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It's less expensive than you think...

‘One thing to improve your horse’s saddle fit right now’, without taking out a second mortgage is a fairly common request.

Fortunately, you can enhance how your saddle fits your horse with some help!
If you simply can’t fit the saddle of your dreams into your budget at the moment, you have to ‘make do’ with what you have! We’ve all been there.

If there is no new saddle on the horizon, there IS one thing you CAN DO to IMPROVE the fit comfort of the saddle you currently own!

How to put shims in Airpad

Instead of a big cash outlay, it only requires a very small investment plus a little time and new understanding…costs way less and works amazingly well as a temporary solution.

Simply by using tools we’ve created here at NHS (Natural Horseman Saddles), you can manipulate ill-fitting saddles to offer more comfort and freedom for your horse. ANY relief from painful saddle pressure will improve performance and help your horse be happier.

We all know unhappy horses result in unhappy experiences for us, too.

The ONE THING TO IMPROVE YOUR SADDLE FIT RIGHT NOW is to use a set of NHS (Natural Horseman Saddles) TAPERED FOAM SHIMS.

Shim System

Yes. A set of shims! They’re different from other shims you’ll find out there.
More effective due to their particular shape, density/texture, power/resiliency and methodology of use.
Could it be so easy? It can be!
Used alone, or in concert with our tailored saddle pads, a set of these shims could create a completely different fitting saddle and a significantly more pleasant experience for your horse and yourself. Intrigued? Read on!

Our collection of TAPERED FOAM SHIMS with our FREE ‘simple-solution’ coaching, will give you an inexpensive alternative to replacing your entire saddle. To improve your saddle fit without breaking the bank!
To take your improvements to the NEXT LEVEL, choose from our therapeutic saddle pad collection of AIRPADS and SMARTPADS.

And… if you decide to upgrade down the road to one of our saddles, you’ll already be armed with important components of our unique SMARTFLX saddle system! Let’s call that a head start.

Here's the secret sauce to saddle fit.

For those new to the concept and philosophy of NHS (Natural Horseman Saddles)

Smartflx Saddle Fit System

Our Revolutionary SMARTFLX Saddle System starts with handcrafted English and Western saddles featuring our exclusive SMARTFLX foundation.

Teamed with either our AIRPAD or SMARTPAD saddle pads which house our conforming and versatile foam shims, this equipment works in harmony to create a tailored riding solution capable of changing with your horse. Built/Fitted to the horse in motion. Equine Approved. Loved all over the world.

With only two SMARTFLX tree sizes (Standard or Superwide), our saddles can accommodate multiple horses of varying shapes!

Smartflx Tree

All with a simple change of a foam shim or two. How good is that?

The best part? You are in control. You can make changes on the fly, as you need!

If you’re still a little confused, think of it this way:

In human terms, the saddle is your shoes – a foundation designed to create freedom for movement and expansion, balance you and look great…

The pad, just like your socks – an interface between your shoes and your body to cushion your contours, wick moisture away and allow free-flowing strides…

The shims are a bit like orthotics – Orthotics create a perfect contact with the sole of the shoe to help remove pressure points. They allow for individual foot shape and anomalies and micro-adjustments as your walk/run.

Yes, human feet are different from horses backs, but they both have to bear weight and move without pain.

Same Same but Different.

Of course, you could keep doing what most unenlightened riders/horse owners do.

You could spend a lot of money trying to improve saddle fit by buying an array of new/incorrect saddles, and/or, paying EXPENSIVE saddle fitters to come and adjust this, and re-flock that. Thinking you got it right, only to discover it isn’t, then repeating the process over and over.

Learn more and clarify what we require for a good saddle fit by checking out our FREE Saddle Fit Evaluation.

Take a test ride

Find out how you could improve the comfort and health of your horse – once and for all.

What do you have to lose? It’s free!

Read up on what our Smartflx Saddle System has created for tens of thousands of horses globally!

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  • ENGLISH AIRPAD TECFLEECE

    Unique in the world English AIRPAD: patented super-sensitive, auto-inflating baffled foam Inserts adjust & conform dynamically to horse's body throughout your ride. Therapeutic function. Extraordinary wicking and cooling capacity. Various sizes...
    $349.00
  • ENGLISH AIRPAD TECGRIP

    Unique in the world AIRPAD: patented super-sensitive, auto-inflating baffled foam inserts adjust & conform dynamically to horse's body throughout your ride. Therapeutic function. Thermal relief and extraordinary wicking and cooling capacity....
    $349.00
  • ENGLISH HALFPAD

