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SmartPak (#28835)

SmartPak Gel Half Pad

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Why We Love This

The SmartPak Gel Half Pad is one smart way to your horse extra cushion while also keeping your saddle in place. The gel technology is shock absorbing, so you and your horse can have a more comfortable ride. It also has anti-slip grip to help keep your saddle securely in place. Plus, the perforation allows heat to escape and allows cooling airflow to keep your horse’s back from getting too hot. Feel it for yourself – you and your horse will love the cushiony comfort and relief that this half pad provides. 


For best care, we recommend rinsing with warm, soapy water and storing in a cool, dry place.
Favorite Features
  • Shock absorbing to help keep your horse's back comfortable
  • Anti-slip grip keeps your saddle securely in place
  • Perforation allows for cooling airflow to keep your horse comfortable
Key Specifications
  • Spine Measurement: 21"
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One Size 21"L x 1/4" thick at center
What Customers Say:
Spine Measurement 21"
SmartPak Gel Half Pad is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New half pad for us I bought this half pad to try, so far it has been great. Wonderful fit and we both seems to enjoy it.
Date published: 2020-12-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Helps saddle from sliding but makes horse back hot I have a monoflap saddle and was hoping that this would help prevent my pad from slipping out from under my saddle. I use it in between the pad and my saddle. While it does the job to prevent slipping, it makes my horses back incredibly hot and sore afterwards. It doesn’t do this without it, I have tried. Will be returning after some trial and error, this is not for us.
Date published: 2020-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice cushion So I’m not sure if my horse notices a difference but I like the idea of an extra cushion. It’s thin enough that it doesn’t bulk up under your saddle like a fleece half pad. I have a grey so I do get a bunch of white hairs stuck to it. I just roll it with a lint roller every once & awhile
Date published: 2020-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My granddaughter loves her present and so does her horse!! Thank you for making it so easy to buy!
Date published: 2020-05-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not at all what I was expecting This product is not at all what I was expecting or in need of. I was looking for an actual half pad - this seems to be more of a non-slip type gel pad(if it can even be called that?) It’s thin and extremely sticky, it stuck to itself when I pulled it off the cardboard it came on in its package. I can’t even imagine what it would look like after it was around an actual horse and it inevitably got horse hair on it. If you need something sticky to slide between your saddle pad and saddle, go for it; but if you’re looking for something to provide any kind of support (or whatever reason you’re in need of a HALF PAD) do yourself a favor and look elsewhere. I will be returning this product and investing in something else.
Date published: 2020-04-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not My Cup Of Tea I ordered this thinking it would be good for my 17.2 warmblood gelding with kissing spine. The saddle fitter and vet said he needed extra padding even with the custom fit, just to protect him from getting backsore. At first, it seemed like a dream come true, it kept the saddle in place, and I could feel every movement in his back. Two weeks later, I was currying him and he was very sore. When I compared this pad to the Kavallerie pad (another person at the barn owned it) the Smartpak pad was half the thickness. Also, while riding the local hiking trails, I used it on my small mare who has no back problems. The first 10 minutes were great, then my lower back started to hurt. With every drop down and going over fallen trees, I could feel the impact in my back. She was fine, but at the end of the ride I needed ibuprofen. So I invested in the Kavallerie back pad and gave it a try. My gelding's back and mine are much happier with the extra thickness.
Date published: 2020-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Saddle stays in place! This half-pad is very thin and is great if you are just looking for a little more cushion and give! Saddle stays in place too! Does not provide any 'support,adjustments' to saddle fit. I bought the clear one and it does get dirty after a few uses. Cleaning is easy and can just wet with a hose or rag, but doesn't ever come 100% clean. I would recommend the black one if you are concerned about look! I think this price is a bit steep, but I would recommend this product.
Date published: 2020-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Gel Pad! This saddle pad was bought for my barn almost a year ago, and it has held up amazingly. I have a SUPER slippery TB mare and it kept my saddle in place the whole time. The only thing I would have to say is that the black is more of a green, due to the fact that it’s made of gel. Really great pad though and I plan on buying another.
Date published: 2020-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I love this pad! It is super grippy so my saddle doesn't slide at all. I have a high withered TB and it had not ripped like some of the other pads I have used. Its easy to clean and durable . Just an overall great find.
Date published: 2019-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely love this gel half pad! And it is the best price I could find.
Date published: 2019-10-15
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