5 Star uses only 100% pure virgin wool in the manufacturing of 5 Star Saddle Pads. They are made with the highest quality F11 Rated Pure Wool Felt available and is made with heat and pressure (never needled) with a Compression rating of 6.0 to 7.0 PSI and a Tensile strength of 200 PSI. The qualities of wool allow it to remove heat by wicking away sweat thus cooling your horse. 5 Star felt protects against pressure points on your horse's back! 5 Star pads will maintain this strength and quality for 2,000+ hours of riding time with proper care!
The compression ratio of 5 Star 100% Pure Virgin Wool Felt is 6.0 to 7.0 PSI. This means that it protects against pressure points at a rate of 6 to 7 pounds per square inch.
Tensile strength is the ability of the wool felt to stand up to tearing apart or separating. 5 Star's Industrial grade F11 100% pure virgin wool felt can withstand 200 pounds per square inch before it begins to break apart or separate.
5 Star's supreme quality, industrial grade, 100% all-natural, pure virgin wool felt is manufactured with heat, steam and compression. This process insures that 5 Star pads are built to last with proper care. 5 Star's compression ratio of 6.0 PSI and a Tensile Strength of 200 PSI allows it to maintain the highest standards for 2,000+ hours of riding time. We have 5 Star customers that with proper care still use the same pad that they purchased 12 to 15 years ago!
Our felt has been tested by a 3rd party and has been given the industry standard rating of F11. International Felting Standards shows that the F11 felt has a compression rating of 6 psi and 200 psi tensile strength as opposed to compression rating of 2 psi and 75 psi tensile strength for the F15. Additionally, based on research from Felt Manufacturers Council of America, the higher the virgin wool content of the felt, the better the wicking ability is.
The properties of 100% Pure Virgin Wool Felt allow it to wick 20X our weight in moisture which in turn removes heat. Wool breathes and doesn't trap heat like synthetics. 5 Star uses no synthetic and no gimmicks in the manufacturing of our All-Natural Wool Saddle Pads!
5 Star Pads and Cinchas are handmade in the beautiful countryside of Hatfield, Arkansas.
Yes, we do carry a selection of English Styles made with the same great benefits of our F11 Grade 100% Pure Virgin Wool Felt. View our many different English Pads.
5 Star recommends that your saddle pad stick out 1"- 2" in both the front AND the back of your saddle skirts. If you have more than 2" of pad sticking out, the felt can begin to curl up overtime causing it to become abrasive.
Thickness will depend on length of time in the saddle, weight of rider, and the length of time spent riding. However, a general guideline to determine your pad thickness is listed below:
Other factors to consider when determining your thickness:
Choose a skirt shape that complements your saddle skirts.
The mule contour uses a gentler curve along the spine, and has a wider profile over the shoulders to allow for the mule's unique wither and body shape.
The low wither/mule contour is ideal for the flat backed, wide shouldered horse that has little to no wither. It also works great for the unique body shape of mules.
However, please be sure that you truly do have a low withered horse, or you may be frustrated with your pad not conforming well into the dip of your horse's back. If you are not certain, email us a photo of your horse's top line and we will assist you in making the decision.
Most of the time, the normal horse contour will work, even for horses with fairly high withers. However, for animals with high withers that really do need extra clearance, 5 Star recommends the no-gullet hole option, as this allows the contour to continue up and over the wither thus allowing for a higher clearance over the withers creating no pressure in the wither area. We also offer the flex fit cutout option for extremely high withers. The wither area is cutback creating no pressure over the withers and allowing the pad to curve down into the unique back line of an extremely high withered horse. This option is great for horses with muscle atrophy as well. Please email us a photo of your horse's top line if you think that this might be the best option for you.
It is time to clean your pad to remove dirt and salt from sweat. Watch these short video clips to learn when and how to properly wash your 5 Star 100% All-Natural Pure Virgin Wool Pad:
If your pad extends past the front or back of your saddle more than 2", it can begin to curl up over time and become abrasive. 5 Star only recommends 1" to 2" of pad sticking out around your saddle in both length and width.
Most often we find that when your 5 Star Saddle Pad slides, it is due to poor saddle fit or from using a horse contoured pad on a flat or low withered back. If your pad is too thick, it can sometimes cause sliding as well. For a personal consultation, call us at 870-389-6328.
If your horse has a sway back, you should choose a pad of at least 1" thick. For a personal consolation, please call us at 870-389-6328.
