A Sample of 5 Star Saddle Pads and Cinches
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ABOUT 5 STAR
Located in the beautiful countryside of Hatfield, Arkansas, 5 Star is built on “good ole country values”, hard work, friendly customer service and customer satisfaction. Although not the biggest company, 5 Star strives to be the “WORLD’S FINEST.”
Equine enthusiasts throughout the world seek to maximize the potential of their horse through aspects of equine stewardship. The five components that allow a horse to reach its potential are: genetics, nutrition, health care, training and equipment.
As a result of these five critical components, 5 Star has focused on producing the finest, all-natural products available to the equine industry.
5 Star stands for excellence in quality, craftsmanship and materials. Maintaining excellence is a standard which is met by carefully selecting the finest pressed virgin wool felt, leather, mohair and hardware. Products produced always receive full consideration to conformation, movement, natural therapeutic comfort and application.
5 Star produces 100% wool felt pads, mohair cinchas and wool blankets specifically designed to fit what is right for horses and mules.
“If you wouldn’t wear it, why should your animal?”
Why Use Wool Saddle Pads and Blankets?
Excerpts from “Wool – The High Tech Material”
By Mike Easton
Content Review – Dr. Joyce Harmon, DVM
“…in the age of modern miracle fibers and foams, scientific research supports that the almost forgotten fiber made by God still remains the original high-tech fiber. That material is WOOL.”
“The secret to wool lies in its complex cellular structure. Each hollow strand is engineered to trap heat while resisting the buildup of moisture.”
“Today’s sportsman and equine owner are learning what sheep in the hottest and coldest climates of world have known for thousands of years…the original “high-tech fiber,” wool is still unmatched.”
The ” hydrophilic-”water -loving” component in wool is the aspect that delivers sweat and heat away from horses back and through the saddle pad.”
“100% wool saddle pads and blankets’ unique ability to deal with perspiration is ONE OF THE IMPORTANT components of limiting sores or the severity of a sore from a pressure point of an improperly fitted saddle or piece of tack. Wool’s ability to wick sweat away from the body leaves the skin drier and cooler than other materials.
Synthetic material, fibrous, open and closed cell foams, trap heat and so not wick and increase chances of heat related pressure sores. Also they have limited compression protection.
The cure for all these problems with saddle pads and blankets is quite simple. As Ray Hunt says, “It’s what happened before that you didn’t want to have happen.”
5 Star’s aim is to help everyone we can!
Saddle Pads & What Manufacturers Don’t Tell You!
Read the article below for some insights into saddle pad manufacturing and marketing.
By Mike G. Easton
Dr. Joyce Harman, D.V. M., Equine Research Specialist
Marketing of saddle pads has become big business. All one has to do is make a web search and you will find over 15 pages of manufacturers. Each pad company puts various marketing emphasis on their products. Emphasis ranges from comfort, fit, durability, ease of cleaning, cooling, compression protection, performance, close contact, blood flow to animal’s back and the list goes on.
Pad manufacturers “bias” their marketing labels to sell pads—bottom line! For instance, one manufacturer uses the term “wool like” on their label; another very expensive blanket/pad combination has the symbol used by the American Wool Council on the wear leather and yet close examination of the item shows it has a synthetic backed fleece, open cell foamed backed inner core and wool blend weave on top; another uses technical flattery – …two layers of air cells and ultra shock foam core producing lock down effect that eliminates slippage… Therapeutic is another big leader such as open cell medical memory foam, medical felt and … increase oxygen, energy, and muscle recovery. And all of the claims of being 100% wool only cloud the marketing hype.
Another glaring example of manufacturers of foam pads contradicting themselves is when they were interviewed for an article for Equestrian Retailer, July 2004, Vol. 7, No. 2. They give their bias on the benefits of neoprene products and then later state, “Manufacturers advise riders and trainers not to leave neoprene pads on horses for long periods of time because they build heat and moisture.” And this makes no difference whether the pad is perforated or waffled. It is impossible to channel air as they like to make one believe.
You can see that with catchy terms a saddle pad purchaser can easily be misled when trying to find the best compression protection, wicking and durability possible for their horse. Hopefully we can help you to understand some of the physical properties of pad materials simply by looking and feeling the pads surface and knowing where to find correct information.
Before addressing the aspects of saddle pad materials one cannot over emphasize the importance of good saddle fit. If the saddle does not fit correctly soring will take place. Additional padding is only a temporary fix and will not solve the problem. In most instances if you are having problems with a pad staying in place you have to take a hard look at how the tree in your saddle fits the conformation of your horse. Because of expense, it is not practical to be changing saddles all the time so it is then necessary to find correct pad material that will stay in place, provide maximized compression protection and cooling.read more…