America’s Top Equestrian Stars Use Saddle Pad To Keep Horses Healthy

Top Equestrian Olympic Riders like Anne Kursinski, Carol Lavell, Boyd Martin, Kent Farrington, and Beezie Madden use ThinLine saddle pads.

And let us not forget other FEI sports such as Endurance; Valerie Kanavy and Reining; The McCutchen Family.

What makes superstars incorporate ThinLine into their carefully managed stables?

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Saddle Fitters for the stars.

Master Saddler Jen Thackery explains, “I tried the [ThinLine] pad on my Thoroughbreds and they rounded up quicker, were more responsive to the aids, and I could sit the gaits much easier.”

After feeling and seeing such extraordinary changes in her rehab horses Ms. Thackery began recommending ThinLine to all her clients.  She was able to add ThinLine, which did not alter perfect saddle fit, and watched as even the top FEI and Olympic horses responded in much the same way.

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Grooms are often the front line to new equipment.

From Carly Muma:

As a traveling 5* groom for Susie Dutta, I rely on only the best for my FEI Grand Prix horses, and these Full Sheepskin dressage pads are simply the best in the business! Our horses have never performed or trained better on a daily bases !”

The talk gets around town.

The positive response from riders as diverse as hunter legend Geoff Teall to endurance champion Valerie Kanavy as well as dressage riders like Betsy Steiner, Hilda Gurney, Marco Bernal, Cesar Parra, and Shannon Dueck has truly encouraged Elaine, owner of ThinLine. “I feel so fortunate that I came across this great product. It really is tremendous technology,” she says.

Endorsed for Sore Backs, Geoff features ThinLine.

ThinLine pads are different from other pads because they incorporate a unique, open-cell technology that moves shock, weight, and heat laterally along the pad without compressing. The result is 95% shock absorption and reduced rider movement. “This encourages your horse to move through his back,” Elaine explains. “We get calls and emails every day with stories of how ThinLine saddle pads have improved their horse’s movement or their ability to sit their horse’s gaits. These riders tell us they have little or no back pain and that their horses are working better and happier. It’s a two-way street of comfort, ideal for resolving current challenges and preventing rider and horse back problems in the future.”

Healthy Happy Backs for horses and riders make for better scores.

Top equestrian riders now consider a ThinLine pad equal to safety equipment such as helmets and boots. Studies over the past two decades have demonstrated riders who use ThinLine daily have healthier backs after decades of riding”.

Schuyler Riley KidUSET Member Schuyler Riley explains, “Nottingham’s back was in a lot of pain…He jumps hard and uses his whole body. At his first show in the ThinLine pad, he jumped three days in a row without having a pole down…two weeks later a bone scan showed his back to be pain free! I even noticed a difference in my back. I now plan on using ThinLine on all my top horses!”

The trademarked open cell technology also makes ThinLine pads 100% breathable so heat and moisture are not trapped under the saddle. An anti-microbial agent is also infused into all ThinLine products. Because ThinLine doesn’t compress or slip, pressure points created by movement or position changes in the saddle are eliminated. “Many of the challenges associated with working muscles are nearly eliminated,” Elaine says. “And because the pad returns to its original shape immediately, it is very durable and can be used on multiple horses each day.”

High Tech Solutions for Riders.

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If a saddle pad is effective for a horse the rider should also be able to feel a difference. Comfort is a two-way street. ThinLine is the only product endorsed by surgeons for riders with back problems. See back cover and text in “The Riders Pain-Free Back” by Dr. Jim Warson.


High Tech Solutions for Performance.The Rider's Pain-Free Back by Dr. James Warson

ThinLine vs. Without ThinLine.  ThinLine not only reduces shock and improves saddle fit but has a measurable difference in rider equitation. Studies show riders sit more quietly resulting in more balance and a better connection. Elaine says “as a rider this is what we all seek every day, to have a better connection with our horses.”

ThinLine is available in two thicknesses and a variety of shapes. Riders may purchase a basic pad to go over any saddle pad in the barn or, it comes already combined with popular cotton, sheepskin, or felt.  Pads are shimmable for better saddle fit and are endorsed by international saddle fit organizations such as Saddle Fit 4 Life.

Taking Benefits to the Next Level.

With so many great benefits, it made sense to apply ThinLine to other important pieces of tack. ThinLine Inc. introduced protective leg boots and girths suitable for all disciplines. ThinLine Reins are now the top-selling ThinLine product!  Originally designed for riders with arthritis the product has stormed the market because trainers quickly discovered that all riders ride with a softer contact in the reins because they never slip so riders do not have to grip them and the result is a softer hand, arm, and shoulder!

ThinLine Rider Kent Farrington Kent Farrington riding in ThinLine open front schooling boots & Basic ThinLine Plus Pad.





Betsy Steiner carries ThinLine reins to her clinics to allow riders to experience a softer, more secure connection with their horse.

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Additionally “We have dressage girths, jumper girths, and western cinches,” Elaine says. It’s breathable, non-slip and anti-microbial like the pads and is available in a variety of sizes and colors. Riders of all disciplines have also been snapping up the ThinLine Bell Boots that are lined at the coronary band with soft sheepskin. The ThinLine closed front Sport Boots, available in front and hind sizes, are also very popular with the dressage crowd. And the Grand Prix jumper riders like Kent Farrington love the ThinLine open front Schooling Boots. “They are super lightweight, but very effective at reducing shock, remain dirt-free, mold to the horse’s leg and ventilate to keep tendons cool.”

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America’s Top Equestrian Stars Use Saddle Pad To Keep Horses Healthy


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