Review: Ogilvy Equestrian Jump Profile PadPosted on March 12, 2016
The music starts slowly at first. Cue the brass. Then the it gets faster and more urgent. There it is, so familiar. John Williams’ soundtrack to Jaws. It gets louder, and louder, and louder until GASP. There it is. Oh god, no. Look away. It’s, it’s, it’s, yes. It’s your Thoroughbred’s dorsal fin coming right at that inadequate, flat saddle pad!
Every time you place it onto your horse’s mountainous withers, you think to yourself, “Wow, this is not right”. Even when you assume you’ve bought a pad with plenty of room and a nice contour, it either doesn’t hold it’s shape or doesn’t look quite as great at the barn as it did in the store.
The next thing you know you’re stopping mid ride to pull the thing back up into the gullet of your saddle. You have to stop using it, but it has SUCH a cute print.
Quality is better than quantity, right? I thought $63.00 was a little steep for a plain white saddle pad, but the Ogilvy Jump Profile Pad proved to be more than just that. The spine at the withers is literally a V shape, accommodating the peaks and valleys that are typical of the angular Thoroughbred types. The spine is also stiff enough that it doesn’t collapse with use. That sucker stays put the whole ride, not daring to touch your horse’s withers. Even after washing, it maintains it’s shape.
Ogilvy brands the pad as providing maximum breathability, wicking, shock absorption, and anti-slip action. It’s also stain resistant (yes!), anti-microbial, and anti-fungal. Apparently it’s also recyclable. I’m going to ask my neighborhood recycling man how that works.
I will be buying more of these pads, however my only complaint is that it doesn’t come in any other colors. Of course you can go to Ogilvy’s website and customize with your own colors, and this will put you into another price bracket.
To compromise, I’ve added my own flair: This awesome monogram was done by Paperchases and Petticoats’ own Lindsay’s Mom to match my Swanky Saddle helmet monogram. Perfect!