HILL VIEW FARMS ® LLC
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PADS

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YES WE MAKE custom saddle pads:  However, before mailing WASH your saddle pad!  Any pad, saddle sox, bootie etc.,  that is received in a  dirty and or unwashed condition, will be set aside until arrangements are made to have the item returned or have it laundered.  We will not handle any thing that can potentially spread fungus, viruses and diseases that are harmful to horses and cause an allergic reaction to our employees.   Any product sent in or returned without paperwork enclosed stating from whom it is from, return contact information and what needs to be done will be set aside for a period of one year, after which the item will be deposed of.  How to make a custom pattern for a saddle pad or sox.

Standard pad is black.  Or order pattern. Pattern repeat will vary due size of pad
55% cotton, 45% polyester - pre-washed - upholstery fabric.

YES, We do CUSTOM - below is an example.

 

 

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Merino Wool Saddle Pad: It took years to find a manufacturer to make a custom, top quality, affordable saddle pad. At last "Ranch Handler" was able to get the job done! This pad is made up of three layers. The bottom is the washable Merino lambs wool fleece, then the ½" of medium density foam felt, topped off with a moisture resistant low loop nylon felt. The pad is contoured over the top line of the horse, hinged in the middle with nylon webbing cut back in the front and rear to prevent pinching on the horses’ spine. The entire pad has rolled nylon edges for a clean, neat and sleek appearance. The pad comes in black only, contoured, 28 inches in length by 35 inches opened wide, (custom sizes available-see bottom of page on how to make a pattern of your saddle). The pad design offered here is exclusive to the Flexible Panel Saddle and will not help correct an ill-fitting saddle. HVF Exclusive. How to make a custom pattern for a saddle pad or sox. Item # P-CSP – Price $150.00 Printed material including ware leather  $185.00 

 What about merino wool?

Earth       Red Diamond

Purple Sage

Tahoe Denim    Aztec Black

  

Merino wool 1.5 inch of pure pleasure in the cooling and keeping dry of your horses back.


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How to make a pattern for your saddle, see bottom of page.

Saddle Sox: THESE ARE GREAT. But, what are they? Saddle Sox or "booties" replace traditional saddle pads. Slip them on the panels like a pair of socks; ride them as long as you like, slip them off for washing. Unlike saddle pads, they cannot become tight over the spine, they allow free airflow down the middle of the saddle & they can’t wrinkle. They are designed very thin, since no padding is needed under the comfortable Flex system panels. Little maintenance or washing is needed. They last so long, that even with all the miles we at Hill View Farms ride every year we count on one hand the number that have worn out! They come standard with a Cordura top layer and a polyester fleece bottom.  Also available with washable Merino lambs wool sewn into a synthetic backing for an additional charge. The Merino wool is cooler for the horse, collects less hair and dirt, mats less and is fantastic to wash. (With all the sox, do rinse them twice to remove all soapy residues) The color choices for the saddle sox are:  Top layer in Cordura, color of either black or brown or select the quilted fabric in white or black or the upholstery cloth print. Choice for the underside toward horse, either a synthetic fleece in black or white, or Merino Wool, which is a very light cream color, (shown left on black the saddle sox). You can also select a pad that is either contoured or square.  So please specify which combination you would like, as well as submitting a pattern if you do not ride an Evolutionary Saddle. How to make a custom pattern for a saddle pad or sox.
 Saddle Sox with synthetic fleece:  Item # P-SS - Price $150.00
 Saddle Sox with Merino Wool:  $250.00   
What about merino wool?
 Saddle Sox with
Upholstery Print includes ware-leather:  $35.00 additional charge

 

