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

Basic English Saddle Pads

Basic English Saddle Pads

$89.00$135.00

5.00 out of 5
7 Reviews

Back protection for both horse and rider.

Basic English Horse Saddle Pads are Pure ThinLine Material.

There is so much to love about this simple and effective pad.

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English Saddle Blanket Benefits:

  •  Ultimate protection for both horse and rider’s back.
  •  Provides maximum shock absorption without altering saddle fit or rider feel.
  •  Improves rider equitation.
  •  Tailored and discrete.
  •  Open-cell technology creates breathability.
  •  Product durability –  can last up to 7-10 years.
  •  Supple, it molds for a custom fit when warmed to body temperature.
  •  Non-slip.

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 additional protection under the stirrup bar and will help control left to right saddle slip. ThinLine absorbs impact by moving it laterally along the horse and English saddle pad. Unless the price is a serious barrier, we suggest you choose the contour pad; the more ThinLine foam you have, the better it works.

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ThinLine+ or  ThinLine?

ThinLine (3/16″,4.8mm) is our thinnest shock-absorbing English horse saddle pad. Thoughtfully designed to protect both horse and rider’s backs ThinLine creates 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 and helps horses 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+ (1/4″, 6.4mm) 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.

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 decade.

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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.

 

 

Options:

  •  Two shapes – Half pad and Contour pad.
  •  Two thicknesses – ThinLine+Plus(1/4″ 6.4mm) and ThinLine(3/16″4.8mm).
  •  ThinLine Half (3/16″4.8mm) pad available with border trimmed,  or untrimmed.
  •  ThinLine (3/16″4.8mm) Contour pad available untrimmed.
  •  Please see the sizing tab at bottom of the page for measurements.

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Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions N/A
Thickness

ThinLine (3/16", 4.8mm), ThinLine + (1/4", 6.4mm)

Basic Pad Sizes

Contour Pad, Horse Half Pad, Large Contour Pad, Pony Half Pad

Trim

Trimmed, Untrimmed, Wither Reinforcement Trim

Color

Black, Dark Brown, White

Selecting Sizing

 

Colors:

ThinLine 3/16″: White, Black

ThinLine Plus 1/4″: Black

 


Half Pad Sizes: Pony and Horse. ThinLine 3/16″ half pads are available with cotton binding.

Contour Pad Sizes: Regular and Large

Standard Contour Pad

Fits most 16-17.5″ saddles
20.5″ spine length | 12.5″ front drop | 7.25″ rear drop

Large Contour Pad

Fits most 18″+ saddles
22.25″ spine length |13.5″ front drop | 7.75″ rear drop

Pony Half Pad
Fits most saddles up to 15.5″
17.25″ spine length | 8″ front drop | 6.5″ rear drop

Horse Half Pad
Fits most 16-17.5″ saddles
19.5″ spine length | 9″ front drop | 7″ rear drop

 

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.

How to Buy Outside the USA

Thank you for your interest in ThinLine!  ThinLine is readily available in most countries, we hope you will use the following links to our authorized distributors in regions outside the USA.  Here you will find all the great products and support you need:

Europe and the UK: https://www.thinlineglobal.eu/

Australia:  https://thinlineglobalau.com/

Canada:  https://thinlinecanada.ca/

7 reviews for Basic English Saddle Pads

  1. Ruth Zielaskowski

    I use the 1/4″ pad all the time when schooling and showing. It really keeps my horses and myself comfortable. Easy to clean and never wears out.

  2. debicita1

    I bought the 1/4″ english half pad and it is very comfortable, keeps my saddle from shifting. Very easy to clean. Would highly recommend them.

  3. Haley

    Use this pad daily over my BOT pad and the combo really helps my mare! No mare head tossing and generally more willing to move out!

  4. Amanda Wells

    Have owned the 1/4 contour pad for years now. It still looks brand new, so durability is fantastic. Horses ridden in it definitely appreciate the extra cushion as I learn new things.

