular style for eventing, show jumping, and dressage, in part because the corners can be customised with insignia. Due to the variety of bright colours available, they are also popular with children and casual riders.
Additionally, new English saddle pad styles are available, such as the “riser” pad, which is thicker in the back than in the front. Other pads have an opening to accommodate the horse’s withers, while others are shaped to compensate for lordosis or swayback. Numerous modern “space-age” materials are used, including gel or memory foam to absorb shock and modern synthetic materials with wicking properties to wick away moisture.