In Saddle Fitting, a very common question asked. And it is a very common misconception that half pads are only used for bad fitted saddles. In the contrary. At ThinLine we believe every saddle should fit in love for your horse. Half pads are used primary for shock-absorption! Not only as a Saddle Fitting Solution.
Find some basic saddle fitting tips steps below. Saddle fitting is much more than this though, but it gives an idea. Not speaking about shape changes during riding and movement, weight impact, locomotion etc.
How can I make my saddle fit better?
Whether it is a minor adjustment in lift, balance, filling in one shoulder more than the other, fixing a bridging problem or just controlling saddle slip, there is a ThinLine Saddle Fitting solution for all your saddle fitting needs.
Saddle Fitting Solutions – Why and when using Shims / Inserts?
Shims and Inserts are used to aid a fit to a saddle. We understand that horses can change their shape monthly, take advantage of our shims to help accommodate for developing horses, rehab horses, or when riding multiple horses in the same saddle.
So in all this development, you are always able to balance your saddle correctly in every situation. Shims can provide solutions for:
ThinLine Shimmable pads provide gullet and wither clearance. Add ThinLine Inserts and your saddle will rest properly at the withers with additional support for hollow areas.
Saddles pitch, roll or slip forward? Non-Slip might be the first reason you purchase ThinLine but the noticeable improvement in comfort for your horse is what will really make you happy. We suggest a Basic ThinLine Pad. Or any ThinLine halfpad without shims.
Bridging Shims are the answer. Stack them then remove layers as your horse develops stronger back muscles. To retain the good muscle on the top line you’ve developed continue using your ThinLine without the shims.
If you need to lift the back (cantle) of your saddle adding a rear shim to a ThinLine saddle fit pad is your answer. With lift pads be sure you are protecting your horse at the wither shoulder and trapezoid muscles. ThinLine can do all this for you.
Saddle Fitting Solutions for Equine Sore Backs
Veterinarians endorse ThinLine+
Often the culprit of poor saddle fit. Sore backs are one of the primary reasons for soundness issues.
Veterinarians recommend ThinLine for horses with sore backs and as a preventative measure and as part of their therapy.
ThinLine has received accolades from top riders, publications, surgeons, Saddle Fitters, Veterinarians, Chiropractors, Equine Massage Therapist, and of course horses and riders.
A few endorsements …
Peter Horobin / StrideFree Saddles
Peter Horobin / StrideFree Saddles is a firm believer that ThinLine is the best pad out there! Next to the amazing saddles they create, every horse benefits from a ThinLine Pad in all disciplines! Check out there saddles here: StrideFree Saddles
Saddle Fit 4 Life
Premier Saddler in Canada, Schleese Saddlery, is so confident ThinLine does more for horses and endorse ThinLine pads all over the world. Saddle Fit 4 Life.
All ThinLine pads, except the basic pads, have an opening at the centre bottom to easily slide in an insert.
Saddle Fitting Inserts
Saddle Fitting Inserts (also called shims) are made of our amazing shock absorbing foam and are manufactured with a 45-degree angle edge to ensure there is never a pressure point.
Available in two thicknesses: 1/4 inch and 3/16 inch. Sold in Pairs. Stack inserts to increase lift. Once muscle tone improves simply remove the insert and keep riding in your ThinLine pad protecting your horses’ back.