Handmade From the Heart: The Story of Padded Ponies
When Padded Ponies was founded in 2011, its founders had no idea that it would one day become the premier handmade saddle pad company in the equestrian world. What began as a passion project made with an old sewing machine on our dining room table has turned into a thriving business that has attracted customers from all over the world.
So, how did Padded Ponies become the success it is today? Here we'll take a look at the company's history and how it has evolved over the years. We'll also share some of our favorite stories and anecdotes from our time in the saddle pad industry.
Founder and Her Love for Horses
The founder of Padded Ponies, Lydia, has loved horses her entire life. As a little girl, she would spend hours playing with her toy horses and dreaming of the day she could own her own.
As an teen, Lydia's love for horses led her to start making saddle pads for her own horse and her friend's horses. And Padded Ponies was born!
Lydia's passion for horses shines through in every piece of Padded Ponies merchandise. From the cute and quirky designs to the high-quality materials, each product is made with care and love.
How the Business Started on Etsy
Padded Ponies was founded on Etsy in 2011 by a mother-daughter duo. After making a few saddle pads for themselves and their friends, they decided to take the plunge and create an online shop. They set up an Etsy store, ordered some business cards, and started to promote our new venture.
They started out with just 20 fabrics and two saddle pad shapes, but the business grew quickly. In the years since, they had expanded their product line to include saddle covers and added over 100 prints to their collection. Thanks to the support of their loyal customers, Padded Ponies had become a leading handmade equestrian brand.
How the Products Are Made
All of our products are handmade with love by Lydia in Goliad, TX. We use only the highest quality materials, and ensure our products are something we would use on our own horses. We're passionate about giving our customers unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that they can't find anywhere else. Each and every product is made with attention to detail and a focus on customer satisfaction.
The Importance of Customer Satisfaction
Over the years, Padded Ponies has come to be known for their high-quality, customizable horse equipment. But it hasn't always been easy. The company was founded on Etsy in 2011, and it wasn't until 2018 that they launched their own website. Throughout the years, the one thing that has remained constant is their dedication to customer satisfaction.
Whether it's hand-sewing each saddle pad or adding unique customization options, Padded Ponies always puts their customers first. And it's this commitment to quality and customer service that has helped them grow into the successful business they are today.
The Future of Padded Ponies
Where do we see Padded Ponies in the future? We see our company evolving and expanding with new ideas every day. We want to continue providing high-quality, handmade equipment to our loyal customers. And we're always looking for new ways to serve our clients and make their experience with Padded Ponies the best it can be.
Our company was founded on a simple idea: to create unique equestrian products, using only the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. From those humble beginnings, we've grown into one of the leading providers of custom saddle pads and horse gear.
We're proud of our heritage, and we're committed to continuing to provide our customers with the very best in handmade horse gear. Thanks for being a part of it!
Horse Nation: Turn Out for a Cause
Read more about our journey and our LGBTQ+ products in Horse Nation's Turn Out For A Cause: Padded Ponies.
"Here at Horse Nation, we love to spotlight small businesses that have unique offerings for equestrians — especially when they support worthy causes as well. Padded Ponies is one such business. They offer a full range of handmade and customizable saddle pads, half pads, equestrian bags and more. "