Introducing the Pad-dle, a cross between a pony pad and a treeless saddle. Built on a tree shaped leather base, incorporating the sweat flap, the Pad-dle has been designed with children in mind on wide, flat ponies, and it will suit adults no heavier than 10.5 stones on similarly wide, flat cobs. Heavier riders should look at our FlexEE leather treed range which can take riders up to 14.5 stones. The Pad-dle is made from soft top quality hide, and has open end E stirrup bars, so safety stirrups are not needed. For small children though, we would still advise safety stirrups be used, on any saddle. The Pad-dle is fully acceptable in the show ring, giving a very traditional look, and also ensuring a very correct position with set back stirrup bars to allow easy achievement of the ear/shoulder/hip/heel line of balance. The Pad-dle has velcroed ‘EVA’Cushion’ foam panels, and is available with either half panel, especially suited to the real ‘table top’ pony, or with full panels for those that need a little more shoulder support. These can also be bought separately.
The Pad-dle with knee blocks velcroed on the flap, the ‘Pad-dle Extra’, gives a small child the extra support needed when moving to a normal saddle from those designed for very small children with very large supports front and rear, like a basket saddle for instance. Having the knee blocks on the top of the flap and velcroed, means they can be moved to accommodate the leg length. But, a leather cover is supplied with the Pad-dle, that covers the Velcro knee pad, and transforms it to a ‘normal’ saddle for showing. The Pad-dle is made in sizes 14”, 16” and 17”, and can also have longer flaps and a higher cantle if the buyer requires, but there will be an extra charge for customising.
There seems to be a particular shortage of well designed saddles for children. We hope that the Pad-dle will help to fill this void, and assist children to sit in a position that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their riding lives. Available in dressage/show, and GP models, in black and Havana, priced £395 for 14”, and £450 for 16 and 17”. The Pad-dle Extra will be £425 for 14” and the 16 and 17” will be £475.
The Pad-dle is very easy to fit, and can be adjusted with padding to fit several different ponies of similar size and shape. If the pony despite being wide and flat, still has some wither, please do not hesitate to contact our customer services and help will be given by email. Our HM saddle fitters will also be selling the Pad-dle and there is a list of fitters here on the site.