Acavallo - Materials

Acavallo Therapeutic Gel

Extremely lightweight, the Acavallo soft gel pad can be used directly on the horse’s back. Acavallo gel has a remarkable ability to absorb shocks, is suitable for any type of saddle and fits perfectly to the horse’s back. The unique feature of Acavallo gel is that it is sticky, which is the reason why all riders love it. After washing, it gets sticky again, provided that the instructions below are followed. It has the ability to allow the skin to breathe while maintaining contact with the saddle, thanks to an excellent shock-absorbing non-slip layer. A thoroughly elastic stretch product, it can be cut to the desired shape (riders often cut it off half an inch shorter so that it is not visible under the saddle). It prevents any unwanted movement of the saddle, backwards, forwards and sidewards. A real asset if the saddles rotate on the ‘rounder’ horses & ponies.
Skidproof, antibacterial, non-toxic, hypo allergenic, non-absorbent of fluids, smell and bacteria. Machine-washable at 30 degrees or by simply running under water using mild soap. Do not use harsh detergents. Do not tumble dry. Do not expose to direct heat or strong sunlight, allow to dry naturally.


Man has been using sheepskin since ancient times because of its comfort and protective qualities. Most of the fleeces offer 3000 fibers per square inch, and each fiber is like a tiny shock absorber that makes sheepskin probably the best emollient padding in nature. The pile of those special tanned sheepskins is 30 mm. The Acavallo wool is selected in order to have a  very high density. Sheepskin will not give off an electrical charge. Synthetic seat covers are a 100% insulator of electrical energy. All natural sheepskin is a partial insulator providing you an undisturbed release of static electricity created by the natural friction of your body and the environment. Sheepskin is able to absorb sweat immediately, seven times faster than synthetics. Machine-washable (30 degrees) or by hand simply using water. Remove any dried mud or sweat with a brush before washing. Rub human hair conditioner into the lambskin before washing. Do not tumble dry. Do not expose to direct heat.

Memory Foam

Memory Foam (an open-cell variety of flexible polyurethane foam) was first commercialized during the mid-60’s as a result of NASA’s AMES Research Center to improve the safety of aircraft cushions. This material is characterized by slow recovery after compression. Its ability to closely contour to shapes allows surface pressure to be distributed over a wide area. Other characteristics include its ability to dampen vibration as well as absorb shocks.
This product also reacts to body temperature, softening and adjusts more easily to body contours. The pad can be machine washed (30 degrees) or by hand in a bucket of water with little detergent. Remove hairs from the pad with a brash before to wash it, Do not tumble dry. Do not expose to direct heat or strong sunlight, allow to dry naturally


Micropile is a little bit thinner than memory foam, it has an outstanding abrasion resistance, a nice comfortable next-to-skin feel and an excellent wicking properties. The micropile fibres are dense and high resistant, light and easy to wash

Acavallo® Piuma

“Piuma” is Italian and means “feather” (very light and soft). This innovative material is made of a new featherlight thermoplastic, offering horse and rider a really unique set of benefits, i.e. a low-profile but highly effective padding and protection of the horse’s back, low weight and bulk under the saddle, a sophisticated ventilation and air-supply system. The special and innovative structure of these pads shows a multitude of little bulges with lateral holes permitting an intense, horizontally directed air circulation. Besides creating a shock-absorbing cushion effect every time they are compressed and released, the bulges generate a flow of refreshing air which keeps the back of the horse perfectly dry. This function is additionally enhanced by big rectangular cutouts arranged across the entire gullet channel of the pads.
Waterproof and easy care product, washable at 30° C under running water.


Dri-Lex is a fabric that combines hydrophobic and hydrophilic fibers in a composite structure that is unique in the industry. The inner layer stays dry, while the outer layer acts as a micro-reservoir for sweat, and the moisture is literally vaporized. Dri-Lex fabrics are engineered to enhance nature’s work. They rapidly move moisture through performance equipment to keep the body dry and comfortable.

3D Spacer Fabric

Spacer fabric is a highly technical material designed to distribute weight, allow maximum air flow which benefits the skin and provides a healthy skin and muscle tone supporting blood circulation. It is also designed to disperse shear and direct pressure, ideal for sensitive and cold backed horses. This material prevent heat build-up, allows consistent air circulation, provides faster sweat absorption and efficient evaporation. The fabric is easy to clean under running water and can be reused immediately because of its ability to dry fast, with only a shakeout required! If machine washing is needed, it can be done at low temperatures with a mild soap.


For an exclusive and innovative production Acavallo chooses only the finest materials from the best Italian tanneries. Only eco-sustainable leathers and hides have been selected without any artificial pigmentation. This complex selection process gives a natural, velvety feel. All the components selected are subjecting to a rigorous quality control before assembly. For their very nature, a number of external factors can cause a rapid ageing of the hides. To lengthen the life of the product and protect it from natural factors, we would advise to regularly clean the leather with proper glycerine soap for hides.