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Monday, May 29, 2017

Equicizer All Purpose Riding Pad


An In Depth Look

We at Wooden Horse Corp. are extremely excited to share with you our new All Purpose Riding Pad! Designed by Equicizer creator, Frankie Lovato, this new pad was created and tailored specifically for the Equicizer, but can also be used as a bareback pad on real horses if desired. Its custom design makes it suitable for any one of any size. The All Purpose Riding Pad was crafted with versatility and multi-function at the forefront of the design goal.

In today’s Wooden Horse Wednesday we’d like to take you behind the scenes and reveal the inspiration behind this pad, as well as what makes it a unique design, unlike anything currently available, to be used for a multitude of applications. To start, here’s a word from Frankie Lovato on his inspiration to design this pad:

Inspiration

"I created this pad out of my own frustration of wanting and needing something better for our customers to use with their Equicizers. It has allowed me to make adjustments to things I have not only seen in my own use and research but have also heard voiced from others as inconvenient or incorrect on many traditional bareback pads throughout the years. My design for our Equicizer All Purpose Riding Pad protects the riders’ legs from all buckles. The placement of the seat of the pad along with the stirrups and girth is correctly aligned so that when used on the Equicizer or on a real horse, the rider can use proper riding alignment through their shoulder, hip, and heel, and without interference from any of those pieces. The pad also girths up with a standard English style girth.

We use this Equicizer pad design with our own therapeutic riding program, Stampede of Dreams. The students range in age and size, so quick and easy stirrup adjustment is an extremely useful feature. The pommel and cantle are soft, which allows for a large variety of out of the box exercises, stretches, and types of therapy to be conducted.

We are also very proud to announce that - just like the Equicizer - our All Purpose Riding Pad is made right here in the USA. We teamed up with Weaver Leather, also based out of Ohio, for the creation of our All Purpose Riding Pad and have worked closely with the Weaver team throughout the entire process. I am so proud of our finished product and strongly believe that this is a great solution to common bareback pad problems. I couldn't be more excited to get the feedback of our customers." - Frankie Lovato

Design

There are five main design elements behind the Equicizer All Purpose Riding Pad.

    1. First, the Equicizer All Purpose Riding Pad is covered with a durable Herculon top that is mold and mildew resistant. Quick-drying and easy to clean, these pads have a maize fleece bottom for added comfort and crafted top grain wear leathers bearing the Equicizer logo stitched on the pommel and skirts, giving it a sleek, sporty look.

    2. Our pad was created with a 2 layer concept. There is a protective flap covering both the stirrup and girth buckles, preventing any sort of rubbing or uncomfortable bulge against the rider’s leg.

3.      The seat of the pad is correctly aligned so that you are sitting squarely in the middle of the pad – not too far forward or too far behind. The stirrups and girth are also carefully placed encouraging the proper alignment of your shoulder, hip and heel – again, designed specifically to prevent interference from any of the buckles.

4.      The pad uses a standard size English girth. The stirrups themselves are light weight - and easily removed if desired - and the stirrup leathers are custom made, allowing them to be adjusted accordingly, making the pad ideal for riders of any age or size.

5.      The pad also features breast plate “D” rings in the event that it is used on a real horse.

The Equicizer All Purpose Riding Pad can be purchased as a complete package with stirrups, stirrup leathers and girth included, or by itself.

Riding Applications

One of our main goals in creating this pad was to design something that was both functional and versatile, and useable by any type of rider. Whether you ride English or Western, are using the Equicizer in a therapy setting or to train as professional jockey, the All Purpose Riding Pad can be molded to your specific needs and application. 
by Kayla Jarvinen

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