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Western Cotton Liner Pad

4.83 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings
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ThinLine Saddle pads create a more comfortable and closer connection with your horse by reducing rider movement and protecting horses’ backs in a super thin pad.


What is ThinLine?

ThinLine is a thin, shock absorbing non slip breathable foam.

Where is the ThinLine?

It is sewn onto the panel of our saddle pads. Here you can see the ThinLine foam on top of a western cotton liner pad. Available in two square sizes and a rounded skirt version.


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ThinLine is endorsed by back surgeons, master saddlers & veterinarians.

Saddle Fitting with the Western Cotton Liner Pad.

Full saddle fitting shims are available when you select your pad size.  These may be used as-is to double your protection or trimmed into pairs of front, bridging, and rear shims to customize your saddle fit.

Not all riders need shims for their pad. Many minor saddle fit issues will be solved with just the ThinLine pad alone.  If you are trying to solve issues such as bridging, filling in behind high withers or balancing the saddle, to name just a few, ThinLine shims will fix those issues while also providing additional protection.  The Cotton Western Liner is one of our thinnest pads.



How do I know ThinLine is delivering the comfort and protection my horse needs?

Once you receive your ThinLine pad, ride in it for at least a week.  At first, you may simply notice things like; “my horse was great today, my seat and aids were soft and effective”, great job! you are on your way.  You will see daily improvement. But, this can be a bit subtle in the beginning.  How to check out your pad’s effectiveness.  After at least a week of riding daily, begin your warm-up with the ThinLine.  Once you are warmed up, remove the ThinLine and ride.  This is when you will see just how much your horse is loving their saddle pad liner.

Money Back Guarantee:  

We are riders making products for riders. We understand how important the time we have with our horses is. We want every ride to be the best ride. If you feel ThinLine is not delivering what you need all products may be returned for a full refund within 30 days. Of course, we would prefer you give us a call and tell us what is and is not working for you. Around the world, this product has helped both riders and horses work happier together. We hope our 30-day satisfaction guarantee will help you have the confidence to try this amazing material.


“The manner in which ThinLine 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.


Western Cotton Liner Pad


Size Chart

Round Skirt 24.75″ spine length | 15″ drop round skirt | 8.25 inches of Ultra ThinLine drop.

great for barrel, endurance, and Australian saddles

Medium  28″ spine length |   12″ drop, 9 inches of Ultra ThinLine drop.

Large  30.75″ spine length | 15″ drop | 8.75 inches of Ultra ThinLine drop

Cotton Saddle Pad Care Instructions

Machine wash cold in front loading washer. Turn the ThinLine to the inside. Spin to remove excess water. Hang to dry naturally with no heat source, including sun. Using a fan speeds the drying process. If you have a white pad, you may use bleach products such as soft scrub on the ThinLine material as well as using a little bleach in the wash cycle. All pads come with a one-year full replacement warranty when following our care instructions. When care instructions are followed, our cotton pads are proving to have an expected longevity of 7-8 years.

12 reviews for Western Cotton Liner Pad

    5 out of 5


    Perfect fit. Always in the right place. Happy horse. Washes and washes and washes. Best pad out there

    5 out of 5


    I have the Cordura Fleece Western Pad. It fits well. My horse’s movement in his back is looser and freer. I highly recommend it.

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    “I’m very happy to report that after a week of riding 10+ to 20+ miles a day the ThinLine pad kept our horses very happy. I was very nervous about making this purchase at first but I’ve have had the original pad for a long long time and know they work. I have a very mutton withered mare and she had no sore places this week! Thanks, The Smiths.” – Amanda Maschmeyer Smith.

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Julie O’Brien decided to give the ThinLine Western Cotton Liner Pad a try and was very glad she did. Julie’s AQHA mare, Tangaray not only shaved a second off her time but Julie also took home a nice paycheck. Julie credits the ThinLine pad with helping her mare.

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Amber Everson: My horse seems to love the one I bought. It has a nice grip to it and seems to cushion well.

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Julie O’Brien: Got one for Christmas. I can feel my horse move! Will be running barrels tomorrow in it.

