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Master Saddlers and ThinLine developed a shimming system designed to create custom saddle fit while also providing shock absorbing therapeutic benefits. ThinLine English cotton saddle pad shims are made from the same trademark foam found on ThinLine pads. In addition, shims are easily inserted or removed and stay in place during riding and washing.
Front Shims provide lift in the wither area and can be used to fill in behind shoulders.
Bridging Shims are used to support hollow or sway backs. ThinLine foam encourages horses to lift their back thus developing better muscle tone over their toplines.
Rear Shims are designed to lift the cantle of the saddle chiefly to create balance.
Saddle Fitter Kits featuring 1 set of front 1/4" shims and 2 sets of 3/16" rear shims.
The full Booster Shim fills the entire ThinLine panel. Booster shims allow you to create ThinLine+ (1/4") thickness for ulitmate protection.
Saddle Fit and Asymmetry (Crookedness)
Saddle trees are symmetrical, frequently horses are not. Shimming is generally the best solution for asymmetrical horses. ThinLine shimmable pads provide therapeutic protection. When working with asymmetry, leave the full side un-shimmed. On the hollow side, turn one shim upside down and insert the pair (both shims) into one pocket. As a rule, once horses begin working in ThinLine, they feel comfortable enough to stretch into the hollow places and will become straighter. Keep an eye on your saddle fit and slowly remove one shim at a time.
Saddle Fit and the hollow or sway back
Bridging shims are a simple way to create the missing contact. Swayback or not, you may find bridging shims to be the easy solution.
Horses will often develop better topline in ThinLine
Horses grow and change throughout their lifetime. For this reason, we made our English cotton saddle pad shims easy to remove. Keep riding the great benefits of your ThinLine Pad.
Incidentally, ThinLine Plus+ shims (1/4") are available in black only. ThinLine (3/16") shims may arrive in black, brown or white. If you have a set of horse shims with texture on top it is ThinLine 3/16", if there is no texture on one side it is a ThinLine+ (1/4"- the thickest) saddle fitting shim.