What are shims on a half pad?

What are shims used for on horses?

Shims are often used to alleviate discomfort and help correct saddle fit issues associated with horses that may have underdeveloped musculature due to inexperience, weight loss, muscle atrophy, or injury.

How do I know if my saddle is bridging?

A big “tell” is dry spots over the withers and on the lumbar area after a ride. Another thing you can do is feel under the center of the saddle once it is fully girthed. If there’s much more contact under the front and back of the saddle compared to the center, you probably have bridging.

What is a horseshoe Shim?

Horseshoe Shims are made from solid polypropylene which gives them an extremely high compression strength. Suitable for window and door leveling and shimming, floor joist, wall and insulation board shimming, cabinet and joint shimming. Composite shims will not rust, leach, or stain other materials.

How do you know if you need a half pad?

If you have a saddle that fits extremely poorly (either way too big or way too small), there’s not much a half pad can do; but if a saddle is only slightly too wide for your horse, then a half pad can remedy that.

Are half pads good for horses?

The benefits of a half pad are not only for the horse but also for the rider. It absorbs shocks from jumping to doing piaffe, this makes half pads suitable for every discipline and every rider. The shock-absorbing function will also relieve the spine of the rider and has many other ergonomic benefits.

How do you measure a half pad?

How To Measure for Proper Saddle Pad Fit – YouTube

How do you make a saddle Shim?

Tech Tip– How to Raise or Shim a Guitar Saddle – YouTube

How do I stop my saddle slipping to one side?

Make sure you have sensible tension on your girth, a saddle slipping sideways is often caused by having the girth too loose, many horses expand the chest when the girth is first tightened, once mounted circle a couple of times then re-tighten the girth.

Why does my saddle twist?

Often saddles twist from right to left. Therefore, the right side of the cantle is higher than the left as seen in the photo of the Monarch saddle above. This can be due to riders grabbing the cantle when they mount, and pulling it over. Over a period of time this can cause the saddle to twist.


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