Merino Wool Corrective Saddle Pad:   This top quality, affordable corrective saddle pad helps fit a saddle properly. It is less than a half-inch thick making it perfect for all panel saddles yet comfortable enough for other saddles as well. The pad is comprised of three layers; the bottom layer next to the horse is washable Merino lambs wool fleece, then a ½" of medium density foam felt, topped off with a moisture resistant low loop nylon felt with a wear strip along the bottom edge protecting the pad from a saddles rigging. The pad is cut contoured to follow the back and top line of the horse and is hinged in the middle with nylon webbing that is cut back on both ends making it easier to pull up into the saddles gullet without pinching the horses spine. The full-length pocket is easy to open from the bottom, making it possible to put balance-shims in wherever you need them, customizing fit for your horse’s needs.  This all black pad measures 29 inches long and 15 inches deep (32 opened up). How to make a custom pattern for a saddle pad or sox. HVF Exclusive. Item # P-CCSP-Price $175.00

 What about merino wool?

 Shims sold separately.  Don't forget about the Forever New:  The stuff we personally use!

Hill View Farms:  Custom made - our Merino Wool

COLOR difference between the wool fleece compared to the synthetic.   BOTH are sewn into a synthetic backing for wash-ability and durability.

Wool is the off white color.  Top center is White synthetic the others are different die lots of the Merino Wool

Wool is 1.5-1 5/8 inch pile. 65 oz. Synthetic is 3/4 inch.

Words About Wool

Wool is a natural fiber and is the ultimate in softness and support.  Why?

1) Wool is the only fiber that adjusts to individual skin temperature, allowing your animal’s back to stay cool when the weather is hot and warm when the weather is cold, acting as a natural thermostat.  It does this with countless air pockets between the wool fibers that trap and  keep air circulating freely next to your animal’s back, far superior to synthetic fibers because of this breathability.

2) Wool retains its superior qualities wet or dry, unlike synthetics, that flatten out with wear.  Wool’s crimpiness has a natural resiliency, which allows it to spring back to its original size and shape.

3) Wool is extremely durable. In scientific tests, wool recovered 95% of its original thickness when compressed compared to 67% to 79% for synthetic substitutes.  Wool’s natural qualities allow it to be bent over 20,000 times without breaking and its crimped fibers form a springy cushioned support that cradles your saddle, relieving pressure points, muscle aches, and back pain.

4) Wool can absorb large amounts of body moisture, keeping your animal’s back comfortable.  Its absorbent, hollow fibers wick moisture to maintain body temperature and eliminate the chilling that can occur to a horse’s back causing muscle cramping and distress.  Remember only natural products can absorb moisture and keep your animal’s back performing to its maximum abilities.

5) Real 100% American Virgin Wool is the miracle fiber.  We offer the washable Merino wool which has a 1.5” pile,  65-oz wool sewn into a synthetic backing and is ivory in color.

Interesting article on Pads 

Sweat Patterns and Pad Material:  Sweating is the body’s natural cooling system.  Sweat cools the body as it evaporates.  For this process to work, moisture must be exposed to air.  Sweat patterns differ depending on the pad material used.

1)            Neoprene‑, rubber‑, and latex-based pads deliver the fastest sweat pattern. (If you were wearing rubber underwear you would get hot right away.) 

2)            Pads with a wool or felt-type covering over an open‑ or closed-cell neoprene or foam also deliver a quick sweat pattern. 

With either of these pads, when the horse is thoroughly warmed up, globs of sweat run from under the pad as he is literally wearing a sweat suit.  

3)            Synthetic fleece pads deliver a slower sweat pattern than the first two. 

4)            Felt wool and cotton pads initially deliver a sweat pattern similar to that of a synthetic fleece pad, but actually begin to keep the back cooler.  This happens as the wool or cotton, both natural products, allow wicking action to absorb the sweat.  Then air can move in and evaporate moisture, cooling the back.  With either a wool or cotton pad less sweat will run from under the pad than with the synthetic pads.

