Owning and riding horses means devoting your all to keeping your horse comfortable and feeling ready to ride. With all of the weight—quite literally—on your horse’s back, it’s important to make sure you use a saddle pad that offers sufficient cushion, breathability, shock absorption, and weight distribution.
Why do these things matter?
Whether you’re an all-day adventurer or enjoy short rides in the arena, your horse needs protection from the saddle. Western saddles in particular may require additional support to help distribute and absorb pressure that can cause back soreness. The saddle pad you select will depend on your horse’s body type and type of riding you’ll be doing.
ZONE™ SERIES BLANKET TOP: Try a pad that will serve multiple purposes—comfort, fashion, and fit. Classic Equine’s ZONE™ Series blanket top pad has all the functions you need and comes in a variety of color options.
Adding cushion to comfort your horse’s back is quite simple once you understand the functions of a saddle pad and how different types of saddle pads work for various types of riding.
Saddle pads are made from either natural or synthetic fibers. Natural fibers, such as wool, have a natural sweat-wicking and recoil ability. Wool is soft and pliable, which makes it easy to conform to your horse’s back and protect against uneven pressures that are the source of back soreness. Synthetic materials are engineered to protect your horse’s back and have advanced technology that allow the pads to reduce injury and stress. Saddle pads made of synthetic materials are easy to care for and are long lasting.
If you find yourself in the arena performing difficult maneuvers you want more than a pad that fits well, you want a pad that will absorb shock that comes from hard stops and turns. A saddle pad with shock-absorbing material that becomes dense upon impact or material that dissipates energy will protect your horse’s back from both the weight of the saddle and you.
Powered with a vented Zoombang™ insert that is scientifically engineered to dissipate energy, reducing injury and stress on equine athletes. The breathable design remains securely in place, providing conformal layered protection. Hand woven, 100% New Zealand wool blanket top can be folded back for shim placement if necessary and lays clean and flat against the pad. A durable orthopedic grade felt bottom absorbs moisture, remains soft and pliable, and provides excellent shock absorption.
Tomorrow's technology delivers superior protection today.
What makes the Zone Series different?
Science. Each Zone pad contains a strategically placed insert filled with cells containing a material called Zoombang. Zoombang is a leading edge polymer that is being employed to protect professional athletes in high impact sports such as football, hockey, and NASCAR, where weight is a disadvantage and protection is crucial. This viscoelastic polymer is a semisolid at rest, unchanged by temperature or age. This means it conforms to a degree for comfort. The real test of any saddle pad, however, comes upon impact. This is when Zoombang's molecular structure instantly stiffens, dissipating shock over a wider surface area and reducing the impact of the blow. In milliseconds, after the shock has subsided, Zoombang returns to its original state. When you need the ultimate protection under your saddle, pick up a Zone pad and put science to the test.