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Lisa Haaparanta I have been using mine for the last few weeks on my 5 yr old mare. I absolutely LOVE it!!! She’s sensitive but is so comfortable with the pad that training is progressing quite smoothly. I’ve used it on my 10yr old AQHA mare who is arthritic through her shoulders and she is so free in the shoulders when I use it she may just be able to head back to the show pen again!! Will definitely be buying another!!

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I was sold on purchasing a Thinline pad thanks to YouTube video reviews regarding their impact protection for both horse and rider. I emailed Thinline for advice because I wasn’t sure which design would be best for my mule’s needs. Their employee Lisa Beam was both friendly and helpful. I ended up selecting this pad based on her recommendation and am extremely pleased with this design. It’s easy to care for, helps with my saddle fit, and supports my mule’s back while allowing for close contact. Very nice to feel more close, considering my previous, thicker pad was supportive but had less feel. Will be a repeat customer for sure!

    5 out of 5


    I’m a Western Dressage rider and needed a thin pad that would allow me close contact with my horses but protect their backs as well. I ride in a customized Western Dressage saddle with a drop rigging. Thin Line made me the medium Western Cotton modified with drop rigging leathers. The change in my horses way of moving has been amazing. Their scores have increased and the older 16 yr old QH mare finished 2016 as a High Point Champion for GA. Both horses finished in the top 50 Nationally.

    3 out of 5


    I’m interested in the round barrel pad, but I’m not sure on what shims to order with it, and do they coast extra for each shim?



      Hi Cynthia, The shims are sold separately. You will need to know the item number (sku) for which pad you are wanting. It will be listed on the website. Then you would find that number in the western shim pad option (see this link You then pick the type and thickness. Lastly, the size. All the barrel pads are small. Hope that helps. If you have any difficulties, please do not hesitate to call the ThinLine office for assistance.

    5 out of 5


    I now own 2 Thinline pads, the latest being the Western Cotton Liner and my super sensitive mare LOVES these pads. They make such a difference in her freedom of movement and the breathability of this pad is the best I’ve found…where other pad materials tend to hold the heat in, the Thinline is so breathable it just doesn’t heat up. Wish there was a Canadian distributor for the western pads as I’d like another one!

    5 out of 5


    Do you make a pad for Australian saddles?



      Thanks for your question Leslie! Please check out our endurance and drop rigging pads. These cross over pads are great for a number of different saddle styles, including Australian saddles. We recommend checking the measurements to be sure it is the right fit for your particular saddle.

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Questions and answers of the customers

  1. A Thank you for your question and apologies for any confusion! After measuring the pad again to confirm, the drop at the front of the pad measures 14" due to the built-in rise at the wither and the drop in the center of the pad measures 12". Hope that helps! Please give us a call if you have any other questions! 888-401-9101
  2. A Thank you for your question! At this time, the longest pad we make is 32". How long is your saddle, including the skirts?
  3. A Thank you for your question! To determine the best size pad for your saddle, we recommend measuring your saddle front to back, including the skirts, as well as the drop. Once you have those measurements, you can compare them to the pad measurements in the sizing tab. Feel free to call with any questions! 888-401-9101
  4. A Thank you for your question! The large Western Cotton Liner pad is 30.75" long and has a 15" drop. The medium is 28" long and has a 12" drop.
  5. A Thanks for your question! Our saddle pads and tack are available at tack stores across the country, through many online retailers, and on our website as well. As for Stateline Tack, well, they just haven't picked up our line yet. If you prefer to purchase from them, feel free to give them a call and request that they start carrying ThinLine!
  6. A Thanks for your question! This pad is durable enough to use on its own and is also thin enough to use as a liner under a show pad. If using on its own, the Ultra ThinLine panels and the high quality, quilted cotton will provide all of the protection your horse needs while still giving you a close feel.
  7. A Thanks for your question! This is a low profile pad that measures about 1/4" thick overall. Ultra ThinLine (3/16") is added to the upper part of the pad where your saddle sits, making that area 7/16".