The Revolutionary Anti-Slip Limpet Saddle Pad was
developed in 1992 by horsewoman, Aline Holmes,
and thoroughly tested in racing, showing and long-distance events by
horsemen and women.
"I wasnít really a product developer,"
Aline, "I breed horses." Alineís yard in the
horse country Devonshire in South Western
England, has produced top-level showing stock
for over twenty years.
The first trials with the
Limpet pad were at her own yard, where she found
that within twenty minutes of riding a horse
with the Limpet pad, both the horse and rider
noticed the big difference.
"Once the pad formed
the bond, it not only eliminated slipping but
also the heat friction caused by other pads, so
the horseís back softened, the shoulders opened
and we got six more inches of stride."
The first horse to use the pad in competition
was Alineís own Anglo-Arabian show hack, Racing
Colours, who had won the Horse of the Year show
the previous year without the benefit of the
pad. The Limpet pad only seemed to increase
Racing Colours performance and the following
year, she repeated as winner of the Horse of the
After her own successful trials, Aline decided
to try the Limpet Pad out on other disciplines,
like racing, where trainers told Aline that in a
close race, the six extra inches per stride
could mean the difference between winning and
Soon the Limpet Pad was being used by
several of the United Kingdomís leading trainers
like Lester Piggott, the most successful jockey
in the history of England, who is now a trainer
and Sir Mark Prescott, this yearís leading
trainer of English flat racing.
After Limpetís considerable success in England,
Aline has come to the United States and introduced
her pad to American riders.
"We donít have too
many Western riders in England," she explains,
but one Western rider who does recommends the
Limpet Saddle Pad is legend, John Lyons.
"Members of the U.S. Olympic eventing team are
also using Limpet pads," explains Aline.
Aline has seen very few differences between the
UK and the U.S. market, but adds, "I donít think Iíll call horses, gee
gees anymore. In England, they would know
exactly what you mean but here they sort of look
at you with blank stares. But other than that, I
think that horses are pretty much the same the
world over, and Limpet pad can benefit them