To help fund my horse addiction, I am thinking of starting up a side business of painting saddle pads. I posted a photo of some pads that I painted for the hunter pace last month. Here are a few others:
I am trying to figure out what types of designs people would like to see, or if they'd rather do fully-custom designs. I find that sometimes fully-custom is a bit scary for some people, because it's hard to envision the end result, but other people may like having the ability to make the saddle pad one-of-a-kind.
If I had a selection of pre-designed options, what kinds of designs would you like to see? I did a batch of these pads for a summer camp once for the owner to give to the camp counselors. For that order, I did a whole bunch of different designs, including flamingos, dolphins, fish, flowers, and stars. The kids loved them.
I am also wondering if customers would rather select the pad that the design is painted on, or if they wouldn't care what kind of pad it is. These were all painted on Riders International (the Dover brand) A/P pads because they are easy to wash, fairly inexpensive so that keeps costs down, and they hold up really well.
Any feedback would really help!