It’s time at last for the second part of my product review! (If you recall, I explained here that I received these products courtesy of Country & Stable in exchange for my review)
You can find the saddle pad and wraps here:
If I had a large supply of extra funds, I would absolutely own way too many sets of matching polos and saddle pads for Crumble (and of course, matching riding outfits for me). The only thing keeping me from adding fly bonnets into that mix is that Crumbs has way too much hair to even make it worthwhile to try and keep those things on his head…hehehe. 🙂
As things stand now, my pony has probably 5 sets of polos, and maybe 6-7 saddle pads for schooling – most in various shades of blue, and a handful of which were hand-me-downs from our time at Deer Haven. And yes…I tend to drool over the “matchy-matchy” outfits of European riders that flood my Instagram feed.
LeMieux is a brand that stood out to me while scrolling through Instagram, and one that I think is gaining more popularity here in the US, especially with Charlotte Dujardin promoting them. When I first heard of them, I had no idea where to find them, and was eager to try them out when I found that Country & Stable had an excellent selection. So, I ordered the pad and polos in Peacock Green (it might show up a little too blue in the photos, but it’s actually a beautiful, deep teal shade).
There are a few things that stand out to me about the saddle pad, that I really like. First, I love the smaller, velcro straps in place of the traditional, large ones on most pads. The cool thing about these is that you can hook them to the dee rings, so if you own a monoflap saddle, they are still useful! No more trying to tuck the straps in or cutting them off all together.
The next thing that caught my attention is that you can easily use a long or short girth with this pad, because there are two ways of securely attaching the pad to either kind of girth. There are two nylon straps at the girth area – one on top of the other. The bottom one is sewn into sections, so you can have your choice of four different positions to put your billets through, and they will securely stay in that spot. The top strap is simply your traditional one, that will work if you happen to use a long girth. It’s a bit hard to explain, but hopefully the photo will help a little.
The pad is made of beautiful suede material on top, and the underside is made of bamboo, designed to wick away moisture and prevent rubs. It comes in two sizes, and as I mentioned in my previous review – be sure to order the large size if you have a large, wide pony like mine!
When it comes to the polos, they are beautifully made as well – and super long. I ordered the horse size because Crumble has such thick legs. I’m actually considering cutting off some excess, which I’m thankful that I can do, because there is enough polo to easily customize the length if needed. I love the velcro straps – they are long, sturdy, and wide. And they come in a cute tote, which is a nice touch.
But my favorite part of all? The color selection! You can blame my artistic tendencies – I love color options when it comes to riding gear. While I’m not one to gravitate towards wild/bright/loud patterns/colors, I tend to love color combos that are either a) super classy with unique touches, or b) some color that isn’t commonly seen but would look awesome against a golden coat. I like traditional to some extent, but I don’t like boring. And it makes my little artist’s heart so happy to when I find a saddle pad I like and there are polos that go with it.
All in all, I think I’m in love with this brand.
Price-wise, the set is a little more than what I normally might pay for a saddle pad and polos. However, that probably has more to do with the fact that I don’t buy them that often (while I love being able to buy presents for my pony, the reality is that I’m rarely able to – #adulting). The quality of the polos and pads is excellent, and I think that the price is more than fair for these items. I love them, and I would definitely want to purchase another set (in a new color!) the next time my budget allows.