5 Star's industrial grade 100% all-natural pure virgin wool has a compression ratio of 6.0 PSI and a Tensile Strength of 200 PSI which allows the weight to be dispersed away from pressure points on your horse's back. The qualities of wool allow it to wick moisture, up to 20X our weight, and remove heat away from your horse. 5 Star pads are contoured and do not slip. They will continue to conform to the shape of your horses back with repeated use. 5 Star Equine's 100% All Natural Pure Virgin Wool Pads offer the BEST PROTECTION for your horse's back! Although 5 Star provides the best protection for your horse's back, it will not completely resolve a saddle fit issue.
5 Star pads range in thickness from ½" to 1 1/8" thick! The thicker pads have "more of the good stuff" between your saddle and your horse's back! If you are unsure what thickness to get, call us at 870-389-6328.
You can get an open spine on any pad 5 Star makes. The idea is that the spine is self-contouring, as the pad will conform precisely to the shape of your horse's back. Currently, 5 Star only recommends this in two cases:
5 Star does NOT recommend using the Self-Contouring Pad in saddles with a tree.
We have designed a self-contouring treeless pad to be used with treeless saddles. It can only be purchased in 7/8" or 1" thick wool. It is designed to transfer weight from direct impact on top of the spine down to the sides.
Yes, we do take custom orders. Each pad is hand made with many different options available for you to customize your one of a kind 100% Pure Virgin Wool Saddle Pad.
You can customize your pad online, or call us to order your pad today at 870-389-6328.
Yes, we do custom embroidery and can digitize your artwork for an additional digitization fee. If you don't see a standard design that you want online, call us at 870-389-6328, we may have the design in our library. If we don't have it, we can create it!
5 Star's 100% pure virgin wool felt can be custom cut to your exact specifications! Measure your saddle length and width, or trace an outline of your saddle onto a sheet on your horses back and send us the template. We will be happy to work with you on your custom pad!
We have 5 standard wear leather options available at no additional charge. Brown, Dark Brown, Black, Aged Bark and Latigo.
If you do not specify a choice, your pad will be as follows:
5 Star uses 5 to 6 ounce oil tanned cow hide purchased in the U.S.A
5 Star only uses real hide from real cows thus creating a natural variance in colors and patterns from one hide to the next.
5 Star's 100% pure virgin wool felt comes in natural or cinnamon brown, dark chocolate or black dyed with all-natural vegetable based horse and environmentally safe dye. There is the potential (although we have not had any complaints) of the bright dyes bleeding onto your horses' back initially. If this arises, it should subside after a few uses. This would be more noticeable on a light colored horse and is perfectly safe as the dye is an all-natural vegetable based dye that is safe for both you and your horse. We do have pad liners available that can be placed between the pad and your horse if this is a concern.
Natural felt and cord has been processed much less than dyed ones. Therefore, when you purchase a dyed product, you are paying for the materials and labor that went into creating it. The brightly colored dyes are more expensive therefore the price of the pads will also reflect this cost.
5 Star does not recommend double padding, however if you need to protect your investment (especially during springtime shedding), we offer a pad liner in the lower grade F15 felt to keep costs down. This liners are inexpensive and easily replaceable. They come in either a 30" X 30" or 32" X 32".
The 5 Star Pad Liners and Cinch Savers are made with an F15 felt to keep costs down as they are simply used to protect your investment especially during spring time shedding. Rest assured that the F11 grade 5 Star pad that you use will bond to the liner and continue to wick up through the liner both absorbing moisture and cooling your horse. The bond creating between the pad and liner will prevent slipping.
Watch this short video to learn how to properly brush your 5 Star 100% Virgin Wool Pad:
Every 5 Star 100% Pure Virgin Wool Saddle Pad comes with a rubber sponge to keep your pad clean. We recommend that you brush your pad in a circular motion after every ride to remove dirt, hair and debris. Your pad can be cleaned both damp and dry after a ride. We do have replacement sponges available to order if you need a new one. Watch this short video to learn how to properly brush your 5 Star 100% Virgin Wool Pad:
Every 5 Star 100% Pure Virgin Wool Saddle Pad comes with a rubber sponge to keep your pad clean. We recommend that you brush your pad in a circular motion after every ride to remove dirt, hair and debris. Your pad can be cleaned both damp and dry after a ride.
Every 5 Star 100% Pure Virgin Wool Saddle Pad comes with a rubber sponge to keep your pad clean. We recommend that you brush your pad in a circular motion after every ride to remove dirt, hair and debris. Your pad can be cleaned both damp and dry after a ride. When your pad starts to get hard areas of dirt and dried salt, it is time to wash your pad. We recommend hanging your 5 Star Pad by the gullet hole and washing it with either Woolite ® or a horse safe shampoo and a water hose. Wash from the top down, make sure you remove all traces of soap, and let your pad dry completely before use. Never lay your 5 Star pad on its back to dry as the lacing can come undone.
