Saddle Pad choice
Choosing a pad to compliment your saddle is very important to the performance of any saddle. For many horses, the right pad can make or break the fit of the saddle. Please take the time to determine which pad will work best for you and your horse, as there are many deciding factors.
Most Important Features of a Pad for a Sensation Ride™ Treeless Saddle:
- Contoured to the Horse’s spine
- Padding on either side of the spine, not directly on the spine.
- Open cell, breathable fabrics
- At least ½”of padded support
To determine what kind of padding you need, there are several factors to consider:
1) Your discipline
2) Your weight
3) Your horse's build
The very round backed, no withered horse:
With a horse like this, almost any pad can be used but the rider may enjoy a non-slip element with these “wine barrel on legs” horses. Neoprene girth liners are also popular with this type of horse.
The atrophied shouldered/backed horse:
Shaped shims that can be added to a regular pad are the best for this type of horse. The shims can be placed in the pad, and removed as the horse begins to rebuild his muscling.
The average withered, average backed horse:
Almost any pad can be used on a horse like this, the decision between a soft or firm support will lie in the other determining factors.
Narrow back with a med-high wither:
While treeless saddles of any kind are not recommended for this type of horse, the borderline “maybe” horses with this conformation will benefit from a firm support pad, and possibly shims.