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VIP Saddle Pad – the Very Important Pad

(20 customer reviews)


I know we shouldn’t have favourites, but we have loved this product ever since we were introduced to it by our Equine Body Worker and tried it on all the horses in our eventing yard with great results!

The gel used in the pad is unique, cannot bottom out, cannot stick to horses hair or skin and provides fantastic shock absorption. It was originally designed for wheelchair users to prevent pressure sores, and is now redesigned to help horses and rider comfort.

We are so confident that you and your horses will love it that we offer a 100% money back guarantee on all purchases, and we also have demo VIPs available if there are multiple yard users who wish to try for themselves, please email us on for further details.

Ideal for all disciplines, can be used in dressage, showjumping and cross country – improving performance as well as ensuring your horse has maximum comfort throughout the back.

Key points

  • The VIP is a superior impact and pressure relieving pad for horses
  • Made from Akton® visco elastic polymer gel
  • This raw material has had 45 years of human grade research
  • Relieves impact, pressure, sheer forces and friction
  • Seamless and slim line design does not alter saddle fit
  • Akton® is flexible yet has a high tensile strength to maintain its shape
  • Does not leak, flow, absorb sweat, bottom out or spread under pressure
  • Hypoallergenic and easy to clean

Usually in stock in all colours.

Neutral/Gold – a translucent colour that adapts to the colours around it



Covered by The Comfy Horse 100% money back guarantee so you can try with confidence and return within 30 days.

** Please note that due to massive demand on this product stocks of neutral and black are limited so there may be a delay in shipping, currently expecting stock 1st March 2020**







The Very Important Pad –The VIP Saddle Pad

The VIP is a revolutionary addition to the equestrian market. A raw material– Akton viscoelastic polymer gel, originally engineered 40 years ago for the treatment and prevention of ulcers and pressure sores in human clinical settings has been turned it into a product your horse will thank you for. Akton is a worldwide market leader in specialist pressure relieving surgical supplies and as such Akton gel has undergone 4 decades of rigorous scientific testing. Independent research has proved its unique qualities. Your horse deserves the very best.

Moulding to your horses back like a low profile second skin, the VIP is very soft and flexible to the touch, yet the durable honeycomb structure of Akton gel guarantees huge tensile strength allowing the pad to always maintain its shape under extreme and prolonged compression. So unlike foam and softer gel pads, the VIP can deflect an applied load without bottoming out. Our bobble design, to be placed on the horses back bobble side down, and thin film gullet, spreads direct forces over a wider surface area, alleviating pressure points and evenly distributing weight. The thinness (8mm) of the pad does not compromise the optimum close contact feel.    No “air holes” which can fill with sweat and hair, so reduced friction and sheer forces. Akton gel is hypoallergenic, easily cleanable and does not support bacterial growth.

The VIP can be used either directly on your horses back, or underneath the saddle on top of the saddle pad or numnah.


Quotes and testimonials:

Sam Griffiths, Australian International Event Rider: “With its excellent ‘second skin’ like feel and use of proven materials, the VIP pad has become a super additional piece of kit to use on a wide range of my horses for all the disciplines of three day eventing. I hardly notice when the horse is wearing it. The all important close contact connection I have between my saddle and the horse is not compromised in any way. The VIP is an exciting and innovative product with its success being a reflection of the extensive research and attention to detail that has gone into creating it. “

Roland Tong, Irish International Dressage Rider: ” I ride in beautiful saddles that are fitted correctly.  I was impressed that finally there was a saddle pad with research to prove the issues of impact and pressure.  I want a saddle pad that will help to protect my horse’s back but does not alter saddle fit. The VIP does this and more”


Additional information

Weight 1.3 kg

Neutral, Black, Blue

20 reviews for VIP Saddle Pad – the Very Important Pad

  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

  2. Linda Bell (verified owner)

    Well….. 4 of us bought these from our yard, mixed ages, abilities and horse use. All of us LOVE these pads! They stop saddle slipping or moving forward when jumping! They have been tested in spooks and stay solid! No loss of stirrups or unseating! We had 30 day money back guarantee but will definately be keeping them! Wish we’d bought Them years ago!! Thank you so much! X😷👍

  3. Quita (verified owner)

  4. Jan Woolgar (verified owner)

    Very helpful and fast replies to emails

  5. Anthea W. (verified owner)

    Arrived as promised, works superbly

  6. Amanda G. (verified owner)

    Very happy with this and so are my horses. A great alternative to sheepskin.

  7. Toni (verified owner)

    Fantastic pad and very fast delivery

  8. Andrea O Brien (verified owner)

    Very happy with the service and very happy with the back pad 🙂

  9. Abigail M. (verified owner)

    Very pleased with this pad, it really is like a second skin. I could feel the difference in comfort as the rider. Not at all sticky.

  10. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Lovely people to deal with. Love the product.

  11. kym jones (verified owner)

  12. Anonymous (verified owner)

    believe both rider and horse more comfortable

  13. Penny (verified owner)

    My horse loves it and seems to be striding our more.

  14. Katherine L. (verified owner)

  15. susanna (verified owner)

    Super in every way

  16. Vanessa Newman (verified owner)

    Very nice pad which makes a real difference for my horse, removing the pressure from his withers, trapezius and muscles along his spine.

    The packaging instructions do not make it obvious exactly how to position it, so I had to research a bit! It is applied bobbly side down and can be laid directly on the horses back under the numnah / saddle pad. However my thoroughbred has a particularly silky coat, so it tends to slip to the rear or sideways when against his back. So now I’ve moved it to sit between my numnah and saddle, and it stays in place while offering the same protection and comfort. Highly recommended, as well as the excellent service offered by the Comfy Horse Co.

  17. Deanna (verified owner)

    Lovely product, feel it has already made a difference to my horse! Super speedy delivery from Comfy Horse Co too. Would definitely recommend.

  18. Katie (verified owner)

    Great speedy service, product arrived in a nice little bag too. Wouldn’t say the pad has made any major difference in either of my horses’ way of going, but I feel alot happier knowing they’ve got a very good shock absorbing layer on their backs, so any little hiccups, their backs are well protected.

  19. tracy edwards (verified owner)

    I love this pad, in fact thinking of purchasing a second ..

  20. BARRY (verified owner)

    I am really pleased with the vip saddle pad. My horse seemed really happy when I rode him . Ive used it twice now and all good

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