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. 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 a choice of either velcroed ‘EVA Cushion’ foam panels or a flocked panel, and is available with either half panels, especially suited to the real ‘table top’ pony, or with full panels for those that need a little more shoulder support. EVA panels can also be bought separately.
The Pad-dle is made in sizes 12” to 17”, and can also have longer flaps and a higher cantle if the buyer requires, but there will be an extra charge for customising.
The Pad-dle has a choice of open e stirrup hooks or closed loops, the latter require safety stirrups. The e bars are suited to ponies with a flat back and no dip. They are not suitable for very sway backed, and croup high ponies as the saddle has to bend so much in the middle, that the stirrup hook may tip down at the back, resulting in the stirrup leather slipping off. The closed loop is the safest, when used with safety stirrups irons, so if in any doubt about your ponies suitability for the e bar, please send a photo of the pony, side view, whole pony, to firstname.lastname@example.org for advice before ordering. The same applies to choice of Velcro or flocked panel, if in doubt, please contact Heather on the above email address.
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 12-14”, and £450 for 15-17”. The Pad-dle Extra, when available, will be £425 for 12-14” and the 15-17” 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.