The best jumping saddle pads sit nicely under your jump saddle, offer some level of protection and wick away moisture to keep your horse’s back sweat-free. Alongside a wide range of technical features, many brands have a great selection of colours and personalisation options, so it’s possible to create the perfect colour combo for competition day or a matchy-matchy Instagram-worthy shot.
Unfortunately you can’t just use your favourite GP saddle pad with a jump saddle, as the shape is very different and it won’t be very comfortable for your horse. Jump down for help on how to choose the best saddle pads for jumping.
Here’s a selection of some of the best jumping saddle pads (listed alphabetically) for you to browse…
Equitex close contact saddle pad
Colours: Diamond, silver, emerald, onyx, chocolate, champagne, sapphire, ruby, mint, flamingo or azure | Sizes: One size | RRP: From £229 |
Handmade in Italy, this non-slip saddle pad from Equitex is designed to reduce the impact and concussion that a rider can impart through the saddle. It has foam panels that are bonded to the technical velvet outer, which ensures no creases or bumps, while the velvet is hard-wearing, breathable and soft next to the skin. There are no fixing loops as the graphic is grippy and secures the saddle in place. Coloured trim or correctional pad customisation is available.
Eskadron Avantgarde softshell saddlecloth
Colours: White, taupe or navy | Sizes: Full | RRP: £83.95 |
From the Classic Sports collection, this saddle pad has a durable softshell outer and a breathable 3D mesh insert along the back channel. The underside fabric is cooling and wicking, and there is a reinforced anti-shock zone with a large anti-slip silicon surface in the saddle area. The new girth loop design also offers a neater, more stable fastening.
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Griffin Nuumed HiWither half wool close-contact saddle pad
Colours: Black, brown, white, navy, red or green | Sizes: M, L or XL | RRP: £101.55 |
This Nuumed saddle pad gives the impression of two saddle pads in one. It features rolled collars and has a contoured fit that provides maximum wither and spinal clearance. The half wool lining allows you to maintain a close contact. It is fitted with short D-straps and is also available without the rolled collars. Also available without wool.
Hy Sport Active close contact saddle pad
Colours: Black, white, grey, red, navy, orange, green, Port Royal, blue, green or pink | Sizes: Cob/full | RRP: £32.99 |
This traditional and classic-shaped close-contact saddle pad from Hy is designed to fit a wide range of saddles. It features the HyWither cut that provides clearance at the withers, a moisture-wicking lining, durable anti-rub girth cover protection and double touch-tape girth loops. The GP version of this saddle pad scored 8/10 when it was reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
LeMieux ProSport Suede EuroJump square
Colours: Black, grey, white, navy or benetton | Sizes: L | RRP: £54.95 |
This LeMieux pad is part of the EuroJump range in collaboration with Scott Brash. Developed to fit the cut of modern jumping saddles, this pad is swept up at the back to avoid catching your leg. The soft Bamboo lining absorbs and controls sweat under the saddle, while the new linear quilting pattern is complemented by the suede outer finish and co-ordinated braid. The wider girth keeper incorporates three inner locking loops to offer more girthing options. A previous version of this saddle pad scored 8/10 when it was reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
Mattes EuroFit Jump pad
Colours: 43 main colour options, with further options for piping, binding and lambskin | Sizes: S–XL | RRP: From £50.50 |
There are so many options if you choose this saddle pad – from the lambskin shapes and colour to piping and binding combinations. The lambskin has the ability to regulate temperature and absorb huge amounts of sweat, making it great for summer or winter use.
PolyPads Premier Jump saddle pad
Colours: 141 combinations | Sizes: Pony/cob or full | RRP: From £53.99 |
Designed with modern jump saddles in mind, this pad features a sophisticated shaped spine and girth loops that both assist in creating a neat, secure fit when you’re working hard. It is available in single or plus thickness.
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Premier Equine close contact European cotton saddle pad
Colours: Grey, navy, white, black, royal blue or red | Sizes: Full | RRP: £42 |
This highly wicking pad from Premier Equine features a high-wither design, 600D polyester girth panel and provides anti-rub protection. It also has a cutaway hem and double Velcro D-loop straps. A previous version of this saddle pad was scored 9/10 when reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
Rhinegold close-contact/jumping saddle pad
Colours: Royal, white, black, grey, red or yellow | Sizes: Pony, cob or full | RRP: £28.50 |
This European-style modern pad from Rhinegold features a PU leather girth protection area, a high-cut wither, touch-tape securing tabs and dynamic swept back design. It is densely padded to offer comfort and protection, and is lined with wicking and breathable material.
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Shires Performance Air Motion jump saddlecloth
Colours: Black | Sizes: 17–18in | RRP: £29.99 |
This compression-resistant and highly breathable saddlecloth from Shires actively moves moist air away from the body to keep your horse cool and dry. The anti-compression construction cushions and absorbs shock, while the fabric is quick drying, girth guard is hardwearing, and the D-ring straps are elasticated. The GP version of this saddle pad was reviewed at past of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
Stübben Streamline lambswool jumping/close contact pad
Colours: Grey, navy, white or black | Sizes: Full | RRP: £79 |
This Stübben saddle pad has a clever Velcro strip on the spine that attaches to a Velcro component that slots into the gullet of your saddle to minimise friction and movement – this component is available separately but the saddle pad can be used without it. The pad itself has a thin profile, soft border, smart piping and reinforced girth panel. It also has adjustable popper fastenings on the front attachment loops, which allows you to create a personalised and secure fit. Also available in an Adjuster style with shims.
WeatherBeeta Prime Ombre jump saddle pad
Colours: Autumn glow, stormy sky, midnight aurora, rainbow dream, sunflower field or ocean reef | Sizes: Pony or full | RRP: £44.50 |
This durable jump cotton pad has a wicking lining to help keep your horse cool, dry and comfortable. It is designed to fit more forward cut jumping saddles, while the breathable mesh spine allows for extra airflow and the high wither design offers extra space. Also available in a plain, bling, marble or leopard print styles. The plain GP version of this saddle pad scored 10/10 when it was reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
Yaris jumping saddle pad
Colours: 9 main colours, with further piping and binding options | Sizes: Pony, cob or full | RRP: From £37 |
Made from a tough, hard-wearing polyester/cotton quilting with a durable wadding inside, this Yaris saddle pad features a luxury lamb’s wool pad at the withers. It can be customised in a range of colours with options for binding and piping and can be personalised further with embroidery. Manufactured in Britain, the quality ensures the saddle pad stays like new even after repeated washing on a cool temperature.
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How to choose between the best jumping saddle pads
First of all it’s important to choose a saddle pad with a cut that compliments your saddle. If you have a modern European style jump saddle, look out for saddle pads that say they’re specially designed to fit. The thickness of the pad is also an important consideration because unless your saddle fitter has suggested that you seek out a particularly thick one, it’s best to opt for one that offers shock absorption without altering the fit of your saddle.
Other things to look out for are grippy and wicking material. Anti-slip additions can be on the underside of the saddle pad next to your horse, or on the top side between the pad and your saddle, while wicking materials will help draw away sweat to keep your horse dry and comfortable. The fastenings are easy to overlook, but some saddle pads come with adjustable, elasticated or Velcro fastenings, which can make life much easier and help you make your saddle pad a great fit.
Finally, check out the colour and personalisation options – some brands offer a really wide range as well as an array of piping and binding options, while others introduce new colours each season.
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