5)           Wool fleece offers the most cooling because the fibers are loose and open, allowing excellent air and moisture exchange.  Because of this exchange, wool fleece will not show an immediate sweat pattern.  Thus, it can be difficult to determine uneven sweat patterns unless the horse has been worked hard enough for sweat to be running from his ears and rump.  Even then, when you remove the pad you will see that the wool has wicked away much of the moisture and you may just have a pattern of dampness or compression.

In conclusion, material makes a difference in how the horse's back cools and how quickly sweat patterns form. 

Trooper Riding Cloth with Pockets: Available in black only, this one piece riding cloth is designed for any of the encased flexible system panels on the endurance and English saddle models. Made from heavy quilted fabric this pad slips easily over any saddle sox, bootie or just over the bare panels. The pocket (size 8 x 9.25) with a 2.5 on each side of the pad is great for carrying food, beverages and accessories. Total over all size is 30 inches from to back and 24 inches from spine to bottom - each side. Item # P-TRC – Price $65.00 - close out price of $45.00

  As we have relocated to a smaller location....."Will not be carrying this item any more".  Is a last time chance to purchase.

 western on left - English on right, English has a fuller flap

Tacky Tack Pad: Here is the saddle pad with so many great features that it is bound to satisfy even the most discriminating rider. First, this pad has grip. This material is the same stuff you see being used as shelf liners for fine crystal or under floor mats on a slippery floor, but has an inner nylon core for strength. Due to this unique feature of strength and grip, this pad will help keep your saddle from slipping. Second, it is soft and supple, great for your horse’s hair coat for it will not pull or scratch. Third, there is little to no maintenance. It will not trap hair or sweat. You clean by simply spraying with water. Fourth, this pad is thin (3/8 inch thick), soft and stretchy. It will not trap heat, so you can use it as an under pad or as your primary pad. When used as a primary pad, the waffle design will allow for airflow and sweat to drip away, keeping your horse cooler and your saddle’s fleece dry. Fifth, trouble with loin rubbing? Say good-by to that problem at last! This pad has passed with flying colors in the use as an under pad. But remember, If you use this pad as an under pad, make sure that you raise up the Tacky-Tack pad between your saddle’s panels so not to bind your equine’s spine! Lastly, price, you just can’t beat it! English and western pad measure 30 inches (spine is 27.5).  The length of flap measured from the spine to the bottom of the flap that has a wear strip is 18.5 inches for the western and 19.5 for the English. State English (E) or Western (W) pad. The pad design offered here by Hill View Farms is exclusive to the Flexible Panel Saddle and will not help correct an ill-fitting saddle. Item # P-TT - Price $55.00

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Please note:  avoid using any horse grooming conditioners or fly spray near Tacky Tac material as that degrades the rubber.

 

 

Rear shims,   Center Shims and Front Shims ,  (left to right)

 

Shims: Sold in sets of three shims each. These shims are made of high-density 1/4 inch neoprene foam and are used for leveling your saddle, compensating for an underdeveloped shoulder, giving your saddle a lift, or filling in a hollow behind the shoulder or center of back. Shims can be slipped into your saddle pad’s pocket; or they can be attached to your saddle pad or to your panels by using or by using two-way sticky carpet tape.     For Proper shim use click                                
Specify front, rear or center.   
Item # P-SH – Price $15.00

 For more on back shapes, fitting and shimming Purchase this All About Saddling DVD:
 

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* Remember to shim away from pressure and check your saddles fit with a rider IN THE SADDLE, by sliding your hand under the front, center (behind the riders leg) and rear of the saddle.

