This endurance saddle pad is handmade in the USA from the best 100% virgin wool felt on the market. This round skirted contoured saddle pad model is designed to fit under the Tucker endurance trail saddles and other similarly shaped trail saddles. The pad has a full contour to naturally fit the curvature of the horse's spine and withers, and the skirt is shaped to fit saddles with dropped rigging. The 7/8" thickness is ideal for trail and all-purpose riding. 5 Star's unique, two-piece construction eliminates spinal pressure and improves saddle fit, with up to 20% less cinching needed. Wool felt saddle pad measures approximately 28" nose to tail and a generous 32" across. 5-6 ounce wear leathers are sewn on the sides and topline.
Easy care: Simply rub soiled areas in a circular motion with fingers, included 5 Star cleaning sponge, or a soft rubber curry comb to remove horse hair and dirt. Do not lay pad flat on its back (upside down), as as the special hand lacing that is used to create the true French curve contour can come undone. With this reasonable care, the 5 Star saddle pad will last 1500-2000 hours.
Washing is only necessary after 100+ hours of use or when pad is beginning to feel hard in pressure point zones (shoulder points & loin areas). Avoid using soap, as you will risk leaving soap residue that might irritate the animal. When washing, make every effort to wash pad from the center to outer edges in all directions. Simply hang or hold pad by gullet hole and begin rinsing from the center to outer edges of the pad. Rotate the pad as you rinse so that the dirty water flows outward to all the edges rather than just soaking into the pad. NEVER LAY PAD FLAT AND RINSE, as it only drives dirt and sweat salts into the pad. Use only enough water to dissolve sweat salts and dirt residue so that they will be
carried away in rinse water. Then hang by gullet hole or lay naturally over a rail. DO NOT LAY PAD ON ITíS BACK TO DRY as it will stretch the leather and pull out the inner lacing. After pad is dry, flex pad in the areas that have not softened. This will fluff and loosen the felt which restores optimum compression protection.