    The HALFPAD is our SMARTPAD without flaps. A highly praised amalgamation of space-age-technology and natural components. Designed to function as therapeutic gear directly under the saddle tree to provide greatest degree of...
    $265.00
  • ENGLISH SMARTPAD

    SHOCK-ABSORBING "SMARTFOAM" FOR PRESSURE RELIEF AND CONFORMING COMFORT - EXCELLENT TO PROTECT YOUR HORSE´S BACK THROUGHOUT LONG HOURS IN THE SADDLE The SMARTPAD is comprised of the world’s most technologically advanced components designed to...
    $295.00
  • ENGLISH SMARTPAD DRESSAGE

    The DRESSAGE PAD is our SMARTPAD with full competition-sized flaps.. Functions directly under the saddle to provide extraordinary conforming comfort, pressure protection, thermal relief and auto dynamic service for horse with rider...
    $295.00
  • HYBRID CRUISER AIRPAD TECFLEECE

    Unique in the world AIRPAD for your Hybrid Cruiser Saddle: patented super-sensitive, auto-inflating baffled foam Inserts adjust & conform dynamically to horse's body throughout your ride. Therapeutic function. Extraordinary wicking and cooling...
    $349.00
  • HYBRID CRUISER AIRPAD TECGRIP

    Unique in the world AIRPAD: patented super-sensitive, auto-inflating baffled foam inserts adjust & conform dynamically to horse's body throughout your ride. Therapeutic function. Thermal relief and extraordinary wicking and cooling capacity....
    $349.00
  • HYBRID CRUISER SMARTPAD

    SHOCK-ABSORBING "SMARTFOAM" FOR PRESSURE RELIEF AND CONFORMING COMFORT - EXCELLENT TO PROTECT YOUR HORSE´S BACK THROUGHOUT LONG HOURS IN THE SADDLE The SMARTPAD is comprised of the world’s most technologically advanced components...
    $295.00
  • LIMITED EDITION: NAVAJO WESTERN SMARTPAD

    SHOCK-ABSORBING "SMARTFOAM" FOR PRESSURE RELIEF AND CONFORMING COMFORT - EXCELLENT TO PROTECT YOUR HORSE´S BACK THROUGHOUT LONG HOURS IN THE SADDLE. EYE CATCHING NAVAJO DESIGN. The SMARTPAD is comprised of the world’s most technologically...
    $295.00
  • WESTERN AIRPAD TECFLEECE

    Unique in the world Western AIRPAD: patented super-sensitive, auto-inflating baffled foam Inserts adjust & conform dynamically to horse's body throughout your ride. Therapeutic function. Extraordinary wicking and cooling capacity. Various sizes...
    $349.00
  • WESTERN AIRPAD TECGRIP

    Unique in the world AIRPAD: patented super-sensitive, auto-inflating baffled foam inserts adjust & conform dynamically to horse's body throughout your ride. Therapeutic function. Thermal relief and extraordinary wicking and cooling capacity....
    $349.00
  • WESTERN SMARTPAD

    Our WESTERN SMARTPAD is a combination of space-age-technology and natural components resulting in an exceptional protective, shimmable therapeutic interface. Designed to function as corrective gear under Western saddle tree and...
    $295.00
  • ORIGINAL TF CENTER SHIMS

    The ORIGINAL TF CENTER SHIMS are designed for recovery of the long back muscle if that muscle is weak, flat, damaged or sagging in the center area of the horse's back. Shims always come in a SET (NOTE: no left and right). Made in...
    $30.00
  • ORIGINAL TF REAR SHIMS

    The ORIGINAL TF REAR SHIMS are excellent to rehabilitate muscle atrophy or slope off the spine if the Horse is quite steep in the area where rider sits - therefore it is often used for recovery and/or therapy. Shims always come in a SET (NOTE: no...
    $30.00
  • ORIGINAL TF SHOULDER SHIMS

    A must-have in every tack room. The ORIGINAL TF SHOULDER SHIMS are designed to lift the front of the saddle off your Horse's working shoulders, essential for healthy travelling. Shims always come in a SET (NOTE: no left and right). Made...
    $30.00
  • SHIM PACKAGE

    BUNDLE AND SAVE! A must-have for every tack box - a full set of tapered foam shims. With each style of shim in your kit, you are always prepared for set up or readjustment with any saddle or any horse. There are 4 styles of...
    $100.00
  • THIN TF SHOULDER SHIMS

    Designed to lift the front of the saddle off a broad-shouldered and well-muscled Horse's working shoulders. The ½ TF FOAM SHIMS help to keep excess weight off the horse's forehand, essential for healthy travel. Shims always come in...
    $30.00