Which Thickness Do I Need?
There’s so many options at PolyPads – the colour, the binding, the style – and the thickness. The latter can leave some stumped, unsure which choice is best for their horse. This decision boils down to a number of a factors that should all be carefully considered to keep your horse as comfortable as possible, such as their saddle style, their weight and their fitness.
If you don’t know your singles from your doublers, our handy guide can help.
First off, it’s worth considering how each PolyPads is made. We take your chosen colour, pre-quilted with our soft inner filament, and cut your required design. This is then paired with a corresponding piece of material to create your PolyPad. The slimmest of these is the Single, where two pieces of quilted material are sewn and bound together. This thickness is our most popular and suits most horses and saddles, as the inner filament easily compresses into a slim, yet pressure relieving pad.
The PlusOne is available across our whole range and uses one extra piece of filament that is situated over/either side of the spine dependent on the style of PolyPad. This extra piece of material is sandwiched between the two outer layers that make up the single thickness, making it the equivalent to 1 ½ PolyPads. The extra filament doesn’t extend all the way to the base of the PolyPad, meaning your leg contact isn’t hampered by the design. The PlusOne thickness is usually requested by owners of older horses, horses who have lost weight, or horses who are lacking in topline following time out of work.
The Doubler is our thickest PolyPad; it is made by adding two pieces of filament between the standard make-up of a Single PolyPad, making it equivalent to two PolyPads. These extra filaments, as in the PlusOne, are always stitched in to ensure that they do not move when you are riding. The Doubler is best suited to use with racehorses, eliminating the need to purchase two PolyPads. The Doubler also finds its place when used with Western saddles, helping to disperse the weight more equally.
It is always recommended to consult your saddle fitter when making changes to your horse’s saddle set-up, but our guide should help to give you a little more of idea of which style may best suit your horse.