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The EcoGold Secure XC Saddle Pad is the #1 saddle pad used by top event riders!

Improve your safety and protection of your horse with the Secure™ XC saddle pad. This saddle pad is the choice of Phillip Dutton, Buck Davidson, Karen O’Connor, Boyd Martin and many more to keep their saddle completely secure. No slipping, no sliding, even in the worst conditions! The 100% breathable high-density foam in the seat area protects the horse's back from impact without adding extra bulk. The ergonomic shape and ultra-thin flaps (there’s no padding on the flaps), provides the rider with a more stable riding position. The high-tech 100% breathable materials quickly evaporate the moisture away, keeping the horse cool and dry, even on the hottest days.

Made in Canada
  • Non-slip
  • Breathable
  • High-density Foam in Seat
  • Ergonomic Shaping
  • Ultra thin flaps

Key Specifications
  • Material: Fleece, Underside Lycra with Teflon
  • Spine Measurement: 21"
  • Drop Measurement: 19"
  • Style: All-purpose


21" (spine)  x 19" (drop)  

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Material Fleece, Underside Lycra with Teflon
Spine Measurement 21"
Drop Measurement 19"
Billet Straps/Girth Loops None
Style All-purpose
Special Features Machine washable, prevents rubs, absorbs impact, moisture wicking, breathable ultra light weight, anti slip properties
Customizable No


