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The comfort with the lambskin saddle pads ...

Die Bequemlichkeit mit den Lammfellschabracken…

Who does not know it: Quickly the saddle pad with the integrated one Lambskin grabbed, placed on the back and saddle on. In this case, it is of course positive that the fur with all its useful properties is placed directly on the horse's back and the horse benefits from it. Fiddling withseparate pad andSaddle pad can be awkward at times, especially if the fit of the two parts does not correlate and the correct positioning is like a doctoral thesis. 

But why it still makes sense to separate the saddle pad and the lambskin or alpaca fleece pad:

It makes sense due to the different requirements for the cleaning agent of the materialsPad andSaddle pad separate so that they can be washed separately. While fur and wool have naturally self-cleaning and antibacterial properties, cotton and other fabrics are dependent on cleaning using various substances.n.

Normal detergent has a pH value between 10 and 11 and is therefore in the alkaline range. This is the optimum spectrum of activity of the surfactants contained, which remove particularly organic soiling and generally ensure the washing performance of the detergent. In addition, special detergent enzymes and bleaching agents ensure that the fibers are not only optically clean but also free of microorganisms. Furthermore, cotton is less sensitive to the washing process and can be washed warmer and spun at a higher speed.

Wool detergent however, it has a slightly acidic to neutral pH value and contains milder surfactants, which prevents the fur or wool from matting. In addition, moisturizing substances are often added, which smooth the fibers and make them comfortable to wear. 

„But my lambskin saddle pad is always clean after washing.“

The models from well-known manufacturers, which have an integrated lambskin on the saddle pad, usually consist of the top and bottom Polyester (mixed) fabric . This is less sensitive to dirt because it has a smooth fiber structure. The lambskin or wool detergent used is sufficient to remove stains and sweat residues from this fabric. Often the underside of these models is designed in a color that does not allow light dirt remaining in the fabric to be optically recognized. 

In the case of saddle pads, which have an underside cotton orCotton molton wool or lambskin detergent is not enough. The latter material is particularly characterized by its absorbency, which ensures maximum sweat absorption during training. This is achieved through the structure of the natural cotton fibers. It is precisely these structures that are required by the surfactants, splitting detergent enzymes and bleaching agents contained in a conventional detergent in order to be completely cleaned. 

Who will say a, need to say b as well

So the crux is not that fur or thatAlpaca fleecebut the fabric of the saddlecloth. Particular attention should be paid to the underside, which is in direct contact with the horse. Anyone who makes a conscious decision to use a fur or wool product with all its positive properties (e.g. thermoregulatory, antibacterial) should also take another look at the composition here. A non-breathable polyester fabric on the remaining elements of the saddle pad causes increased perspiration again. 

When choosing the saddle pad, be it in combination with or without one Lambskin - orAplaka fleece pads, attention should be paid to the composition of the tissue that comes into contact with the horse's back. In addition, the similar cut of the saddlecloth and pad plays a role for them Fit an important role. Models with pronouncedFreedom withers often make the combination easier and thanks to the chambered shape they stay in place and do not pull down on the withers. 

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