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Horse Trainer Coaches Use Shock Absorbing Saddle Pads

Geoff Teall
Horse Trainers Use Shock Absorbing Saddle Pads

Horse Trainers and Couches double up non slip and shock absorbing saddle pads during schooling or when a horse is more advanced than a rider.


While it is no surprise doubling ThinLine pads helps sore backed horses we were excited to discover many trainers are using double thickness ThinLine to “slightly dull” the rider’s seat on highly trained horses.

When horses are in training professionals are working hard to create balanced horses who are able to respond quickly to light and sensitive aids. Frequently it takes some time for owners, or riders taking lessons on upper-level horses, to develop a quiet seat and give appropriate aids. In order not to dull the horse trainers are using double pads to “mute” the extra noises of riders’ seats and upper legs so the horses can stay responsive.

Trainers are having students ride with an extra ThinLine Basic English pad or Basic Western Pad on days they are not under the watchful eye of their instructor. This keeps the horses from feeling too much additional noise. The second pad is taken off while in lessons or in the show ring when riders are more mindful of their aids. Trainers are reporting they are able to keep their upper-level lesson horses and their clients show horses much more thorough and responsive in the show ring!

Add any Non-Slip ThinLine under your saddle pad or blanket. Continue to use your regular ThinLine or ThinLine Plus Pad.

Mike Winter, Wayfarer Eventing (UK), called us to tell us he was frequently using two ThinLine pads on horses at the same time. he wondered if this was a common occurrence. We asked him why he needed two, his reply;

I often take client horses for training. They are shipped to Florida and training is paid for by the month. Many times we have horses arrive with sore backs either from poor saddle fit, poor bio-mechanics while riding or simply from too much pounding from the riders seat. I feel I cannot just give the horses time off to get better while they rest on a training fee, so I began stacking ThinLine pads. I always ride in the Ultra ThinLine but though it helped horses with sore backs it did not completely eliminate back problems so I began placing a ThinLine Half Pad on top of my ThinLine cotton comfort pad. I am then able to work even extremely sore backed horses without discomfort and they are able to lift their backs, move properly and get right back to work with great reduced soreness.”

Stacking pads is a very effective training tool for several reasons.

  • Riders on experienced horses get to keep their well-trained mount well trained until their seat catches up!
  • Horses in training learn new aids with less “rattle” with the double pad system.
  • Removing one ThinLine shock absorbing saddle pad at a time allows both horse and rider to stage their changes in a small and subtle way. It is much like removing the training wheels.

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Horse Trainer Coaches Use Shock Absorbing Saddle Pads