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Which season should I stop using wool saddlepads and numnahs?

Published on 02/12/2015

  • Which season should I stop using wool saddlepads and numnahs?

There are plenty of saddlepads and numnahs on the market designed with fashion trends in mind. Here at Griffin NuuMed we believe ‘Form Follows Function’. The design of our numnahs and saddlepads will always be made with the horse’s needs as a priority.  Horses feel the difference.


Saddlepads and numnahs are necessary for performance and comfort. Our pads use British wool with a cotton yarn backing rather than skin. This is more durable and wears better than the wool left on a sheepskin. Wool knitted onto a cotton backing is renewable – NuuMed wool is shorn live for many years rather than being a by-product of the meat trade.

Combined with our HiWither design, our full and half wool numnahs and saddlepads are designed for the horse’s comfort. Wool is naturally elastic so it moves and remoulds as it moves and the HiWither design eliminates crucial pressure points. We do always recommend consulting your saddler to check the fit of your saddle, especially when using our luxury wool gullet free numnahs, as the wool is very dense.

Unllike synthetic materials, the complex cellular structure of wool contains hundreds of tiny waves, called crimps, creating millions of air pockets that give the fabric its insulating properties and ability to breathe. Wool can absorb up to 30% of its own weight in perspiration and therefore wicks sweat away from the horse’s back, leaving the skin cooler than other materials.

When it comes to thermal-regulation and all round protection performance in the hottest and coldest climates, wool is still unmatched.

So when should you stop using wool for your horse? Never.


To keep your numnahs and saddlepads in top condition, follow our care instructions and wash with NuuWash. Wool needs to be brushed out after use, which is why we provide a free wool comb with all of wool numnahs and saddlepads purchased from us. 


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