Care for your Pads
Use and Cleaning of Your Limpet Saddle Pad
Limpet Saddle Pad bonds your saddle to your horse so well, you will think there is glue in it! The secret is in these simple instructions.
How to Bond Your Saddle to Your Horse
It is best to store your Limpet in a warm environment.
Lay your Limpet onto your horse with the logo side up.
Place the saddle on top and gently pull your Limpet up into the gullet.
A medium walk for 15 to 20 minutes (10 to 15 in the summer) allows muscles to warm and allows your Limpet to bond your saddle to your horse. The Limpet must form its initial bond before you go into trot because there is too much shoulder movement in trot to bond. Once the Limpet has formed a bond there will be significantly less saddle slippage no matter what gait you choose.
If it is necessary to speed up the bonding process it is suggested that you dampen the underside of your Limpet with warm water, this will create an almost instant bond.
In cooler temperatures ie winter, placing a rug over your saddle and your Limpet while continuing to tack up will help the body heat to warm through the Limpet and thus start the bonding.
Please be aware that in Winter some native breeds are almost too hairy which can make it difficult to create the bond through the air that is trapped within a long coat.
WARNING: IF YOU DO NOT ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME FOR LIMPET TO BOND, IT MAY DROP OUT OF THE GULLET, ONTO THE HORSE’S WITHER, WHICH COULD CAUSE THE LIMPET TO TEAR.
Limpet works best when used alone with the horse and saddle. If you have to use a show pad, a numnah or want a pretty blanket over your Limpet, the thinner the better.
Removing Your Limpet Pad Once it has Bonded
To break Limpet’s bond, simply run your hand between the horse’s body and the underside of your Limpet pad to break the suction and then lift off the saddle.
Without your horse’s body heat, the Limpet will quickly cool.
To store the pad place it on top of your saddle to let it dry.
Leaving the pad under the saddle causes the pad to squash into unintended shapes and prevents it from drying properly.
Cleaning Your Limpet Pad
To clean your Limpet after little use, you can wipe it with damp cloth.
To wash your Limpet, place it in a pillow case or wash bag, this helps to prevent possible distortion or tearing of the 10mm pads.
Wash in your washing machine on a gentle (wool), cool (40 degree) cycle, using a small quantity of non-bio powder, soda crystals or horse shampoo.
Spin slowly an additional 2 or 3 times.
The pad will come out damp but will shortly dry enough to use, so long as it is warm.
DO NOT use detergent or any foaming liquids – if you do expect bubbles to come out of the machine.
DO NOT put your Limpet into a tumble dryer – if you do expect the pad to have changed shape.
DO NOT hose off – if you do hose expect it to take extra time to dry.