Posted: 6th May 2021 | Back to news feed

Hurrah, at long last we can walk the course and get the adrenalin rush in the start box. If like many other event riders you have kept your horse ticking along, you may suddenly notice that the increase in work and excitement at getting back on the lorry has seen your horse drop a bit of that lovely condition!

The Equitex Close Contact Saddle Pad is the essential accessory for your eventing tack locker. It is totally non-slip and has been proven by the Italian manufacturers to reduce the impact and concussion that a rider can impart through the saddle. It has also been shown to help encourage muscle development under the saddle. 


For three decades each saddle pad has been handmade in Italy. Equitex have developed a unique TechVelvet combining it with a shock absorbing foam, both of which allow for total freedom of movement for the skin and muscles under the saddle. The 30mm foam panels are strategically placed where the horse needs the most support and as the foam is bonded to the outer fabric rather than stitched in there are no creases, ridges, lumps or bumps so negating any pressure points. There are no girth straps or fixing loops, the non-slip guarantee comes from the “sticky” heat sealed, graphic grips that secure the saddle firmly in place. It is  extremely hardwearing, breathable, and incredibly soft next to the skin.  The properties of the moisture wicking fabric help to prevent localised over-heating and reduces the formation of moisture and sweat.

This Equitex pad has been designed with the Close Contact saddle in mind as it offers plenty of manoeuvrability.  Perfect for Eventing as the rider requires more stability getting through difficult cross country obstacles while also being able to stay out of the horse's way over them. Its sport profile ensures your horse has all the comfort and support of the Equitex pad whilst ensuring minimum coverage to allow for airflow and reduced heat retention.

Extremely easy to care for, there is no need to wash an Equitex Saddle Pad after every use, just leave to dry and simply clean with a soft brush. After frequent use the saddle pad can be easily washed in the washing machine at 30 °C and stays in shape.

So, with all competitions starting again invest in a Close Contact pad that will last for many years to come and give your horse the freedom to move that he so deserves.

Now available in three dazzling new colours; Azure, Flamingo and Mint. If you wish to customise by adding coloured trims, or correctional pads then a full made to order service is available.

The Equitex Close Contact Saddle Pad from £229.00.

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Colours: Diamond, Silver, Emerald, Onyx, Chocolate, Champagne, Sapphire, Ruby, Mint, Flamingo, Azure

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