When I was picking up the Cambox, I also bought a bunch of saddle pads. Two of those pads were for a secret project for my husband; I wanted to get them embroidered with Eugene’s freezemark. The BLM freeze brands each Mustang with a unique code that identifies them.
I looked at some of the online stores that did embroidered saddle pads, but they all had either long turn-around times, really high prices for converting a logo into an embroidery file, or both. I eventually just bought two Roma pads at Dover in Eugene’s colors and found a local embroiderer to do the job.
I did have to provide the embroiderer with a vector image of Eugene’s brand. The brand is really illegible on his neck. I might be able to make more sense of it if I shaved him, but I wasn’t going to do that for this. Luckily, his paperwork came with his brand written down. I used YouiDraw, which is a free vector creation website. It’s a little clunky to use, but it’s free and you don’t have to download anything so I’d recommend it for little projects like this. I just made a bunch of rectangles and rotated them to make Eugene’s brand:
I dropped the pads off with the embroiderer and we discussed the placement and sizing of the embroidery. I was going to make them a bit larger, but he wanted to use a specific hoop that worked better on thick things like the pads and that hoop could only handle about 6.5″, but that size actually ended up looking perfect.
The black one was embroidered on both sides and the red one only on the left. My husband is going to keep the red one set aside for shows. These were my gift to him for his birthday and he was pretty happy about them. We even pulled Eugene’s mane out of the way for a shot of the embroidery with his matching freezebrand.
These are so mice, now I kinda want to make custom saddle pads for myself. Does anyone else have custom embroidered pads? If so, where did you get yours?
Those are beautiful. I love his smile-obviously he liked them. I have a custom pad that my friend gave me. I love it- there’s something about personalized tack. Here we have quite a few options for embroidery so it’s easy to find someone.
He was very happy with them even though he doesn’t generally like saddle pads.
Those are really nice. What a great birthday gift. I don’t have anything personalized, but now I want to!
I know. Now I want my own as well.
These are beautiful! Makes me want to do something similar to personalize all my pads.
I know. Now I want to do all of mine.
What an awesome idea!! I love the that final shot showing them both off.
We need to get his mane tamed over to the other side so you can see his brand more often.
OOOOOOOMG. OMG. NEED.
Yes. You should get some too!
omg thats a REALLY cute idea!!!! i want a mustang D’:
The pads look fantastic! What a great idea! I use Sydney at Two Socks Designs for both my barn/team gear and for the browbands. She was able to take my very amateur logo and vectorize it for me at the lowest cost I could find. Plus she sent it to me so I can use it for business cards, etc. She is fantastic to work with and so very creative with what she can do. She has a website and Etsy shop too. And she’s very affordable.
Yes, I looked at her etsy store and it looked great. I didn’t have time for her turn-around though.
That’s so cool! Great idea
Those turned out great. I love the colors. Awesome idea!
It’s actually hard to find red tack as it seems to not be an “in” color right now.
Really lovely and thoughtful gift!
He was very happy with them.
Such a good idea!
I only wish I’d thought of it earlier and had some more time to get custom pads done as well.
That’s such a great idea! They came out great too!
I have a few embroidered baby pads that I had done on site at horse shows. It can get pretty expensive. I think finding a local, non horse shop is the cheapest route.
My step mom recently got a really fancy sewing machine and I think she can now do custom embroidery for me. I just need to figure out what I want for a logo now!
One of those home embroidery machines would be so awesome to have. I think I’d embroider everything I own though so maybe better I don’t have one.
I want everything I owned to be embroidered. I just love how it looks
What an awesome idea!
That is a really great gift, congrats on coming up with the perfect thing for them!
That is so cool! The pads turned out great 🙂
I was surprised how well they turned out.
You did a wonderful job!
Turned out so good!!
These look so great!!