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Technical Blog: Pressure Points

Published on 12/04/2018

  • Technical Blog: Pressure Points

Let’s Talk Pressure Points

When Griffin NuuMed was first established 28 years ago it was based on four main principles; to create a saddlepad that fitted saddles properly, was comfortable for the horse, looked good (and kept on looking good for a long time) and was easy to clean & look after. Nothing has changed. One of the key area areas central to all these points is removing as many pressure points as possible!

Extra pressure points and ridges can affect saddle fit and may even damage your saddle over long periods. The undue pressure can cause your horse to move unevenly and be very uncomfortable similar to us walking with a stone in our shoe. All this pressure will then cause excess wear on fabric and stitching meaning your pad will not last as long as it should and as part of this it will not clean well where it is excessively worn.

Here at NuuMed we do a lot of things to make sure we do not create extra pressure points:

HiWither Cut: The HiWither cut is not just great for horses with HiWithers. The shaping allows your saddlepad or numnah to sit comfortable up into the gullet of your saddle removing pressure both in front and behind the saddle as well as allowing air flow.

HiWither Cut front & back

Generous sizing based on saddle size: our sizes are based on saddle size and designed so the binding, stitching and any collars sit well clear of the edge of your saddle meaning it is sat only on the main body of your pad.

Wide Anti-Slip areas: Our Anti-Slip saddlepads & numnahs include our anti-slip mesh under the entire weight bearing area of your saddle. This uses more material however it means there is no change in material thickness, hardness or seams below the majority of the rider’s weight.

Just some of the anti-slip range

Wide Shim Pockets: Using the same principle as above our corrective range includes wide memory foam shim pads under the panels of your saddle and many lines also include extra pressure distribution fabrics for when your saddle fit is, temporarily, less than perfect.

Same quality but different density wool for different purposes: We use three different densities of wool, all of the same quality and from the same source of UK wool, for different purposes across our lines. We will do a further blog going into this in detail however as an example if you have a saddle that fits well but you would like to take advantage of all the benefits of wool (including its temperature & moisture control properties) a very thick pad would make the saddle too tight and restrict your horse’s movement. For this reason we make products such as the NM03 HiWither Lightweight Full Wool Numnah which has minimal impact on saddle fit. Equally a very close contact cross country saddle with very little in the way of panels (and therefore pressure distribution of its own) may greatly benefit, or be designed to be used with, products such as those found in the Luxury Gullet Free Range, with our most dense wool.

Multiple material options to deal with existing pressure: Different horse, rider and saddle combinations will inevitably need different things from their equipment, this is why we offer such a wide range of products. For example, you may require a reasonably thick, soft and supportive pad; for this there is the Pro Range made from 12oz duvet quilt. Or perhaps our incredible 3D Spacer fabric would be more appropriate if you need thinner materials but just as much cushioning

No braiding or piping around the girth area: All our saddlepads with piping or braiding purposefully omit it below the girth straps. This is partly as in this area it can wear excessively due to the constant friction but it also means there is one less ridge under what is potentially a high pressure area.


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