How to saddle a sway back horse with a corrective pad. If your saddle is bridging – it has little to no contact in the center – your best option will be to use a saddle pad that offers an open shimming system. While there are many corrective pads on the market, each horse, saddle and saddle pad combination are different, shimming in the right place is the most important starting point.
Bridging Shim Placement.
When learning how to saddle a sway back horse with a corrective pad, it is important you are able to place a bridging shim in exactly the right place to provide even contact along the full panel of the saddle. We recommend you only use a pad with an open shim pocket. Saddles will bridge in different areas depending upon your horses confirmation and the tree of the saddle. Once you have shimmed in the center, ride and check to see if you have an even sweat pattern along their top-line.
Sway Back Saddle Fitting Shims.
Materials used to saddle a sway back horse are as important as the corrective pad itself. The materials need to be supportive, they need to provide pressure relief, they should not shift and they should be comfortable for your horse. By making our shims from the same material as our shock absorbing saddle pads we can double the comfort for the horse while also creating perfect saddle fit. In addition to placement, the thickness of the bridging shim needs to be correct if you want your horse to lift their back and create a stronger top-line. We offer bridging shims in two thicknesses, allowing you to provide your horse with precisely the right amount of build up.
Is it my horse or my saddle?
It could be either, or both. But don’t worry. We have spent two decades working with saddle fitters to give you all the options you need for a perfect and comfortable fit. We have a money back guarantee so feel free to order shims and return those you do not need. Feel free to reach out to our educated customer service reps for suggestions.
What does the Panel of ThinLine provide for swayback horses?
In this case, ThinLine delivers shock absorbing protection for both horses and riders. ThinLine is the only product endorsed by surgeons, master saddlers & veterinarians.
“The manner in which this product absorbs motion encourages horses to lift their backs, developing strength and top-line. It has been endorsed by Veterinarians, for horses, as well as Spinal Surgeons for riders. It is a top pick for Master Saddlers around the world. Equine Chiropractors and Massage Therapists carry it on their trucks to keep horses going strong, supple and relaxed. Trainers and riders find it a trusted product to improve rider equitation.” It is the dual benefits of extraordinary shock absorption and rider motion reduction that sets ThinLine apart from other saddle pads.
Additionally, the top layer of ThinLine will automatically span the area and create contact on saddle areas not yet touching the horse.
How do I know which pad to choose?
We offer saddle pads and shock absorbing shims for sway back horses in every saddle style and have designed our pads to work well with even the most challenging confirmations.
Click images to learn more about specific saddle pad styles which include Western, Endurance, Jumping, Dressage and Treeless pads.
How to saddle a sway back horse with a corrective pad.
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