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EcoGold Stabilizer™ Hunter Pad

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The EcoGold Stabilizer™ Hunter Pad is a the ultimate pad for professional and show circuit riders who desire a sharp looking pad with all the bells and whistles. All parts are 100% breathable and provide the maximum protection from impact while preventing unwanted saddle movement. The saddle pad is designed with a forward shape and without padding on the flaps to allow a closer leg contact.­­


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1-ULTRA-GRIP: This breathable non-slip fabric keeps the saddle stable.
2-BREATHABLE EXTRA-COMPACT FOAM: (SEAT AREA ONLY) 100% breathable material that offers the best protection against impact
3 – LYCRA (underside): This soft high-tech fabric prevents rubbing on the withers.
4- ULTRA-GRIP (underside): Holds the saddle pad in place.



Care instructions: Wash in a domestic washing machine with cold water or by hand in warm water and a mild detergent. Hang to dry. Do not put in a dryer. Do not wash with items with hook and loop closures or sharp edges. Do not use chlorine or other corrosive bleaching agents.

Key Specifications
  • Material: Fleece, Underside Lycra with Teflon
  • Spine Measurement: Medium - 19.5", Large - 21"
  • Drop Measurement: Medium - 18.5", Large - 19"
  • Style: All-purpose
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Medium: 19.5” x 18.5", fits 16 – 16 ½” saddles
Large: 21” x 19”, fits 17 – 17 ½” saddles