Instructions for Use:
Washing instructions
  • Wash the saddle pads regularly.
  • Wash the saddle pads by themselves, 2 or 3 at a time depending on the capacity of the washing machine.
  • Do not overload the machine. Use warm water (delicate / casual cycle) – fast spinning will make the pad wear out faster.
  • Use a good chlorine-free detergent plus a good chlorine free bleach (Oxiclean works very well).
  • For hard to remove stains, you may have to apply a stain remover before washing.
To dry:
  • Hang to dry or put in the dryer for 5-10 min. in COOL temperature (HOT AIR will melt the saddle pad).
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    EcoGold Secure XC Saddle Pad is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 27.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beat the heat I used the EcoGold XC saddle pad on a hot humid day and was amazed how cool and dry my horse was during the ride and afterward. He enjoyed the nice fit to his back.
    Date published: 2016-06-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super pad One of the most expensive pads that I have bought. BUT one of the BEST worth every Penny !!!! Great pad
    Date published: 2016-04-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great purchase I have tried a wide variety of saddle pads and wasn't successful in finding one that didnt move all around when I was galloping and jumping. The eco gold pad stays in place from start to finish!
    Date published: 2016-03-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pad This pad is amazing. Stays in place, padding thin, but dense and comfortable for the horse, and does not retain sweat, so never wet. It is expensive, but so far lasting very well.
    Date published: 2015-09-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb pad for daily and show usage I use the pad on a daily basis. It wears well, dries quickly, and is easy to wash. It also fits exceptionally well and does not slip. This is a superior saddle pad and probably the best I have ever used.
    Date published: 2015-06-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely no slipping Definitely stopped the saddle pad slipping issue I was having with normal cotton saddle pads. Looks great and I notice my horse does NOT sweat under the saddle pad, only where the saddle is (so it apparently breathes really well!). I only wish the padding at the top was a little bit... denser/more memory-foam like? It feels a bit cheaper than I was expecting given the $150 price tag. I wouldn't buy it for the "shock absorbing" claim alone -- although I do think the padding helps some with that. Still a great saddle pad and true to the name, it is "secure"!
    Date published: 2015-06-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit, no slip! I bought my first Ecogold XC pad in December. I loved it! Wanted a second one in a different color. It fits great under the saddle, doesn't slip AND does add unnecessary heat and weight, which is important to me when competeing in the hot humid summer!
    Date published: 2015-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!! Fits perfect, keeps my saddle extra secure, my horse seems happier and moves better. Highly recommend!
    Date published: 2015-05-25
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Durability Issues I like this pad because it did help with saddle stability on my high-withered gelding. However, despite meticulous care and VERY limited use, this expensive pad is not holding up. The rubber/grippy material on the front of the pad has worn away and the inner fibers are exposed. Also, the bottom of the pad is no longer grippy and actually seems very slippery when sweaty, defeating the purpose of the pad. I am an amateur rider with one horse, so this pad is only used 1-2x/week max, and it is falling apart, which is unacceptable for an expensive pad. I would not purchase one again.
    Date published: 2015-05-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST!!! I bought this a month ago for jumping my OTTB with obnoxious withers. It is the best purchase I could had made to prevent runs on his wither and stop my saddle from sliding.
    Date published: 2015-05-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Pads Ever! I have 3 Ecogold pads, 2 XC and 1 Dressage and they are by far the best pads I have ever used! I love how breathable and confortable they are for my horses and the no slip helps so much since a lot of my horses saddles slip! Best pads ever and will definitely be buying more in the future!
    Date published: 2015-02-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Great product. Works exactly as it should, Keeps my saddle centered on my very round horse,
    Date published: 2014-12-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice product Great quality, did not slip and fit my saddle perfectly
    Date published: 2014-08-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite pad! I just purchased my second XC pad since after over two years of frequent use the first one seemed to start to become a bit less "spongy". It also started to be more grey and had some stains, but other than that no wear and tear or lose seems etc. and I will continue to use it. It has a great fit under my XC saddle and seems to be very comfortable for the horse as it also prevents sweat built up. It does not move or bunch up under the saddle and the saddle never slipped (even though on that horse the saddle never slips whatever pad you use). It washes really well, you pull it out of the washer, dry it and it is ready to go again. It is completely out of "modern" materials which work perfect for this purpose. I will buy it again and again!
    Date published: 2014-04-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic product. Other than the price, which I think is a little excessive, this pad is fantastic. Really holds you saddle in place when it matters even on horses without withers. A must have.
    Date published: 2013-04-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pad I purchased this pad because one of my mares has a super round back and tiny withers making it very hard to keep a saddle in place. This pad has done the trick! I never feel the saddle moving around under me anymore and even more remarkable, it doesn't move forward on her anymore either. This was pricey, but worth it.
    Date published: 2012-12-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from As advertised This is an excellent pad, the non-skid surface ensures that it stays in place even on the longest gallops over rough terrain. There is a thin layer of padding on the upper portion and the sides have no padding at all, allowing it to work very well with my custom fit saddle. I highly recommend this pad to anyone who had a big mover with a tendency to push pads back.
    Date published: 2012-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely secure, forget the breast plate! I have been looking for a form fitting pad for cross country. I didn't like this price tag, but after reading other reviews, I had to try it. Used it for the first time yesterday at a 3 phase and LOVED it. There is a lot of cushening on the spine and the non stick material keeps everything in place. I have a Courbette Vision saddle that is really long and used to get extra long pads that would still bunch up. This one couldn't fit any better. It's an 18" and this would fit any xc or close contact saddle. The grip material on the underside is just like the stuff that keeps carpets from slipping. It doesn't pinch the horse's skin at all though. Loved this and will use it frequently. In my opinion, it's better to spend more money and get what you want than having 5 mediocre pads laying around that don't work right and don't make you happy.
    Date published: 2012-10-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does what it says and more! I have a "pad spitter" - no matter what you put on my gelding's back, he will spit the pad out behind. Saddle doesn't move - pads fly out right from underneath. His saddle has been professionally fitted and computer scanned, so I know it fits - his big, long shoulder just pushes everything out of the way. I've tried everything - Nunn Finer no-slip, wet chamois, you name it. The only thing that worked is a perforated gel pad that is around $100, but I was worried about heat build-up in a NC summer. I got this pad as a gift from a friend, and I adore it. It stays put, and I love the cushioning and the fact that it breathes. It's actually quite sharp-looking and fits my extremely-forward flapped saddle very well. I'm definitely buying another to use for stadium (mine is charcoal grey - my xc colors). I can't speak for the durability as I only use mine for competitions/clinics, but it is very well-made and looks brand new even after a few washings.
    Date published: 2012-01-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top Notch Performance Pad I have just started eventing and wanted a pad that could hold up in all three phases. This pad went beyond my expectations. Great quality product. Completely worth the price tag. Looks very professional. This pad withstands the ultimate test of galloping and jumping on the uneven terrain of a cross-country course. My saddle actually stayed in place even when cantering downhill and jumping downhill. This pad is very sporty and I love the way it looks on. The no slip fabric is great and the pad is breathable for the horse too. I prefer the look of this pad because it doesn't have any of the fleece that some of the other EcoGold pads have. After seeing some of the pads with the fleece in person I thought they looked a little bit cheap. If you are wanting a fleece/sheepskin pad there are some nicer looking ones like Fleeceworks, Equine Comfort Products, and Mattes pads. However, the EcoGold pads are definitely the front runners of any pad as far as keeping your saddle in place, secure, and free from slipping! I would highly recommend this pad. It is expensive, but completely worth the money.
    Date published: 2011-11-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from BUY THIS PAD!!! Seriously, I was skeptical about paying over $30 for a saddle pad let alone over 100! But it is absolutely the best pad I've ever owned and worth every penny! I've been eventing for 8 years now and nothing has ever come close to the quality of this pad. It has shock absorbing cushioning like a half pad and stays in place better than any no-slip pad I've ever seen. Plus just soak it in some OxiClean and throw it in with your other pads (on cold NOT hot or it will melt!) and its just as beautiful as the day you bought it. Buy this pad because you won't regret it!
    Date published: 2011-10-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pad! I love this pad! It fits my saddle perfectly. It helps make it more secure and stable. It is machine washable, however, I don't recommend using the agitator style machine, it can cause some of the stabilizer material to 'wear/rub' off. I love how thin it is, yet padded slightly in the seat. If I ever needed more I would just get a half pad, but I've never needed more. (my saddle does fit my horse) I use it every time I use my jumping saddle, which is 4-5 days a week.
    Date published: 2011-03-24
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