Saddle Fitting Solutions

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 solution for all your saddle fitting needs.


Saddle Fitting Solutions
ThinLine Pads come with a pocket to add saddle fitting shims.
Front, Bridging, Rear Shims

Our pads and shims (made of the same amazing material as our pads) have been designed by master saddlers for English and Western Saddles.  Every pad on our site, except our basic pad, has a pocket for shimming to create perfect saddle fit.  Many top riders use ThinLine alone, without shims, to protect horse and rider backs.

 The ThinLine Promise:

Regardless of your saddle fitting issue, there is a ThinLine solution to the problem.  With ThinLine on every Saddle Pad you are certain, even when your saddle has a custom fit, you are delivering the protection and comfort they need.  SHOP NOW


SMS master saddle fitters

What Master Saddlers are Saying about ThinLine:

So many horses improve top-line muscle tone by using ThinLine Master Saddlers such as Cordia Person (CSF) educate saddle fitters on how to shim with ThinLine.  For custom saddles, fitters like Cordia, recommend Basic Ultra ThinLine Pads to protect backs and keep saddles fitting until the next check.  Ultra ThinLine will not alter the fit of a custom saddle.  ThinLine pads come with a pocket to add shims.

Kissing Spine Disease

Solutions for Equine Sore Backs, Veterinarians endorse ThinLinePlus+:

 -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. Burlington Equine Veterinary Services VT: specializing in KSD Kissing Spine Disease treatment, among others recommend the ThinLinePlus+ Basic Therapeutic Pad.

International Company: Back on Track adds Ultra ThinLine to their Muscle Warming products.

Leaders of Therapeutic products for athletes & horses created English & Western pads called the Contender Saddle Pad. Back On Track with ThinLine delivers double the technology. Designed by Back on Track.  If you briefly warm up your horse, Back on Track Products can make sure muscles are loose before you enter the arena.  Coupled with ThinLine, top professionals choose this combination to save their horses for the show ring.

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Saddle Fit For Life:

Premier Saddler in Canada, Schlesse Saddlery, is so confident ThinLine does more for horses they designed their own pad to fit the wider and longer panels found on many dressage saddles. See the Segue Pad for their unique design and one of a kind inserts (saddle fitting shim). Saddle Fit 4 Life.

felt barrel saddle fit pad

Easy Safe Saddle Fit:

All ThinLine pads, except the basic pads, have an opening at the center bottom to easily slide in an insert. 

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inserts Front Bridging and Rear SmallSaddle 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.  Click here for English Shims.  Click Here for Western Shims.

How Does ThinLine affect Saddle Movement?

Most visually notable is how much better the saddle, and therefore the rider, stays in close contact with the horse. When pads are moving, up, down, left, right, we can only imagine how much more challenging for the horse it is to have this instability they must carry.  ThinLine does an amazing job of keeping you close and connected to your horse.  Thousands of riders will tell you how their horses’ performance improves just by adding a ThinLine Pad.

Barrel Racing Pads

dover saddlery

Is so confident ThinLine does more for horses they designed their own pad for Hunters. The Full Sheepskin Trim with White Ultra ThinLine protects every inch of saddle area giving Hunters the best. Available only at Dover Saddlery:

Saddle Fitting Solutions:

Common Conformation issues, how to resolve saddle fit:

High or peaked wither:

Any ThinLine Western Shimmable pad or English
Shimmable Pad
will solve your problem. Horses with profoundly peaked withers also have a hollow point at the shoulder: Often the source of saddle fit troubles. TL Shimmable pads provide gullet and wither clearance. Add Front ThinLine Inserts and your saddle will rest properly at the withers with additional support for hollow areas.

Mutton Wither:

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 BASfelt barrel saddle fit padIC ThinLine.  Or any ThinLine pad without front shims.

Sway Back:

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.  For more information see: Saddle Fitting the Sway Backed Horse. saddle fitting solutions the best saddle pad

Riser Pads:

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.

SmartPak Loves ThinLine so much
they developed their own custom pad


ThinLine has received accolades from top riders, publications, surgeons, Saddle Fitters, Veterinarians,
Chiropractors, Equine Massage Therapist, and of course horses and riders.

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By choosing ThinLine for your horse you are also choosing to support USA Manufacturing.

Saddle Fitting Solutions

Saddle Fitting Solutions