What to Know About Saddle Cloths and Numnahs

Both saddle cloths and numnahs are important pieces of horse riding gear that serve a similar purpose. This important piece of fabric is designed to be placed between the saddle and the back of the horse to properly absorb sweat and protect the back of the horse.  

Saddle Cloths — for centuries a saddle cloth has been used in all different types of saddles. These are available in a wide range of styles and designs suited to different purposes. Most often these are made out of wool, synthetic fibers or cotton but have the same basic design and purpose. Different saddle cloths will also come in a variety of thicknesses. Some can even be folded over to provide double-thickness. This will provide the horse with greater comfort and warmth in those colder months. Saddle cloths are also used to adjust minor problems with the saddle being used when fitted to the saddle, the saddle cloth is typically 35 inches square, but different sizes and designs will be made to suit the needs of different horses and riders.

Numnahs — very similar to the saddle cloth — are numnah, which is more like a saddle pad. The biggest difference between these two similar pieces of equipment is that a saddle cloth is a folded cloth and a numnah is shaped around the saddle it will be supporting. A Numnah fits perfectly underneath the saddle so that it can barely be seen by an onlooker and provides that neat “buttoned up” look as well as providing heat release in those hotter months.

Most people will make a decision between numnahs and saddle pads based on their personal preferences. Sometimes it is a question of style, but you can choose whichever you prefer based on the riding style, local climate and any other details you consider important.  

The Numnah is often a thicker option than the saddle cloth and is even available in a wider range of thickness to suit every need. Extra thick numnahs can make for a far more comfortable ride and can prevent fatigue on the back muscles of your horse. Sometimes the numnah will feature an outer layer of felt or special foamy materials that add further cushioning where contact is made with the horse.  

We offer a full range of numnahs and saddle cloths in every style and design conceivable. Here are some of the three options we believe would be best for you to consider.  

Economy option

Versatile and simplistic, the Roma Grand Prix Numnah is the best option for a wide range of saddles. This numnah is soft and especially durable. It is also finished with a diamond quilted finish along the cotton outer drill. Another nice thing about the Roma Grand Prix numnah is that it is 100% machine washable and this is especially convenient. This name is not only a good choice for racing and competitive events, but practical enough for everyday use.  

Middle of the road

The Roma Ecole Star is an Quilted All-Purpose Saddle Pad with a soft back and extra cushioning in an attractive star-quilted design. It has an attractive colored edging and special lining to mick sweat and moisture away. This is a good option for the comfort of the horse and is also available in an array of exciting colors.  

Top end

The Roma Sheepskin Numnah might be the best choice for you if you are looking to spend a little bit more for some impressive quality and all-purpose action. Half of this numnah is lined with sheepskin and for extra aesthetic value and superior comfort.  

Now that you know a bit more about why saddle cloths and numnahs are so important, why not browse our extensive selection of products for an item suitable to your needs?

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