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Basic English Saddle Pads


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English Basic Saddle Pads are Pure ThinLine performance foam. Designed to be used over your daily pad and under your saddle.


  •  Ultimate protection for both horse and rider’s back
  •  Protection for riders back
  •  Perfect for custom and well fitting saddles, really thin to not compromise a well fitting saddle
  •  Provides maximum shock absorption without altering saddle fit or rider feel
  •  Improves rider equitation
  •  Tailored and discrete
  •  Open cell technology creates 100% breathability
  •  Product durability – this horse saddle pad English can last up to 7-10 years
  •  Supple, it molds for a custom fit when warmed to body temperature
  •  Non-slip Properties



  •  Two shapes – Half pad and Contour pad
  •  Two thicknesses – ThinLine+Plus(1/4″) and ThinLine(3/16″)
  •  ThinLine Half (3/16″) pad available with border trimmed,  or untrimmed
  •  ThinLine (3/16″) Contour pad available untrimmed
  •  Please see sizing tab at bottom of the page for measurements

Why should you purchase a basic ThinLine pad instead of a shimmable ThinLine Pad?

You have a well fitting saddle that does not require shimming.

$ Price and Longevity– The ThinLine foam will remain functional for 7-10 years, depending on use. Basic pads will cost you less than $1.00 per month.

Versatility– Basic pads may be placed over any other saddle pad and may be used on multiple horses.

Maintenance– Basic performance foam saddle pads require no care or washing.

Half Pad or Contour Pad?

Half Pads offer a discrete amount of protection directly under your saddle.

Contour pads add protection under the stirrup bar and will help control left to right saddle slip.

ThinLine absorbs impact by moving it laterally along the horse saddle pads English. Unless the price is a serious barrier, we suggest you choose the contour English horse saddle pad; the more ThinLine foam you have, the better it works.

USDF Magazine: Top Trainer Picks: ThinLine Saddle Pad

ThinLine+Plus or  ThinLine?

ThinLine (3/16″) is our thinnest shock absorbing English horse saddle pad. Thoughtfully designed to protect both horse and rider’s backs and create a soft, quiet, elastic connection. If your riding is not in a place where you can focus on nuances, you should likely start in a ThinLine. If you are a close contact rider, you will greatly appreciate ThinLine. This product reduces rider movement so horses can balance and focus. It does not amplify the seat, it reduces “background noise” so the rider’s seat aids are clear.  (Formerly Known as Ultra ThinLine)

ThinLine+Plus (1/4″) is thicker and designed for beginning riders, horses in high impact situations, or horses with sore backs. ThinLine+Plus is endorsed by Veterinarians, even for severe back problems such as kissing spine. It is the #1 choice of Equine Chiropractors and Massage Therapists.  All shimmable performance foam saddle pads come with ThinLine sewn on the top. But, you can create the ThinLine+Plus thickness simply by adding a Booster Shim.

The top choice for many great riders.  Kent Farrington rides every horse, every day in a ThinLine+Plus Contour pad, and has done so for more than a deca


thinline endorsed by the rider pain free back book

Rider Spinal Health:

Riding over a lifetime can take its toll on a rider’s spine. ThinLine can drastically reduce the aches and pains that come from time in the saddle by moving shock, weight, and heat laterally along the pad without compressing. Horses backs also benefit from the 95% shock absorption and from having a quieter ride in the saddle. ThinLine is the only saddle pad endorsed by Spinal Surgeons – See “The Riders Pain-Free Back” by Dr. James Warson.





Selecting Sizing



ThinLine: White, Black. (Formerly known as Ultra)

ThinLine Plus: Black.


Half Pad Sizes: Pony and Horse. Ultra ThinLine half pads are available with cotton binding.

Contour Pad Sizes: Regular and Large.

See below for dimensions or select product size.

Regular Contour Pad

Fits most 16-17.5″ saddles
20.5″ spine length | 25″ across shoulder | 14.5″ across seat

Large Contour Pad

Fits most 18″+ saddles
22.25″ spine length | 27″ across shoulder | 15.5″ across seat

Pony Half Pad
Fits most saddles up to 15.5″
17.25″ spine length | 15.75″ across shoulder | 12.5″ across seat

Horse Half Pad
Fits most 16-17.5″ saddles
19.5″ spine length | 18″ across shoulder | 14″ across seat


Basic Pad Care Instructions

These pads don’t require washing. You can hose them off or simply use a baby wipe.  Basic ThinLine Pads can last a decade or more. For White pads, feel free to use products like Soft Scrub or place it in a bucket of water with some bleach.


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Questions and answers of the customers

  1. A Thanks for your question! There have been a number of riders who have had good luck trimming the pad in the front to allow for a better fit with the contoured pad underneath. If you decide to trim, please be sure to trim it into a rounded cut back, as opposed to a v-shaped cut. Also, the ThinLine Contour Pad can be used against your horse (it's very breathable & anti fungal/bacterial) but it may shorten the lifetime of the pad by being exposed to more dirt and sweat. Another option to consider is our Trifecta cotton half pad. It is designed with it's own contoured wither and works beautifully on top of another contoured pad. As always, if you have more questions, or if there's anything we can do to help, please call us @ 888-401-9101.
  2. A All ThinLine pads offer the back protection and ventilation that you'll need for endurance riding. So it's really just a matter of finding a pad shape that works best with your saddle. We make four pads specifically for endurance. There are two round skirt pads. one is all cotton (7304-S) and the other is lined sheepskin (3334-S). We also make two with a modified square skirt, one in felt (7336) and one in cotton. The cotton pad is designed for drop rigging and has extra ThinLine underneath where your rigging would sit. The drop rigging pad is available in all cotton (8801) or with synthetic sheepskin( 8802). Feel free to search the item numbers on the website to see all of the options. If you have any questions, or if we can be of further help, please call the office at 888-401-9101.
  3. A Thank you for your question! Our Basic pads are formed of a single piece of ThinLine Plus or Ultra ThinLine material and are not shimmable. All other ThinLine pads, besides the Basics, are shimmable. They are made with Ultra ThinLine panels sewn along the spine of the pad, creating a pocket for adding shims.
  4. A Thanks for your question! The ThinLinePlus Basic half pad is only available in black.