LaughingMare

Art Saddle Pads for English Riders

San Jose, California

Announcement    Ride For The Fun Of It!
Practice should never be boring.

Welcome to Your Place for Art Saddle pads to fit English saddles

Featuring art by hand so you stand out. Never 'bland in!'
Hand made for you by an award winning artist/competitive equestrian.

Saddle pads can now be found exclusively at Tack and Treasures, Gilroy, California

Shipping:
Saving your money and your environment with biodegradable mailers. We sacrificed a little of the unboxing experience, but, you'll agree, it's worth it.

Limited production:
It takes time to make everything perfect for your favorite horse. Big industrial sewing machines and Patience make that possible.

Have fun looking, ask questions.

Your laughing artist,
Cara

Announcement

Last updated on Sep 11, 2022

Ride For The Fun Of It!
Practice should never be boring.

Welcome to Your Place for Art Saddle pads to fit English saddles

Featuring art by hand so you stand out. Never 'bland in!'
Hand made for you by an award winning artist/competitive equestrian.

Saddle pads can now be found exclusively at Tack and Treasures, Gilroy, California

Shipping:
Saving your money and your environment with biodegradable mailers. We sacrificed a little of the unboxing experience, but, you'll agree, it's worth it.

Limited production:
It takes time to make everything perfect for your favorite horse. Big industrial sewing machines and Patience make that possible.

Have fun looking, ask questions.

Your laughing artist,
Cara

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About LaughingMare

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RIde For The Fun Of It with your Laughing Mare saddle pad.

I started making saddle pads for myself. As a dressage rider in the '80s and '90s, the pads you could buy were very boring: Black on white, white on black. I wanted more, so I began making my own. These turned out to be prototypes for the pads I make now. It was a 15 year process to get it just right.

My saddle pads have been in quilt shows, in the wearable art category.

My background: I learned a lot of design while quilting, had quilts in shows and won some prizes. I returned to the batik I learned in High School (and couldn't do at home back then because it was "messy") and developed my skill, entered some art shows and won some prizes. I tried primitive folk art dolls--another show, another prize. That was all fun.

My heart was always saddle pads and batik, and I had to combine those. That wasn't enough... add machine applique! Maybe some steam punk style. Always riding toward the next fence(or set of cones). When I am in my workshop, my whole heart becomes the saddle pad I am making. When you buy one, you buy a piece of my heart and my wish that it brings you some of the joy I felt while creating it.

Have a good ride,
Cara

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  • Cara Drouin

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Born into a family of scientists, I conformed. For a while. Eventually I broke free. The scientists are shocked. It's like I went to Narnia. Then I had horses and art supplies... and sewing machines

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Last updated on January 23, 2023
Ride for the fun of it!
Let your training sessions and warm-ups make you the one to watch. Is she going into the ring with that pad? YES! Original art saddle pads for English styles of horseback riding. Batik is my favorite!

All from a smoke free studio.

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