Cushion Quilt, Saddle-Shaped Pad to go directly against the horse's back.
Pro-Complete Base Pad in ½ inch thickness
Pro-Complete Large ¼ inch JB Pad.
Pro-Complete standard ¼ inch JB Pad.
BALANCE Discounted Combination Pad Set 3
Please note that the picture shows the combination of 4 pads in different colours to make their shapes more obvious. If you order this pad set, they will all be supplied in the one colour that you have chosen. Do not assume that you should use all of the pads in the set at the same time! Instead, the different shapes and thickness need to be put together in a way that works for the horse in its current shape to allow the saddle to be stable, balanced and well supported away from the bony structures in the spine.
This is a very good set of pads for anyone who is helping their horse to recover from significant muscle loss in the saddle area, as long as they have access to a make of saddle that has good design features and is wide enough to use the extra layers of padding without unbalancing it.
In other words, the saddle must not fit the horse conventionally. It needs to be wider than the horse's current, static shape and have a tendency to tip down at the front when pressure is applied to the pommel area. However, it must not be so wide that it touches the withers before you put the pads in place.
The Extra Thick Wool Fleece Saddle Shaped Pad provides comfort and some cushioning for the horse along the whole length of the saddle, then the inclusion of the Pro-Complete ½" Base Pad in this set, provides a 1/4" of lift under the front of the saddle, plus the protection of a full 1/2 inch of gel-foam all along the length of the saddle panels.
Horses who have a lot of muscle wastage along the back from previously fitted, tight saddles and/or from because of ill health seem to need the generous, thickness and protection of the 1/2" Pro-Complete Gel-Foam under the saddle because it temporarily replaces the lost/missing muscle while providing the opportunity for the muscle to recover.
Base Pads are also very much appreciated by horses when the panels in their saddles are firmer than they should be to allow muscles to move and blood flow to be good!
If the horse recovers well and reaches a point where the 1/2" base pad looks to be too thick, it is unwise to expect the horse to go from the feel of the 1/2" Base Pad to no Base Pad. Instead we would recommend investing in the thinner, 1/4" Base Pad and using that instead for a while.
The two JB pads included in all of the Combination Pad sets, create adjustability and allow for the time when the horse is recovered and strong enough to remove the Base Pad. However, it is important to remember that some horses always seem to want/prefer the feel of the Base Pad even when their backs look strong enough to do without. This is down to the individual horse.
Please note that this Combination Pad Set 3, is the maximum amount of padding that we would advocate using under a saddle. If your horse is going through a Remedial Saddling process it is safer and quicker, in terms of recovery time, to adjust the kind of work the horse is doing, to something less demanding and more therapeutic.
It is definitely not a good idea to undertake this kind of recovery programme in the middle of a competition season! If you are a competition rider, consider setting aside a period of time to help the horse and then return to competitions once the horse has recovered enough to need less padding under its saddle than contained in this Pad Combination 3.
This is particularly relevant with jumping horses who seem to like the unrestricted feel of having lots of room under their saddle for plenty of padding, but do not like to feel any instability in the saddle when they land from a fence. Remember the more padding you are using, the greater the potential for comfort, but also the greater the potential for the horse to feel instability in the saddle unless the rider is very skilled, balanced and co-ordinated.
TREE-LESS SADDLE SUPPORT.
The Combination Pad Set 3 also seems to be very popular and helpful for riders who are attracted to the idea of using treeless saddles.
The Pro-Complete Pads make a big difference to the level of comfort experienced in the horses ridden in tree-less saddles and bare-back pads, where the lack of structure can make them feel a bit 'dead' and too firm against the back of the shoulders for the horse to confidently stride out.
Without the structures of the tree to distribute weight and pressure, the horse also will feel pressure under the stirrup bar (when the rider has their weight in the stirrups e.g. posting trot, forward seat riding or if the rider has their leg permanently braced against the stirrup) and under the attachments of girth straps/billets to the saddle. This pad combination gives the horse more cushioning and protection, where there is most pressure.
Being able to move in a powerful, balanced and engaged way, without restriction or discomfort, is every horse’s birth-right and essential in order for him to be able to carry the unnatural weight of a rider, without doing harm to himself.