We love Sheepskin and Wool because…

Wool's fiber is simply superior to manmade fibers such as polyester.
Wool’s fiber is simply superior to manmade fibers such as polyester.

Sheepskin’s natural properties make it the material of choice for saddle pads. Although wool and sheepskin especially are expensive, the cost is off-set by the long term savings and benefits.

  • Wool is shock absorbent – wool fibers are strong and aligned so they provide padding and excellent shock absorption.
  • Wool is soft – wool products offer a sumptuous softness and tactile appeal.
  • Wool stays clean – wool fibers retain a natural oil that resists dirt and grease.
  • Wool resists odors – wool’s natural oils are resistant to sweat and other odors.
  • Wools retains it’s shape – wool fibers bend and recover their shape naturally, retaining their lush bounce.
  • Wool is hard to burn – wool fibre is flame retardant up to 600º C.
  • Wool is hypoallergenic – wool doesn’t cause allergies.
  • Wool adjusts to the climate – wool is warm in cool conditions and cool in warm conditions.
  • Wool is sustainable – wool and sheepskins are biodegradable.
Wool is absorbant, water resistant, breathable because of it's unique structure.
Wool is absorbant, water resistant, breathable because of it’s unique structure.

Engineered by Nature

Science explains how the physical characteristics of each sheepskin/wool fiber is composed of a central protein with microscopic scales on the fiber’s surface that repel liquid and trap air, resulting in an efficient and breathable surface. The hollow fibers draw moisture away from the skin while still in its gaseous state, thus maintaining an even (and comfortable) body temperature.

Sheepskin has never been successfully duplicated synthetically. If you run your fingers through genuine sheepskin and faux, the difference is obvious. If we look at the anatomy of a wool fiber engineered by nature, it’s easy to see why.

Each complex fiber is hollow and functions to provide a natural breathable cushion to distribute weight, relieve pressure and friction, and wick moisture away from the body 7 times better than synthetic materials – immediately releasing the moisture into the air while never feeling damp. Sheepskin is even more breathable than cotton by 11%.

Cool in the summer, warm in the winter – it’s a year round choice for all climates because it helps to maintain your horse’s body temperature, rather than changing it.

Our  wool shampoo is specially formulated for washing Rittlings saddle pads.
Our wool shampoo is specially formulated for washing Rittlings saddle pads.

Caring for Wool and Sheep skins

Because wool products benefit from the natural characteristics of the wool fiber and of the lanolin oils, we have produced a special shampoo for our saddle pads. This shampoo contains lanolin and natural gentle organic soap, so it can remove dirt effectively while restoring the protective oil, thus caring for your saddle pad at the same time. We have also added a very small part of essential jasmine oil so that your pad smells fresh too, without being overpowering.

You can hand or machine wash your saddle pads. Please make sure to use cold water for both wash and rinse and air dry it slowly in the shade.