I know what you're thinking, it's "just another half pad". Perhaps you need to see this to believe it - the revolution is beginning!
When Animo released their W-Pad in April, I have to admit that I wasn't champing at the bit to get it in store. Call me a pessimist, I just couldn't imagine what more could be done to a memory foam half pad that already hadn't been discovered!
The pads arrived, looking sleek and 'Animo-esque' in their packaging (boxes, not just plastic) and they sat, still in their boxes, for two weeks on the shop floor before even bothered to crack that seal and have a look at them... and boy, did I take everything I had said and thought back almost instantaneously!
That foam. That squishy, soft, pillows of marshmallow, scrumptious foam that I had thought would be like 'every other memory foam pad' out there, moulded to my fingers with every touch and prod. Can't find me at a show? I 99% guarantee you I'll be snoozing in my truck with this as my pillow.
Of course this is the major improvement and benefit to this style of pad, which is unlike other pads I've come across being much more rigid memory foam construction.
Naturally, it came home with me... in Blu Navy (so pretty). I tried it on both of my horses, both of whom are polar opposites in type (one 16.1 compact WB/TB, the other a 17.1, 4yr old leggy WB still growing and developing). The difference in how my saddle sat was quite noticeable. I had previously been using an older style sheepskin half pad with shims. There was less shifting of the saddle from get go - it didn't slip back so much on the youngster and it sat evenly on the rolly-polly compact type.
There was clearance through the wither thanks to the mesh wither panel which also provides a cooling effect and ventilation, and it was quite moveable to sit just where I wanted it. Both horses worked very happily with it on which is always positive.
Aside from this, the soft, microsuede feeling cover is entirely removable for safe washing through a velcro centre strip allowing the memory foam to be removed.
It is available in a range of colours - currently we have Black (nero) and Blu Navy in stock but being a stock line of Animo, we can order in other colours as required.
You can see them on the website by clicking here: Animo W-Pad
Any questions, we're always more than happy to have a chat and discuss products to ensure they suit you!
Lara & Carla
Synonymous with style, the Secchiari label is second to none.
Stivaleria Secchiari is a family business founded in 1950 by Alfredo and Emilia Secchiari based in Le Marche, Italy; today Stivaleria Secchiari continues with traditional, expert craftsmanship handed down through three generations of boot makers specialising in high quality boots in the equestrian industry.
Their products are entirely hand made and can be personalised by choosing from a variety of trims, models and types of leathers.
All of the leathers used in creating the boots and accessories are carefully selected in Tuscany, renowned for its quality and durability.
The Secchiari brand is well known across the world by riders from many equestrian disciplines for classic design, attention to detail and for their performance.
We were stunned and unbelievably impressed by the true craftsmanship and passion for their work, as demonstrated at the Secchiari workshop in Macerata, Italy, and you will undoubtedly feel the same way upon laying eyes on their bespoke handmade boots!
Offering a multitude of leather options, trim details, stitching, styles and bling - there is almost nothing that this small family cannot achieve in boot creation.
Similarly to the Italian Anna Scarpati label, there are also two ways of getting your hands on these boots:
1. Off The Shelf
As the name suggests, and alike many commercial manufacturers - this allows a range of foot sizes (mens and womens) with four different heights available and a range of calf widths. This means that you can essentially walk into the shop and find a pair of boots that will more or less fit you as best a non-made to measure boot would, all with the handmade attention to detail and flawless finish of Secchiari.
These second option offers a vast and potentially unlimited selection of boots, the only limit being the imagination!
2. Made to Measure
Here is where you get to think outside the box a little & create the boot of your dreams. We have a range of 'made to measure' boots in store/online for the creative juices to start flowing - but the options are endless here!
For more details on how to order or build the boot of your dreams, get in touch with us today!
The measurement process is straightforward and the results have been excellent. A multitude of leg and foot measurements means these boots fit like they should, right from the start. The hardest part is deciding what you want!
Happy riding :)
Lara & Carla
Have you got 'Colours'? Many studs, breeders and companies do and it can be a real hassle trying to get riding accessories off the shelf that reflect this.
Enter Italian label Anna Scarpati, who can craft essentially anything you can possible desire with an incredible range of coloured trimmings, colours and bling for your rugs, show & stable equipment.
"Anna Scarpati is an Italian company born from the passion of horses. Staying true to the Made in Italy promise, Anna and her associates offer a full collection of accessories for the horse, the stable and the rider. The attention to detail, the choice of materials and the customer service they provide are points that continue to distinguish this brand. The entire collection is structured in a simple way, to assist the customer in creating items of their dreams."
Essentially there are two divisions to Scarpati.
1. Fast Delivery: As this suggests, this section is part of the collection that includes items that can be delivered quickly (turn around 10 days from order). It includes basic versions in solid colours, and other versions with the most sought-after colour combinations. These products cannot be customised or altered, hence the ability to produce them quickly.
2. Tailor Line: This is the most complete collection with a wide range of items that can be customised according to customer taste and requirement. This includes accessories for the horse, the stable and the rider. This line requires 20 days from order to production.
Currently we have a few colour ranges in store and online for those wanting to check out options: The Bordeaux Collection of Beige/Ruby/Navy/White and Navy/Turtle Dove/White/Ruby and the Classic Collection of Black/Silver/White/Grey.
Both Lara and Carla self can vouch for the exceptional quality of handcrafted Scarpati. Drop in and see it for yourself, or jump online and see what you can do!
Lara & Carla