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Our most popular popular PolyPad in the range; the Classic has been providing comfort to horses since 1988! This smart, classical style is incredibly durable, comfortable and smart - the perfect saddle pad for both daily and competition use.
PolyPads are made with a soft, strong polycotton outer and a soft inner for incredible comfort. Each PolyPad is made by hand in Britain and is quality checkd at every stage. With no loops or straps, the Classic can be used any way around!
Choose the style you need to suit your horse and their saddle. The Shetland Classic suits small ponies with a saddle up to 12 inches. The Pony Classic fits to 16 inch saddles, and any larger will likely need the standard Classic (though straight cut saddles may differ). The Dressage Classic is ideal for dressage saddles due to the longer panel length.
For measurements, please see below:
- Standard Classic: Pad length: 66cm (along the spine). Pad width: 94cm (side to side)
- Pony Classic: Pad length: 57cm (along the spine). Pad width: 84cm (side to side)
- Shetland Classic: Pad length: 50cm (along the spine). Pad width: 80cm (side to side)
- Dressage Classic: Pad length: 66cm (along the spine). Pad width: 107cm (side to side)
Note - Logo embroidery requires an EMB or DST file to allow conversion. If you do not have these files, we can covert this for you for £25. If requested, you will receive a copy of this file.
Since our launch in 1988, PolyPads has set out to keep your horse’s comfort in mind. Every product that bears the PolyPads name has a mark of quality behind it, accompanied by the knowledge that it has been manufactured with the best quality materials and designed with care and attention.
At PolyPads, we know that horses change shapes for many reasons; be it muscle wastage, weight loss or gain, each horse will inevitably go through changes that cannot always be avoided. To cater for the ever-changing needs of the modern horse and rider, PolyPads pads are designed in varied thicknesses to support these changes. Whilst PolyPads should not be used as a remedy for an ill-fitting saddle, they are ideal for distributing pressure along the back and offering increased back support.
PolyPads are able to offer three thickness in our saddle pads to create the customised fit that each horse requires. Whilst many other have imitated our designs, few are able to match in both the quality of materials and the unparalleled attention to detail that we can offer. The three thicknesses cater for varying levels of fitness, age and workload of your horse. The thicknesses can be used as platforms to step up and down with as your horse changes shape; for the majority of the time, your horse will be best suited to the ‘Single’ thickness pads. The 'Single' refers to two pieces of fabric being sewn together to create a traditional PolyPad.
We offer the ‘PlusOne’ option within our pads too; this is perfect for those who are slightly underdeveloped along the topline from a lack of fitness, or for those who have reduced from the thickest pad, the ‘Doubler’. The 'PlusOne' consists of the standard two pieces of material, plus an extra piece of material as an insert.
The ‘Doubler’ option is designed for horses who need a kinder fit when being re-introduced to work. The gentle, weight-distributing fit is the ideal way to begin recovery and move into a position of fitness. The Doubler uses four peice of material; the standard outer two plus two inserts - this is also a popular choice for racing yards.
The multitude of options offered by PolyPads distinguish us as the champion in horse comfort under saddle. Why not explore our range to find a pad in your favourite colours, or make your mark with an embroidered design?
- Will I need a Pony Classic or Standard Classic?
This largely depends on the length and style of your saddle, and the fit you want to achieve. The sizing differences are listed below, but as a general guide, the Pony Classic tends to fit ponies with a saddle size up to 15.5", and any larger saddles suiting the Standard Classic.
- Pony Classic - Pad length: 57cm (along the spine). Pad width: 84cm (side to side).
- Standard Classic - Pad length: 66cm (along the spine). Pad width: 94cm (side to side)
- How should my PolyPad fit?
It is important that you fit the PolyPad correctly to achieve the best comfort for your horse and to reduce the chances of the PolyPad slipping back. When you fit your PolyPad, ensure that it is pulled up into the gullet of the saddle to prevent bunching and rubbing, something that could also cause the PolyPad to slip back.
You will need to have approximately an inch of the PolyPad in front of the saddle to allow for it to grip and prevent slipping. This is very important to achieve a secure fit.
If your PolyPad slips, we would recommend that you speak with your saddle fitter to ensure that your saddle and PolyPad are fitting well together. It may be that your horse has changed shape and a different fit is required.