The only saddle pad endorsed by back surgeons, master saddlers and veterinarians.

ThinLine Tack Technology

ThinLine is a shock-absorbing breathable no-slip foam with a number of extraordinary features.

thinline technology science benefits

Benefits For the horse. Protection without losing the feel of the rider!

The way ThinLine absorbs shock and reduces pressure points is what makes your horse happy and free in the back.  The ThinLine also ventilates, across the pad and in addition to its’ 95% shock absorbency it is also non slip.  Most importantly, to your horse, is how these pads create stability, and support, generating confidence and freedom of movement.

Benefits For the rider. ThinLine gives you a confident freely moving horse you can sit with ease!

ThinLines’ slim design puts you in closer contact with your horse while providing them with all the protection of much thicker pads.  You’ll feel the horse moving bigger,  but with the extraordinary shock absorption of ThinLine, you will be moving in unison with your mount.  The ThinLine layer sewn onto the pad has a 95% shock absorption rate that spreads impact LATERALLY  across the pad. The motion you feel under you as you ride is absorbed by the ThinLine and transferred ACROSS the pad instead of UP into your spine. And this same shock absorption benefit is enjoyed by your horse as well.  Lose the bulk so your leg can easily drape giving you a seamless feel of his sides.

ThinLine Tack Technology Endorsements.

ThinLine, endorsed by Spinal surgeons for rider back protection.  In addition to absorbing shock, it also reduces spine movement.  It is profoundly effective. Riders effectively sit quietly and communication with their equines is greatly improved. This is part of why both horses and riders love it so much.

ThinLine, endorsed by Veterinarians for horses with Kissing Spine as well as recommended as a preventative product for equine sore backs.

ThinLine, endorsed by Master Saddlers because of its’ shimming system.  In addition to the therapeutic benefits of the shims, the open pocket allows fitters to create perfect fit on any challenging topline, shoulder or wither height.

rider sore back saddle pad

ThinLine Tack Technology. Manufacturing process.

Beginning as a liquid, open cells are poured then polarized so each cell lies end-to-end. Another layer is poured then polarized in a new direction. Then, repeated hundreds of times in order to create a honeycomb matrix formation that allows impact and heat to move laterally. The end result is that impact moves ACROSS the ThinLine pad, which produces a completely different ride your horse will love. Riders will also love how the open-cell horse tack technology transfers recoil off the horse’s back laterally rather than directly up into the base of the rider’s spine.

ThinLine Tack Technology, how it works in Horse Tack.

Integrity and softness allow ThinLine to flex and stretch over high withers, around bones, splints, girths or saddle pressure points without bottoming out (like memory foam, or moving, like gel).

Body temperature warms the ThinLine material allowing it to conform to the horse to support tendons and muscles, and relieve pressure and impact. When returned to room temperature, 75° F, it rebounds to its original shape.

Durability: The life span of this ThinLine can easily exceed a decade.

shock absorbing saddle pad

Saddle Pads, ThinLine or ThinLinePlus+?

ThinLine 3/16″, 4.7mm.

(Formerly called Ultra ThinLine), the thinnest option designed to protect horse and rider backs by eliciting a soft, quiet, elastic connection. The ThinLine foam reduces the extraneous ‘background noise’ of your movement. This allows your horse to balance and focus better and makes your seat aides clearer and more effective. It is so thin it will not alter custom saddle fit. Too, it can clear up small saddle fit issues all on its own.  This is the thickness sewn onto all of our shimmable saddle pads.

saddle fitting protection

Image: full shim inserting into english pad


saddle fitting shim

ThinLine Plus Full Shim

ThinLine+ 1/4″,6.3mm.

Our thicker option that offers a higher level of protection. Best suited for horses with sore backs and those exposed to frequent and sudden impacts. Endurance, jumpers or cutting horses to name a few. It’s also a great choice for beginner riders and young horses in training.

ThinLine+ (available in black only) is available in two ways, in a Basic Pad  OR you may add ThinLine Full Shims to any Shimmable ThinLine pad. This gives you the flexibility to switch back and forth between a ThinLine or a ThinLinePlus+ ride. Adding the full shim gives you more ThinLine protection without altering saddle fit.

Which Saddle Pad To Choose?

We frequently receive questions regarding which ThinLine pad is the best.  Every ThinLine Pad comes with this amazing material. You simply choose the style of pad you like and the size to fit your saddle.  ThinLine, sewn onto different textiles provides you with the perfect pad for all saddles and lifestyles.  Every single ThinLine product offers the same performance and protection and every pad except the basic (just a sheet of the shock-absorbing foam) has a pocket to add saddle fitting shims.  Click the Shop Now button to see the full line.



saddle pad technology pressure relief





ThinLine Tack Technology.