What is a correction saddle pad?

What is a correction saddle pad?

The BioFit Correction Saddle Pad is specifically designed to support the front of the saddle from collapsing in the area behind the shoulder as a result of muscle loss, poor saddle fit or conformation. The saddle pad is cut out over the withers for greater gullet clearance and spine relief.

Does every horse need a half pad?

Nowadays, there is a mind-boggling array of padding options for tack, and more and more riders seem to be plumping for half pads under their saddles. But is it always necessary? “Ordinarily, a well-fitting saddle does not need a pad,” says Freedom Saddlery’s Steph Bradley.

What happens if you ride a horse without a saddle pad?

The saddle pad or blanket provides a bit of extra cushioning between the saddle and the horse and helps the saddle stay clean. Without a pad or blanket, a saddle will sit directly on the horse, where it will absorb sweat and pick up dirt from the horse’s back. No pad is a substitute for a properly fitted saddle.

How can I make my saddle fit better?

If a saddle is sitting low in the front, causing it to rock or bounce behind, siding in shims in the front on either side will solve the problem. If a saddle is putting you in a chair seat or tipping back onto the horse’s lumbar, sliding in shims in the rear on either side will help get the saddle leveled out.

What is the purpose of a half pad horse?

Correction half pads primary purposes are to aid in saddle fitting. They are equipped with special pockets on the top section of the pad to allow the addition of “shims” to the pad. Shims are additional inserts that make the half pad thicker to fill in gaps between the saddle and the horses back.

What are half saddle pads used for?

Half pads for fit Some half pads allow you to correct the fit of your saddle in innovative ways. There are some that come with shims to slide into pockets in the front and back to alter the fit, while others can be inflated according to your saddle fitting needs.

Do horses need a saddle pad?

To protect your horse and saddle, a properly fitted saddle pad is imperative. More than a matter of comfort, a proper saddle pad protects your horse’s back and also helps preserve your saddle.

Do you need a saddle pad?

A saddle pad protects your horse’s back from friction that could be caused by a saddle rubbing directly on your horse’s hair and skin. It also helps to protect the saddle by absorbing some of your horse’s sweat. If your saddle fits well, you’ll require only a simple saddle pad.

How do I make a too wide saddle fit?

When a saddle is just a bit too wide all over, using a thick saddle pad can improve the fit. A thicker pad will help to fill in the space between your horse’s back and the saddle, resulting in a snugger, and usually more even fit.

What to do if your saddle doesn’t fit your horse?

“If the saddle doesn’t fit the horse properly at the withers and the shoulders, every time the shoulder comes back, it will hitch against the tree point and push the saddle forward.” Solution: The saddle needs to be properly adjusted at the gullet plate (if possible); otherwise, a different saddle would be the answer.