A saddle pad protects your horse’s back from the friction that can be caused by saddles rubbing onto your horse’s hair and skin. Saddle pads or saddle blankets also help to protect the saddle by absorbing some of the sweat of your horse's back.. At Mustad Saddleworld we've found that it's best to add an additional 2"-3" to the length of your saddle when purchasing your saddle cloth. One of the most common saddle pads among rider are saddle pads with a fleece bottom. The fleece is often either a synthetic fleece or actual wool or sheep fleece. This is a soft material that is also under many saddles. Saddle blankets can also be made from foam, gel and other materials. We know it is important to choose the perfect saddle cloth for your saddle, whether it be a western saddle pad with bling, a dressage saddle pad with bling, or a plain white dressage saddle cloth – we have something for you!