About Us

The Equitex Story

Equitex was the brainchild of Johannes Spitaler, a dedicated horseman and equine chiropractic specialist.

Johannes’ mission was simple; to educate the worldwide equine market of the orthopaedic importance of a functional saddle pad and to develop a product to be the best thing you can have between your saddle and the horses’ back.

Using high quality materials, manufactured in South Tyrol, Italy, our drive to search for ongoing improvements in model development and production methods together with our experience, competence, and ultimately our love for horses is the recipe for the success of Equitex.

In 1991, the first Equitex saddle pads were produced in Europe

In 1994, Equitex presented itself for the first time at equestrian trade fairs, Spoga in Cologne and at the Fieracavalli in Verona.

In 1995, a trademark protection was registered as an international trademark for the Equitex brand.

1997 Equitex showcases at the British Equestrian Trade Fair, BETA in Birmingham (UK).

Demand from all over UK and Europe steadily increases as people become aware of the exceptional benefits of the product.

2019 The Saddle Pad Company established as the UK’s sole distributor launching at London Olympia International Horse Show

Today Equitex has now been on the market for over 25 years and has not changed its philosophy or mission to deliver the best possible product between the saddle and your horse for ultimate comfort and performance.

Our Philosophy   Putting Horse Wellbeing First

Equitex is the successful synthesis of advanced technical materials, top quality workmanship and the deep understanding of the physiology of the horse.

Designed for the wellbeing of the horse and developed to protect the horses back from the pressures and impact of ridden work, we believe that every horse that carries a rider deserves an Equitex Saddle Pad.

Fit and Support: The benefit of the Equitex Saddle Pad ensures a well-fitting saddle has a superb fit every time, regardless of fluctuation in the horses’ shape through age, seasonal changes, rest periods or varying levels of work.

The advanced design and unique combination of materials allows the Equitex Saddle Pad to perfectly adapt to the horse without increasing bulk beneath the saddle.

Importantly, because Equitex saddle pads don’t create pressure between the saddle and the muscle, it can support muscle growth as ridden work builds up for increased performance or rehabilitation.

Bespoke Service

Equitex Saddle Pads have been handmade in Northern Italy since 1991.  Today we provide a wide variety of pads in a range of sizes and styles to suit for all equestrian disciplines

Because of the way in which we produce our pads, they can be individually designed to meet your needs.  For example, we can incorporate a correctional pad with your required specifications into a full saddle pad in any of our colour range.  In addition, we can make to any size you require.  We also have options for mobile phone pockets and trekking pockets that can be added to any pad that’s suitable.  Your choices are endless!