Felt contoured Pad are designed to fit the shape of each individual horse. It will help eliminate pressure along the spin and allow the pad to be in direct contact with the horses back adding more protection while maintaining density. This will help absorb shock and soaks moisture away from the horses back keeping the heat away from their back. Felt is very easy to keep clean you can spray the pad with water apply a small amount of detergent if necessary massage the soiled areas with your hands or curry comb. Rise the pad off and hang to dry, do not lay pad upside down when drying.