The VIP Equestrian pad is a proprietary viscoelastic
polymer (not gel), that molds to the horse’s back to eliminate pressure
on the spine. This equestrian pad is soft, flexible and seamless with
no pressure causing trims.
The Very Important Pad (VIP) is a saddle pad made
with a proprietary viscoelastic polymer. This material has been used for
over 50 years in human medical settings in the prevention and treatment
of pressure sores and ulcers in human patients. The impact protection
of this proprietary polymer behaves like fat and skin and doesn’t leak
or bottom out under pressure, providing better cushioning to the horse’s
back while dispersing heat to regulate temperature.
The VIP Equestrian pad fits English saddles and is available in Original (fits saddles with seat sizes 17 – 18.5 inches.
- Superior textured structure gives high tensile strength, the key to maintaining shape under extreme and prolonged compression
- Soft, flexible and seamless with no pressure. Molds to your horses back like a low profile second skin
- A thin film gullet eliminates pressure on the horse’s spine
- Only 8mm thick so does not alter your saddle fit
- Bobbles increase surface area, alleviating pressure points and evenly distributing weight
- Doesn’t stick, cause friction or pluck hair when removed.
- Designed over 50 years ago to prevent and treat pressure sores and ulcers in humans.
- Medical grade product rigorously tested worldwide in peer reviewed research.Known as the universal gold standard in impact protection.
- Does not leak or bottom out under pressure, providing better cushioning to the horse’s back like a low profile second skin.
- Draws and disperses heat from the horse’s back, regulating temperature.Hypoallergenic, easy to clean, and does not support bacterial growth.Used in other applications,including the military, in gun recoil pads, in spaceship harnesses, by stunt actors, in football helmets, motorcycle seats, and several other sporting uses.
Easy, just run it under the tap. As it is not sticky you wont need to do this very often as nothing sticks to it. It is not porous and doesn’t absorb water. Don’t use anything abrasive or any kind of chemical soap on the pad. Just hang it over a smooth railing or saddle rack to dry or wipe the water off with a cloth.
HOW DO I STORE THE VIP Equestrian Saddle Pad?
the VIP away from direct sunlight and heat sources such as radiators,
and preferably flat, folded length-ways in half, or draped over your
saddle. Keep away from sharp objects.
WHY DON’T YOU PUT A FUR TRIM ON THE VIP?
trims may look pretty but serve no function. Furthermore, the panels of
a saddle never fully sit within the edges of the trim, the outer edge
of the saddle panels usually sit partially on the fur. This causes an
unnecessary pressure point.
WILL THE VIP MAKE MY HORSE SWEATY?
The VIP will
not make your horse any sweatier under the saddle than he is from the
work he is doing. If he is sweaty on his neck, between his back legs,
behind his ears, around his girth etc., he will be equally sweaty under
his saddle with or without the VIP.
The VIP also draws the heat away from the horses back into the polymer.
IS THE VIP STICKY, WHY DOESN’T IT HAVE AIR HOLES?
We hate sticky pads. They cause so many problems. They cause friction,
they stick to the horse and pluck hair when removed. The horse moves in a
dynamic way and a saddle needs to move a bit with the horse. The
muscles need to ‘roll’ under the panels.
‘Air holes’ fill with hair and sweat also adding to this plucking
effect. Also, claims manufacturers make that the air holes allow the
horses backs to breath don’t make sense. How can a back breathe when you
have a gel, a saddle cloth, a saddle and a rider on top?
DO YOU OFFER TRIAL PADS?
No we don’t but we do offer a 14 day money back guarantee.
CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT PERCENTAGE THE VIP REDUCES IMPACT BY?
we can’t quantify this for you. We have only been trading since the
beginning of April 2018 and decent research is very very expensive. We
have just started to invest in equine research and this will take a
while before we have results. We have had amazing feedback, and
combined with the 40 years of published human research and the numerous
studies that have been done in multiple other sporting applications, we
are very confident (and excited!) to get these results
WHAT SIZE SADDLE WILL IT FIT?
VIP perfectly fits dressage, jumping, event, side saddle and polo
saddles with a multitude of panel shapes and sizes, and seat sizes 17 –
18.5 inch. On any saddle smaller than 17 inches the pad will be large
and have a bit of overhang but this won’t affect the way it works. If
you are wanting a pad for a western saddle, for vaulting we can get you
one of these too, but there will be a delay as these are special order.
WHICH WAY IS UP AND WHERE DO I PUT THE VIP ON MY HORSE?
the VIP always bobble side to the horse, so bobble side down against
horse’s back/saddle cloth and smooth side against saddle panels. It is
totally hypoallergenic and bacteriostatic so you can either use it
directly on your horses back or between the saddle cloth and saddle.
Horses have preferences so try both ways to find out what is best for
WILL THE VIP STOP MY SADDLE SLIPPING?
feedback frequently says that The VIP stops their saddle moving, but we
don’t make this claim as the pad was not designed for this purpose.
MY SADDLE FITS, MY SADDLER TOLD ME NOT TO USE ANY PADS
only 8mm thick, The VIP will not alter saddle fit. The age old analogy
says if my shoes fit then why would I make them tight by adding a thick
pair of socks. What about if you have amazing fitting shoes and you add a
very thin insole that makes them oh so comfortable? This is what the
VIP does, it adds a superior lay of cushioning that will give you and
your horse the extra edge performance wise. In medical settings the pad
is used as a skin/fat substitute in radiotherapy to protect the
patient’s skin. Our uniquely sourced polymer behaves just like fat and
skin, so in effect what you are doing is adding a thin layer of fat to
your horse’s back to offer better cushioning.
Many of our stockists are saddlers and physios. When we started the
business we had thought we would be selling to tack shops and direct to
the customer, but we were being repeatedly approached by professionals,
and this is how we have grown organically.
We have encountered saddlers who have said they don’t like VIP, many
of who haven’t seen it! Saddlers love convention and often new things
are met with suspicion, especially when new to the market and which
haven’t yet been tested on horses. We also have riders who use the pad
against their saddlers wishes because they have seen such a remarkable
difference is their horses comfort, way of going and willingness.
The horse doesn’t lie! We have also heard from physios who have been
to treat a horse who has been really sore in the past and they have gone
back and the horse is massively improved. The riders have then
mentioned the VIP and the physios have then approached us to be
stockists . This happens a lot!
WHY DOES THE VIP HAVE BOBBLES?
We originally got
the idea from bubble wrap but fast realized it enabled us to use the
maximum amount of raw material without making The VIP bulky and heavy.
The bobbles have a small amount of movement, which allows the muscles
and fascia to move under the pad. The flat side goes against your panel
for maximum contact.
So effectively the top and bottom move separately. This also helps
stabilize the saddle. Many riders have reported this has helped their