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Specifications

Material Fleece, Underside Lycra with Teflon
Spine Measurement Medium - 19.5", Large - 21"
Drop Measurement Medium - 18.5", Large - 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
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    EcoGold Stabilizer™ Hunter Pad is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 57.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Saddle slipped on first use Bought this because I thought it would eliminate the need to use a no slip pad; I was wrong. Will probably return and get a sheepskin pad as I have to use a no slip under this anyway.
    Date published: 2017-04-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fit. This pad does not slip and has good cushioning along back. Great close contact at legs
    Date published: 2017-03-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this pad! Bought this pad last year and have shown in it many times. Loved it for the longest time until my hunter was clipped for a show and the pad slipped after we finished our division. My horse has a massive jump so I am not shocked it slipped. Overall love the pad!!!
    Date published: 2017-02-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only Pad that stays on my horses back! I ride in the hunters and equitation on my 17 h gelding who has a longish back and luckily has a beautiful shiny coat which makes his back SO SLIPPERY! Even with a sticky girth (I recommend professional choice) my Saddle ALWAYS slips back, especially when showing. However, the EcoGold Stabilizer keeps my Saddle right where it should be! Expensive, yes, but not as much as some of the other ones which can be impossible to clean and are crazy slippery. This Pad is easy to clean and STAYS pretty clean so I barely have to wash it. It looks fantastic. I have a medium, which fits my 17.5 forward/long flap Saddle, though large would work too. Great for any show ring from local shows to AA rated. Definitely would recommend to anyone who struggles with a horse's slippery back!
    Date published: 2017-02-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dosent slip at all! I just got this a little but ago and ya amazing! It fits my saddle perfectly and it looks awesome. It literally didn't slip at all
    Date published: 2016-05-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Hunter Pad I bought this for my 20 year old hunter mare to help keep her comfortable in the show ring since we are getting older and her withers are becoming more prominent. My saddle is a 17.5 Devoucoux with 2A flaps and the Large size of this pad fits absolutely perfect. It really does not slip at all. I never had to readjust my saddle every time I came out of the ring like I did with my old Medallion pad. Well worth the investment and can't beat that it's machine washable!
    Date published: 2016-04-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really doesn't slip!! I've always shown with the fleeceworks FWXK close contact hunter pad, and ALWAYS have had slipping issues. Not only that but my mares poor back would be drenched underneath, they didn't breathe AT ALL and I literally had to fix my pad between almost every course. This weekend I tried the ecogold stabilizer at our first show of the season and I didn't have to adjust once. I also felt I could leave my girth a tad looser (I don't like to crank my girth up) and maintain perfect stability. I didn't have to use my hunter ogilvy on top of it because it stayed in the proper position as well! We jumped around several 2'9"-3' courses without the pad slipping even an inch. I'm totally sold on this pad and would happily buy again, although from the sounds of friends on facebook, this should last me a LONG time and still look amazing! An added bonus, both pad AND horse were DRY afterwards, the fleeceworks would have been soaked along with her! I'm loving the crisp appearance as well, looks tidy and professional, won't hesitate to use this at the few rated shows I'll dabble in throughout the year. I ordered a large for my 17.5" and feel like an 18" would also fit the large, but I guess it depends on the saddle. Regardless, WORKS FOR ME!
    Date published: 2016-04-19
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from questionable effectiveness The first time I tried the pad, I only had 10 min. for riding. The saddle didn't slip when I dismounted. The next time I rode, it did slip when I dismounted. My pony is shedding, I don't know how much that has to do with it.
    Date published: 2016-04-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the price No more saddle slipping! Its lightweight and airy with a little extra padding along the back, but not so bulky that the saddle won't fit properly. I purchased a medium pad right before I got a new 17" saddle, they still work just fine together.
    Date published: 2016-04-08
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as happy as I thought I bought this pad for my horse who's saddle slides back a lot. We have had saddle fitting issues and thought this would be perfect to show. Right away I noticed that there is no billets for your girth & people commented on them saying that they aren't needed. As soon as I got around my first turn of my course, the saddle pad was already slipped behind my leg. The pad is much thinner than I thought. Super disappointed and I will be returning this pad immediately.
    Date published: 2016-03-22
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's decent My mare doesn't care for it, my gelding love it! Pricey for what it is in my opinion
    Date published: 2016-03-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Hunter/Equitation Pad I've Ever Had! At first I was a little concerned that the pad would slide because there weren't any keepers on it but the saddle did NOT move at all. My thoroughbred's high withers usually move pads back a good four inches but it was like this pad was glued to his back. Looks great and adsorbs sweat well during a long competition. The medium pad fit both my 16.5 saddle with a forward flap and my 17.5 regular flap saddle (barely)
    Date published: 2016-01-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my second Eco Gold pad. The other lasted for years and they are great.
    Date published: 2015-12-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great show pad These are the only saddle pads I use in the show ring. Always exceptional quality and durability!
    Date published: 2015-11-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect show pad!!!!! this pad does not move at all, even in 90 degree weather!!!
    Date published: 2015-06-21
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from I ordered this for my daughter. She has 17" Junior Circuit saddle. I ordered the large one and it was way to small had to return it. A larger one was not available.
    Date published: 2015-05-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Pad I bunch of people at my barn have this pad and I groom for them so I can attest to the fact that this pad really does prevent any kind of slipping. It seems to fit the high-end french saddles (voltaire, antares, CWD) very well, and I'm sure it would work well with any similarly shaped forward flap saddle. I ride in Voltaire with an AAA flap (very forward) and it fit perfectly. There is foam in the seat area, but it's not very thick so if you have a horse with a bony back this pad alone will not replace a half pad. However it is nice to have the bit of extra padding for saddles that already fit well. The flap area contains no padding which is nice in that it allows a closer feel. Overall, I think this is the best hunter show pad on the marked. It is extremely expensive, but this is the horse world - anything of quality is extremely expensive. I just got mine so I can't personally attest to the durability, but from what I've seen from people in my barn they hold up well.
    Date published: 2015-04-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seems like a nice pad Seemed like a nice pad, but did not fit my saddle. I have a 17.5" forward flap Antares that has the wide gusset panels. The flap fit well but the seat area wasn't wide enough so had to return. I ordered the large.
    Date published: 2015-02-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely pad The Ecogold pads are all wonderful. I wish they had a black one for schooling though
    Date published: 2014-11-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Show PAD! I used this pad at a three day horse show and my saddle did not move, and the pad still looked great after the three days at the show! I washed it when I got home and it came out looking like new! I am happy I decided to spend the extra money and get a nice show pad. It fits my horse and saddle perfectly.
    Date published: 2014-09-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Pad! I bought this item just in time for my first rated show... worked FANTASTICALLY! I am very pleased with how well it really held my saddle in place and even more pleased because I could tell that it made my OTTB more comfortable. Now that it is almost winter time and on the off side of show season I have been using it just for training and it holds out through even the toughest lessons!
    Date published: 2014-09-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from PICKY HORSE APPROVED My horse is very picky, does not like thinlines or anything fluffy, strictly likes a minimalist approach to all her gear. This pad does not move and looks great. Only complaint is that I cannot clean it easily and it doenst come in other colors for ever day use!
    Date published: 2014-07-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Non-slip pad I used this pad for a three day horse show. It didn't slip at all, kept my horse's back cool and looked great. I cleaned it in the washing machine with cold water and let it air dry. It looks brand new. I won't comment on the durability because I have only owned it for two weeks.
    Date published: 2014-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely show pad Pricey, but this is a very trim, professional looking pad for hunter classes - shows just right amount evenly around saddle flap like it is custom fit. Stayed in place perfectly and provided good cushion for my high withered fellow. My trainer really liked it and others in barn are ordering. Not sure about durability, as fleece seemed to show rub under girth area. Washed well.
    Date published: 2014-05-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful pad, fits my super forward flap I use the Ecogold Triple Protection half pad daily, so I splurged on this pad for show when I purchased a new saddle. The new CWD is a 17.5" 4C forward flap, so I was worried about finding the right pad fit to get the perfect hunter look. The large size pad fit the bill. Only used once so far, but it stayed in place and looked great. Very expensive compared the Wilker's fleece pad I used on the old saddle, so I hope it holds up to many years of showing!
    Date published: 2014-04-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from non slip hunter pad I finally found a non slip saddle pad that is a perfect fit for my cwd 2gs with a forward 3 flap.
    Date published: 2014-03-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from This pad does NOT slip! I was having trouble with saddle & pad slippage on my young & growing horse. I tried many different pads, and everything slipped. So, I splurged on the EcoGold. It did not slip/move one bit. It is a forward flap pad, so it does not fit my regular flap saddle as well as I would like. My saddle is a size 16 Antares, and the EcoGold pad is a small. I definitely would not want the pad to be any bigger. I have not washed it yet, so can't comment on that.
    Date published: 2014-02-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great show pad This pad is fabulous for showing! No more black anti slip pad wrangling- this pad stays perfectly in place and keeps my saddle from slipping. Love that it is no slip on both sides. Worth the money!
    Date published: 2013-09-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO good for saddle fitting and comfort! When I ride in this saddle pad it feels like I'm riding on a cloud. One of the local saddle fitters came out and did one of those pressure imaging things under the saddle of the horse, and with an Ecogold saddle pad the pressure points were alleviated. I wish they had a more regular pad for schooling, but I LOVE this one!!! And it looks so nice!
    Date published: 2013-08-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Skeptical - but impressed After reading all of the reviews here, I chose to purchase this pad. I have to say - my trainer and I were both skeptical, but really impressed with the pad. The only caveat I will give is sizing. I have an Antares 17" saddle (which sort of compares to 16" in other brands), and it baaaarely fit. We were afraid to order the larger size (I ordered a medium) for fear it would be too large. But - the saddle doesn't budge. I have not washed it yet (that's always the test - right?), but I've ridden in it a dozen times, and it's even managed to stay relatively clean. I will likely purchase a second one for my hubby.
    Date published: 2013-08-07
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