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The V.I.P Saddle Pad

130.00
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The V.I.P Saddle Pad

130.00

THE VERY IMPORTANT PAD IS UNIQUE

  • Superior textured structure gives high tensile strength, the key to maintaining shape under extreme and prolonged compression

  • Soft, flexible and seamless with no pressure causing trims

  • Moulds to your horses back like a low profile second skin

  • A thin film gullet eliminates pressure on the horse’s spine

  • Only 8mm thick so does not alter your saddle fit

  • Bobbles increase surface area, alleviating pressure points and evenly distributing weight

  • Non-sticky, does not cause friction or pluck hair when removed

Terms of hiring                                                

Pay for the VIP Pad as a deposit, Try for up to 2 weeks, If you want to return it, send it back for a refund less hire fee and delivery charge. if you want to keep it there is nothing else to pay.

The hiring charge is £25 for up to 2 weeks inc  VAT & delivery. Pads must be returned within the 4 weeks, unless you want to keep the pad. We send out new pads so you keep the one you try..

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THE VERY IMPORTANT PAD IS UNIQUE

  • Superior textured structure gives high tensile strength, the key to maintaining shape under extreme and prolonged compression

  • Soft, flexible and seamless with no pressure causing trims

  • Moulds to your horses back like a low profile second skin

  • A thin film gullet eliminates pressure on the horse’s spine

  • Only 8mm thick so does not alter your saddle fit

  • Bobbles increase surface area, alleviating pressure points and evenly distributing weight

  • Non-sticky, does not cause friction or pluck hair when removed

Terms of hiring                                                

Pay for the VIP Pad as a deposit, Try for up to 2 weeks, If you want to return it, send it back for a refund less hire fee and delivery charge. if you want to keep it there is nothing else to pay.

The hiring charge is £25 for up to 2 weeks inc  VAT & delivery. Pads must be returned within the 4 weeks, unless you want to keep the pad. We send out new pads so you keep the one you try..

The cost of the pad is £130 inc delivery

 

Available colours black, bright blue & gold

 

Hire Charge £25 inc delivery for 2 weeks

 

How the hiring works.

We charge the full RRP for the pad as a deposit, in advance. The hire period is 2 weeks and if after 2 weeks you decide not to keep the pad, after they are returned and checked, we will issue you with a refund less the hire fee £20 & delivery charge.

 

If you decide that you want to buy the pad, then you keep the one that you have as we send out new pads for customers to try.

 Please don’t send back damaged pad because we won’t issue you with a refund!

 The pad is sent out two day delivery. The hirer is responsible for the safe return of the pad if they want to send it back & I would recommend My Hermes or a similar insured signed for service

 The pad must be returned cleaned with no damage to them, in its original packaging. Don’t worry about any hairs! You will need to rinse the pad under a cold tap to clean it before sending it back.

Any questions?

•         Which way up  and where do I put the VIP on my horse and

 

Use the VIP always bobble side to the horse, so bobble side down.  It is totally hypoallergenic and bacteriostatic so you can either use it directly on your horses back or between the saddle cloth and saddle. Horses have preferences so try both ways to find out what is best for your horse.

 

•         How is the VIP different to other pads

 

Sheepskin is very popular, and after reindeer skin (completely impractical!) was tested a decade or more ago (2004 I think) to have the best shock absorbent properties. However times have moved on, sheepskin is very bulky and thick and puts the rider a long way off the saddle, which in times of innovative saddle design and a move towards close contact saddles is counter intuitive. It is also tricky to keep clean, everything sticks to sheepskin and if you drop it in the mud its 24hrs before you can get it washed and dry and usable again.

 

Foam pads have had a lot of investment research wise. The problem with foams, memory foam, closed cell foam is that when you compress it it stays compressed and takes ages to bounce back, and under the weight of a rider it never does. In our mind this diminishes its shock absorbent qualities. Foams can also be bulky. This is great if you have a saddle that doesn’t fit or a horse that is rapidly changing shape because you can fit the saddle a bit big and fill the spaces with the foam pads and shims. The VIP is designed not to effect the fit of a correctly fitting saddle

 

The most well known market leading gel brand is not ideal either. The thinner versions spread under pressure. If you squeeze the pad between finger and thumb the pads just moves out the way leaving finger and thumb touching. Technically this is described as having a low tensile strength. VIP approached them for testing results and they didn’t have any. The market leader favours sticky pads, read on and see why we don’t like them!

 

•         Why is VIP so special

Our raw material is incredible! Technically Akton ™ ( product of Action inc USA) is not a gel. It does not leak flow or bottom out under pressure. It was designed by a surgeon over 40 years ago to prevent and treat pressure sores and ulcers in his patients. Today this raw material is the universal  and international gold standard in impact protection. If you needed surgery the chances are the theatre bed and the supports used to position you would be topped with or made of Akton ™. It is also used by the military, in space ship harnesses, by stunt actors, in American football helmets, in gun recoil pads, in motorcycle seats and many other sporting applications. We searched the world for a raw material that would really help our horses. Only the best would do! This pushes the price up but you can be assured you are using a pad that offers your horse the very best protection

•         My saddle fits, my saddler told me not to use any pads, my saddler doesn’t like the VIP

At only 8mm thick, The VIP will not alter saddle fit. The age old analogy says if my shoes fit then why would I make them tight by adding a thick pair of socks. What about if you have amazing fitting shoes and you add a very thin insole that makes them oh so comfortable? This is what the VIP does, it adds a superior lay of cushioning that will give you and your horse the extra edge performance wise. In medical settings the pad is used as a skin/fat substitute in radiotherapy to protect the patients skin. Akton behaves just like fat and skin, so in effect what you are doing is adding a thin layer of fat to your horses back to offer better cushioning.

Why does the VIP have bobbles

 

We originally got the idea from bubble wrap but fast realised it enabled us to use the maximum amount of raw material without making The VIP bulky and heavy. From feedback from physios , saddlers and our customers we realised the bobbles served another purpose. The bobbles have a small amount of movement in the which allows the muscles and fascia to move under the pad. The flat side goes against your panel for maximum contact. So effectively the top and bottom move separately. This also helps stabilise the saddle. Many riders have reported this help their own backs. 

 

Is The VIP sticky, why doesn’t it have ‘air holes’

 

No! We hate sticky pads. They cause so many problems. They cause friction, they stick to the horse and pluck hair when removed. The horse moves in a dynamic way and a saddle needs to move a bit with the horse. The muscles need to ‘roll’ under the panels. 

 

‘Air holes’ fill with hair and sweat also adding to this plucking effect. Also claims manufacturers make that the air holes allow the horses backs to breath don’t make sense. How can a back breathe when you have a gel, a saddle cloth, a saddle and a rider on top?