  5. Josephine

    I use the 3/16 ultra thin line half pad under every saddle I ride in – have done for 10 years. Using them reduced the back sensitivity of my Hanoverian and means I hardly ever have to give him a back massage anymore. Before I used thin line pads, his back was always sensitive. He’s 26 now, can still do piaffe passage and one-tempis and has excellent top line muscling

  6. Julia Harkola (verified owner)

    I bought the Thinline+ pad for my horse. I thought it might help to distribute the load of the saddle more comfortably across her back. I was delighted to discover that it significantly improved my ride! The pad provides a better connection so I can improve my seat and leg aids. This helps my horse to be more relaxed and me to feel more confident. Bravo, Thinline!

  7. Sandiela (verified owner)

    Love it!!!! Best pad ever that you could buy for your horse and yourself. I bought the ThinLine+ 1/4 and I noticed such a difference. This pad is amazing

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    Can you trim these into three pieces like a normal shim and use with a sheepskin halfpad that does not have shim pockets?
  1. Q Can you trim these into three pieces like a normal shim and use with a sheepskin halfpad that doe...... Read more answer now
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    These are made of the same Open cell ThinLine foam, so essentially yes, but our shims come with pre cut holes as guide lines to cut and cost less than a basic pad. If you already own the basic pad, there is no reason why it wouldn't work the same. 

  2. Are you guys no longer making the Thinline+ Contour pad? It only gives me the option to buy regular ThinLine, and I’d like the plus.
  3. Q Are you guys no longer making the Thinline+ Contour pad? It only gives me the option to buy regul...... Read more answer now
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    https://thinlineglobal.com/shop/thinline-plus-ultra-thinline-saddle-pads/english-basic-saddle-pads

     We do! 

  4. How should I store my contour pad? Not that I don’t like it. Just switched to a wool version. Thanks.
  5. Q How should I store my contour pad? Not that I don’t like it. Just switched to a wool version. Tha...... Read more answer now
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    Thank you for your question! The Basic pads can be stored flat or rolled lengthwise (like a yoga mat) for the best results. Creases can occur if folded for storage.

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    Thank you for your question! The Basic pads can be stored flat or rolled lengthwise (like a yoga mat) for the best results. Creases can occur if folded for storage.

  6. What could cause the pad to break down, my ripped under the saddle and has been cared for. Its less than a year old, nervous to have to buy every few months but really helps my horse, what would cause a tear?
  7. Q What could cause the pad to break down, my ripped under the saddle and has been cared for. Its le...... Read more
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  8. I have a thin line half pad that I used several years ago and I have forgotten which side goes up against the saddle.
  9. Q I have a thin line half pad that I used several years ago and I have forgotten which side goes up...... Read more answer now
    A Thank you for your question! The pad should be placed under your saddle with the logo facing up.
  10. I have the Thinline+ Contour pad, which I used on top of my English saddle pad. My saddle pad is contoured to follow the withers, but my pad is not. I am sure I read somewhere to not pull the pad up into the gullet of the saddle, so I tried to just make sure the pad followed the contour of my cotton pad. I had a bit of a problem getting it to stay in place. Any suggestions? I am just about ready to put the Thinline pad on my horse first, lol. FYI, it's a Fjord.
  11. Q I have the Thinline+ Contour pad, which I used on top of my English saddle pad. My saddle pad is ...... Read more answer now
    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. https://www.thinlineglobal.com/shop/english-saddle-pads/ultra-thinline-trifecta-cotton-half-pad
  12. I have the Thinline+ Contour pad, which I used on top of my English saddle pad. My saddle pad is contoured to follow the withers, but my pad is not. I am sure I read somewhere to not pull the pad up into the gullet of the saddle, so I tried to just make sure the pad followed the contour of my cotton pad. I had a bit of a problem getting it to stay in place. Any suggestions? I am just about ready to put the Thinline pad on my horse first, lol. FYI, it's a Fjord.
  13. Q I have the Thinline+ Contour pad, which I used on top of my English saddle pad. My saddle pad is ...... Read more
    There are no answers for this question yet. Answer now
  14. which one would be best for endurance
  15. Q which one would be best for endurance answer now
    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.
  16. Is it possible to shim the basic pads?
  17. Q Is it possible to shim the basic pads? answer now
    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.
  18. Is there any availability of the ThinLinePlus half pad in white, rather than black?
  19. Q Is there any availability of the ThinLinePlus half pad in white, rather than black? answer now
    A Thanks for your question! The ThinLinePlus Basic half pad is only available in black.

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