Watch these short video clips to learn when and how to properly wash your 5 Star 100% All-Natural Pure Virgin Wool Pad:
If your pad has lost its compression, and you don't feel like has the same protection that it did when your pad was newer, it's time to replace your pad.
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You can order directly from 5 Star Equine Products online or via telephone by calling us at 870-389-6328.
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If you haven't placed it on your horse's back, you can return your 5 Star Pad to us for an exchange or a full refund. If you are unsure about the size, style or fit of your pad, place a sheet on your horse's back before trying on the 5 Star Pad. Custom orders are final and cannot be returned. Custom pads consist of any pad that has wear leather changes (color, length, style), embroidery, crystals, spots, fringe, cutouts, special wither options, special cut pad styles, etc. If it is not a standard pad with the basic wear leathers that come standard on the pad with a standard gullet hole, it is considered custom.
Cinchas are available in natural, solid color, pinstripe (alternating strands of 2 different colors), or candy stripe (created using 1 cord of twisted colors). You can also add half diamonds, whole diamonds or diamonds with trim for a custom look. We also offer the traditional Vaquero style cinchas with diamonds, bars, bells, and a shufly tassel! For custom orders, call us at 870-389-6328!
5 Star Cinchas are made using flat buckle hardware to prevent pinching. They are available in solid stainless steel or brass and will never rust.
Mohair refers to a silk-like fabric or cord made from the hair of the Angora goat. Mohair is a wool-like fiber that has a lot of the same great all-natural properties as 100% Virgin Wool. 5 Star uses only the finest 8 ply mohair available, twisted with minimal tie breaks and consistent tensile strength allowing for a comfortable fit with less cinch soring, no sweat galling, and no strength deficit. 5 Star 100% All-Natural Mohair is spun using no synthetics and is dyed with all-natural vegetable based dyes that are safe for your horse. Please note, it is possible for the colors from the dye to leach onto your horse, but it is perfectly safe. The natural mohair is not dyed and is the color that comes from the Angora goat. For more information on Mohair, please read the article Why Mohair? Article.
This unique combination front and back cincha does not put any pressure on the back of the rib cage and stomach barrel. When a standard back cinch is tightened enough to hold the back of the saddle in place, it constricts the horse's ability to expand its rib cage when breathing deeply. The Y cincha brings all the pressure forward to where the front cinch already is. Thus, the back of the saddle is stabilized with no pressure on the rib cage or stomach barrel. This can be the key to finding that extra edge for riding performance!
5 Star Equine's 100% Mohair Cinchas will last many years with proper care. The 100% Stainless Steel or Solid Brass Hardware will not rust. When your cinch becomes dirty or begins to rub your horse, it is time to clean your cinch. You can soak it in a Woolite ® Solution or use a horse safe shampoo. After soaking, rinse your cinch thoroughly and hang to dry, repeat if necessary.
Yes, we do make breast collars. They are made with the same great cord and buckles as our cinchas and are available in matching designs and colors! The standard breast collar size is 36", but we can custom make one to your specifications. Call us at 870-389-6328 to order yours today.
Our Cinch Saver comes in either the roper or cutter style, and it is made of F15 grade felt. Always remember to keep your Cinch Saver clean to avoid the felt becoming abrasive.
We would be happy to assist you with any and all questions! Please call us at 870-389-6328 or email us and what of our representatives will get back to you as soon as possible.
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I love the 5 star pad because my horse is much more comfortable and he doesn't sweat as bad under the pad. It makes my saddle stay in position with no slipping and also I don't have to tighten my cinch as tight because it keeps the pressure more even.
I searched for years to find a pad that would fit my mare. She has no withers. After getting my 5 star pad my mare stopped getting sore in her shoulders. I would recommend 5 star pads for any discipline of horse riding.
I am very happy with your saddle pads. I now own three 5 star saddle. Your saddle pads have really made the horse industry a better place, now I can depend on your products to keep my horses from getting sore with all the strenuous activity they go through each summer and winter.
I do not have a 5 star pad. I've looked at them every year at congress but never have been able to get one. My mare is picky, so I want to get what's best for her & to make her feel comfortable while running. I have heard so many great things about the 5 star pad & would love to have one!
I bought my first 5 Star pad over 15 years ago. I have had several over the years. When I started looking to replace it and become a dealer I inquired to everyone I could about what was the finest saddle pad made. I always heard about this little outfit in Arkansas called 5 Star.