 Shim use with an Evolutionary Saddle. Two different backs - one owner. One is slightly roached and broad.  The other  is narrow and has a 7 inch dip. For the dippy back we installed (on both sides), two of the set of three center shims (omitting the smallest one).  Using two-way sticky tape we attached them with the largest shim toward the horse's back.  In this case the owner has two saddle sox, with one pair having the shims taped inside, the other with none, so all she needs to do is to change the pad for each.  This way she can ride easily and have no issue with the saddle bottoming out on the sway backed horse.  After riding we had great compression patterns as well as sweating patterns.  The chestnut was more moist where there was more movement and was moving in - to be complete if rode longer.  Would shims always be needed?  No, if this was a light-weight rider, there would be a smaller panel size and the panel suspension alone would be adequate. What a thrill.  One SADDLE - HAPPY HORSES -THRILLED OWNER

 

Custom Shims: Take advantage of multiple mix and match sizing.  These shims are sold in a set of 6 for a total of 12 shims.  These shims are made either of high-density ¼ inch neoprene foam or in the ½ inch felt – shown in white.  These are used for leveling your saddle, compensating for an underdeveloped shoulder, giving your saddle a lift, or filling in a hollow behind the shoulder or center of back. Shims can be slipped into your saddle pad’s pocket; or they can be attached to your saddle pad or to your panels by using or by using two-way sticky carpet tape.  Item # P-SH-FULL - Price is $80.00 for the felt  or $90.00 the neoprene.   ($15.00 per pair)  Specify which you prefer. 

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Felt shims on left and are white. Can be cut for the perfect fit.

 

Neoprene shims on right and are black, Can be cut for the perfect fit.

 

For more on back shapes, fitting and shimming Purchase this All About Saddling DVD:

Forever New: Is a pure, organic and biodegradable fabric care wash, formulated to gently clean, brighten and promote longer life in all fine washables. It safely cleans lingerie, hosiery, swimwear, silks, and woolens, including saddle pads and saddle Sox. It is FANTASTIC on the merino lambs wool! The natural base of the citric and sodas, cleans then rinses completely from the fabric, leaving no soap residues to damage thread fibers. We have been testing various products for over a year and this product gets two thumbs up!!! Available in one economy size of 32 oz. Item # P-FN - Price $13.00
And All Black (Not shown) Bareback Tacky Tack Pad:  By Weaver, this pad is made with the same Tacky Tack material from above with the addition of a 5/8-inch padded Herculon material that is mildew and mold resistant and quick drying.  The pad is cutback over the withers and comes with a fleece girth on nylon web billets.  21" x 35”, specify Comanche stripe, bronco or black color. Item# P-BB- Price $72.00

  As we have relocated to a smaller location....."Will not be carrying this item any more".  Is a last time chance to purchase.

How do I make a pattern for a saddle sox or saddle pad? Cut a solid sheet of paper (the back of gift wrapping paper works great) the length of the panel or skirt. Set the saddle on a stand and have a helper lift up the saddle so you can slide the paper under the panel or skirt (we only need one side, so trace only one side). We also recommend that you use a blanket or pad under the paper (over the stand) making tracing easier. Then use a fine-tip "Sharpie ®"-type marker and trace the outline exactly. We will allow for seam allowances and movement room. Cut out the pattern and fit it to the panel or skirt to check fit. You MUST also locate both panel-mounting pedestals on the pattern and mark with an X; also write the saddle’s serial number and seat size on the pattern, along with your name, address, email and phone number before sending it to us.
How to trace a western saddle:
Trace the skirt/panel, lifting up drop yoke rigging. Then drop the rigging and trace around that, including the "D" ring, but stopping there. The area that will give you the most difficulty is tracing down the center of the saddle. Do your best, you will have to guess how the skirt panel flows (the center does not fit into a pocket like the back and front, so DON’T let your guess stress you out). This is your template and your saddle sox will be made exactly the way you submit your pattern.
How to trace an English or endurance saddle:
Trace the panel, lifting up the flap. Then drop the flap and trace around that. The area that will give you the most difficulty is tracing down the center of the saddle. Do your best; you will have to guess how the panel flows (the center does not fit into a pocket like the back and front, so DON’T let your guess stress you out). This is your template and your saddle sox will be made exactly as you submit your pattern.

DO NOT SEND IN AN OLD PAD - We take patterns ONLY.

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