We frequently receive questions regarding which ThinLine pad is the best. Every ThinLine Pad comes with this amazing material. You simply choose the style of pad you like and the size to fit your saddle. The textile the ThinLine is sewn onto differs to accommodate lifestyle and saddle shape. Every single ThinLine product offers the same performance and protection.
What Does Thinline do?
For the horse, the way this product absorbs shock and reduces pressure points is what makes your horse happy and free in the back. The ThinLine also ventilates, across the pad and in addition to its’ 95% shock absorbency is also non slip. Most important, to your horse, is how this pads creates stability, generating confidence and freedom of movement.
For the rider, this pad’s slim design puts you in closer contact with your horse, so your leg can easily drape giving you a seamless feel of his sides. You’ll notice his back moving more, but with the extraordinary shock absorption of ThinLine you will be moving in unison with your mount. The ThinLine layer sewn onto the pad has a 95% shock absorption rate that spreads impact LATERALLY along the pad. This means that the motion you feel under you as you ride is absorbed by the ThinLine and transferred ACROSS the pad instead of UP into your spine. And this same shock absorption benefit is being enjoyed by your horse as well.
ThinLine: Is sewn onto all of our saddle pads. ThinLine is the only product endorsed by Spinal surgeons for rider back protection. In addition to absorbing shock, it also reduces spine movement. It is profoundly effective. When riders are able to sit quietly the communication with their equines is greatly improved. This is part of why both horses and riders love it so much.
Beginning as a liquid, open cells are poured then polarized so each cell lies end-to-end. Another layer is poured then polarized in a new direction. This process is repeated hundreds of times in order to create a honeycomb matrix formation that allows impact and heat to move laterally. The end result is that impact moves ACROSS the ThinLine pad, which produces a completely different ride your horse will love. Riders will also love how the open-cell technology transfers recoil off the horse’s back laterally rather than directly up into the base of the rider’s spine.
The nonslip, breathable shims, also made of this exclusive protection foam, can create a perfect saddle fit.
Integrity and softness allow ThinLine to flex and stretch over high withers, around bones, splints, girths or saddle pressure points without bottoming out (like memory foam, or moving, like gel).
Body temperature warms the ThinLine material allowing it to conform to the horse to support tendons and muscles, and relieve pressure and impact. When returned to room temperature, 75° F, it rebounds to its original shape. The life span of this product is typically 7-9 years.
ThinLine or ThinLinePlus+?
ThinLine (formerly called Ultra ThinLine) is the thinnest option designed to protect horse and rider backs by eliciting a soft, quiet, elastic connection. ThinLine reduces the extraneous ‘background noise’ of your movement, which allows your horse to balance and focus better, and makes your seat aides clearer and more effective. It is so thin it will not alter custom saddle fit and it can clear up small saddle fit issues all on its own.
ThinLinePlus+ is a thicker option that offers a higher level of protection. It’s best suited for horses with sore backs and those exposed to frequent and sudden impacts, jumpers or cutting horses to name a few. It’s also a great choice for beginner riders and young horses in training. ThinLine (formerly called Ultra) is the product sewn onto pads, but it is also sold on its own as a basic pad (just the foam)
ThinLinePlus+ (available in black only) is available two ways, in a Basic Pad OR you may add ThinLinePlus+ full shims to any shimmable ThinLine pad. This gives you the flexibility to switch back and forth between a ThinLine or a ThinLinePlus+ ride.
Both products will drastically improve the health of a rider’s spine and the comfort and confidence of the horse.
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