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Basic ThinLine Western Pads

5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
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Basic Western Horse Saddle Pads are Pure ThinLine foam. Designed to be used over your daily pad and under the saddle.


  •  Ultimate protection for both horse and rider’s backs.
  •  Non-slip properties.
  •  Perfect for custom and well-fitting saddles.
  •  It provides maximum shock absorption without altering saddle fit or rider feel.
  •  Improves rider equitation.
  •  Open-cell technology creates 100% breathability.
  •  Product durability – this foam saddle pad can last 7-10 years.
  •  Molds for a custom fit when warmed to body temperature.

ThinLine 3/16″ (the thinnest) is designed for skilled riders or riders with sore backs.

ThinLine+Plus 1/4″ – is designed for beginning riders, horses in high impact situations, or horses with sore backs.

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

$ Price and Longevity
– The ThinLine foam will last for up to 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 pads require no care or washing.
Saddle Fit – For use with well-fitting saddles when you would like to offer your horse the best in comfort and protection.

ThinLine+Plus or  ThinLine ?

ThinLine+Plus is thicker at a 1/4 inch thick. More protection is provided for the horse’s back, especially for those who do not ride with a whisper seat; trail riding, stock horses, barrel racing would be good examples. ThinLine+Plus is number one for the care of the horses back. If you have frequent, sudden impact you should select ThinLine+Plus. Also great for beginner riders and young horses in training. ThinLine is the best choice as a therapeutic foam saddle pad for horses.   All shimmable Western horse saddle pads come with  ThinLine sewn on the top. But, you can create the ThinLine+Plus thickness simply by adding a  Shim.

 ThinLine is the thinnest at 3/16 inch thick. Designed to protect both horse and rider’s backs by eliciting 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+Plus. If you are a close contact rider, you will greatly appreciate ThinLine. This product greatly reduces rider movement, so that horses can balance and focus. It does not amplify the seat, it reduces “background noise” so the rider’s seat aids are clear.

Endorsed By Dr. Warson
Endorsed By Dr. Warson

Riding over a lifetime can take its toll on a rider’s spine. ThinLine can drastically improve the health of the rider’s spine over time.  Riders who choose  ThinLine are Chiropractor Endorsedspending many hours in full contact with their seats and they need a shock-absorbent Western saddle pad to keep their backs healthy. Horse’s backs also benefit from quieter riders. It allows them to hear your aids better.

ThinLine is the only Western saddle pad endorsed by Spinal Surgeons *See “The Riders Pain-Free Back” by Dr. James Warson.  

ThinLine+Plus is endorsed by Veterinarians, even for severe back problems such as kissing spine. It is the choice of Equine Chiropractors and Massage Therapists.

Western ThinLine Basic Saddle Pad



30″x 30″

32″ x 30″

Basic Pad Care Instructions

Care Instructions: These pads don’t require washing. You can hose them off or simply use a baby wipe.  Basic ThinLinePlus and Ultra ThinLine Pads last a decade or more.

2 reviews for Basic ThinLine Western Pads

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Received the pad. This pad is magic. First ride it changed everything for me and my horse. I am 72 and had been a professional in my youth but due to a Tbi I had lost a lot of balance and rode rather hard. First time with this pad my horse returned to the professional level, my balance straightened up and I can ride again. Thank you!

    Thank you for your business and we look forward to serving you in the future!

    ThinLine Global
    Phone: 919-680-6803

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I now own 3 Thinline basic pads and two western correction pads and I’ll never be without one again. I’m also in the process of converting two other riders to using them. I’m a larger rider and I ride on a very fast-paced, hard riding equestrian drill team. I’m always extremely concerned about my horses’ comfort and their backs. Since I’ve been using the Thinline, none of my horses show any tenderness, even when you run your fingers down either side of the spine. I have every body type from narrow back with high withers to round with almost no withers. It works for them all.

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Questions and answers of the customers

  1. A Thank you for your question! The ThinLine Basic pads are a single piece of ThinLine Performance material and are not shimmable. The length on the Barrel Basic pad is 28". All ThinLine pads, other than the Basics, are shimmable.
  2. A Thank you for your question! The Basic pads are designed to be used over another pad and if the sizing works out, the western Basic could be used over an English pad. We also recommend having a look at our Western Cotton Liner. It's a great pad with a quilted cotton base, similar to english pads with ThinLine panels sewn in along the topline. It's essentially what you're looking for, but is an all-in-one unit sized to fit western saddles.
  3. A Thank you for your question! The Basic Round Skirt pad has a total measurement of 24" across the seat and a drop of 12" from the spine down.
  4. A Thanks for your question! We recommend using the Basic ThinLine pads over another pad. They can be used on their own, but it could decrease the lifespan of your pad by exposing it to more direct wear, sweat, fly spray, Show Sheen, etc.