The pressure relief pad works as the name implies, it relieves excessive pressure. When you notice an unequal sweat pattern on the back of your horse after a energetic ride, you are seeing an area where the saddle is setting heavier in one area, and not equally distributing your weight over the animal's back. Many an old timer would cut a hole in his perfectly good felt pad, so as to carry the weight around the cut out, instead of a hole you can pull the shim and save the pad. The area where the stirrup leather wraps the tree is the most common culprit of this problem, to relieve the pressure, pull the shim in the second pocket and carry the weight around the dry spot or excessive pressure. Be sure your saddle is not too far forward on the horse's back. Too tight of a cinch will exaggerate the problem. Another use for this pocket pad is a saddle that needs to be lifted higher over the horse's wither. A saddle sitting on the back bone can cause some serious problems. Lift the saddle by shimming only the very first pocket and pulling the other three shims. The middle shim is a double pad. Do this on both sides of the pad. The middle double shim can help lift the saddle when a horse's back has more rock than the bars of the saddle. For instance, for the old gray mare that ain't what she used to be, has a sway to her back and the saddle sits heavy in the front, think of relieving the pressure by lifting the tree off of the point of excessive pressure by shimming the center of the tree. If you could see the tree only on the animal's back, you would see daylight in the center of the bars causing a bridging effect between the front and back of the bars. The Pressure Relief Pad can also help relieve the pressure caused by a saddle tree that is too narrow for a wide backed horse by pulling only the very first set of shims and carrying the weight on the back three pads so the pressure from too narrow a bar spread can be relieved. By shimming the front and very back pads the flatness of a mules back can be compensated and a saddle with too much rock can be helped. When the bar angle is too wide for a narrower withered horse, a shim that is tapered from top to bottom will fill the void caused by the excessive angle. The indication of this problem is a wear area or a dry spot up higher towards the back bone and back from the wither, where the stirrup leather wraps the tree. These are the most common problems we run into on the horses we see and the pad has been very effective in making a change in the distribution of body weight on the animals back.
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Not all saddles fit all horses, but they can be made to fit them better. The pressure relief pad is a tool to help riders use their saddles on a larger variety of horses. If you are having a problem with the way your saddle is setting on your horse we make a pad that helps you to remedy some of the more common problems.
Pressure Relief Pad $85.00