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Basic ThinLine Western Pads

5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


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Basic Western Horse Saddle Pads are Pure ThinLine foam. Designed to be used over your daily pad and under the saddle.


  •  Ultimate protection for both horse and rider’s backs
  •  Non-slip
  •  Perfect for custom and well fitting saddles
  •  Provides maximum shock absorption without altering saddle fit or rider feel
  •  Improves rider equitation
  •  Open cell technology creates 100% breathability
  •  Product durability – this foam saddle pad will last 7-10 years
  •  Textured and supple, it molds for a custom fit when warmed to body temperature

Ultra ThinLine 3/16″ (the thinnest) is designed for skilled riders or riders with sore backs.

ThinLinePlus 1/4″ – is designed for beginning riders, horses in high impact situations, or horses with sore backs.

Why should you purchase a Basic ThinLine pad instead of a shimmable ThinLine Pad?

$ Price and Longevity
– The ThinLine foam will remain functional for 7-10 years, depending on use. Basic pads will cost you less than $1.00 per month.
Versatility– Basic pads may be placed over any other saddle pad and may be used on multiple horses.
Maintenance– Basic pads require no care or washing.
Saddle Fit – If you have a well fitting saddle and do not need any adjustments but would like to offer your horse the best in comfort and protection.


western sore back pad

ThinLinePlus or Ultra Thinline: How to decide?

ThinLinePlus is thicker. More protection is provided for the horse’s back, especially for those who do not ride with a whisper seat; trail riding, stock horses, barrel racing would be good examples. ThinLinePlus is number one for the care of the horses back. If you have frequent, sudden impact you should select ThinLinePlus. Also great for beginner riders and young horses in training. ThinLine is the best choice as a therapeutic foam saddle pad for horses.   All shimmable Western horse saddle pads come with Ultra ThinLine sewn on the top. But, you can create the ThinLine Plus thickness simply by adding a Booster Shim.

Ultra ThinLine is the thinnest. Designed to protect both horse and rider’s backs by eliciting a soft, quiet, elastic connection. If your riding is not in a place where you can focus on nuances, you should likely start in a ThinLinePlus. If you are a close contact rider, you will greatly appreciate Ultra ThinLine. This product greatly reduces rider movement, so that horses can balance and focus. It does not amplify the seat, it reduces “background noise” so the rider’s seat aids are clear.

Endorsed By Dr. Warson
Endorsed By Dr. Warson

Riding over a lifetime can take its toll on a riders spine.  Ultra ThinLine can drastically improve the health of the rider’s spine over time.  Riders who choose Ultra ThinLine are Chiropractor Endorsedspending many hours in full contact with their seats and they need a shock absorber to stay healthy. Horses backs also benefit from quieter riders.

Ultra ThinLine is the only saddle pad endorsed by Spinal Surgeons *See “The Riders Pain-Free Back” by Dr. James Warson.  

ThinLinePlus is endorsed by Veterinarians, even for severe back problems such as kissing spine. It is the choice of Equine Chiropractors and Massage Therapists.

Western ThinLine Basic Saddle Pad


30″x 30″

32″ x 30″

Rounded Skirt- 26″ spine length, 14.25″ front drop, and 12″rear drop

Some ThinLinePlus or Ultra ThinLine pads may come with a crease where the pad has been folded to be packaged and shipped. These creases will disappear when warmed to body temperature (1-2 rides)

Basic Pad Care Instructions

Care Instructions: These pads don’t require washing. You can hose them off or simply use a baby wipe.  Basic ThinLinePlus and Ultra ThinLine Pads last a decade or more.

2 reviews for Basic ThinLine Western Pads

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Received the pad. This pad is magic. First ride it changed everything for me and my horse. I am 72 and had been a professional in my youth but due to a Tbi I had lost a lot of balance and rode rather hard. First time with this pad my horse returned to the professional level, my balance straightened up and I can ride again. Thank you!

    Thank you for your business and we look forward to serving you in the future!

    ThinLine Global
    Phone: 919-680-6803

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I now own 3 Thinline basic pads and two western correction pads and I’ll never be without one again. I’m also in the process of converting two other riders to using them. I’m a larger rider and I ride on a very fast-paced, hard riding equestrian drill team. I’m always extremely concerned about my horses’ comfort and their backs. Since I’ve been using the Thinline, none of my horses show any tenderness, even when you run your fingers down either side of the spine. I have every body type from narrow back with high withers to round with almost no withers. It works for them all.

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Questions and answers of the customers

  1. A Thank you for your question! The Basic Round Skirt pad has a total measurement of 24" across the seat and a drop of 12" from the spine down.
  2. A Thanks for your question! We recommend using the Basic ThinLine pads over another pad. They can be used on their own, but it could decrease the lifespan of your pad by exposing it to more direct wear, sweat, fly spray, Show Sheen, etc.