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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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    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 Add to cart
  • 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 Add to cart
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    ENGLISH SMARTPAD – CLEARANCE

    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...
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  • ENGLISH SMARTPAD BREEZE

    Therapeutic shimmable all-in-one full riding pad. SmartFoam™ core provides superior shock absorption and pressure-point protection, yet compresses to less than 1/4” to bring rider and horse close together.  Full panel shim pockets with...
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  • 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 Add to cart
  • 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 Add to cart
  • TRAIL SMARTPAD BREEZE

    Therapeutic shimmable all-in-one riding pad with streamlined shape for smaller profile saddles. SmartFoam™ core provides superior shock absorption and pressure-point protection, yet compresses to less than 1/4” to bring rider and horse...
    $369.00 Add to cart
  • TRAIL SMARTPAD WORKHORSE

    Therapeutic shimmable all-in-one full riding pad with reduced, minimalized shape. SmartFoam™ core provides superior shock absorption and pressure-point protection, yet compresses to less than 1/4” to bring rider and horse close together. ...
    $389.00 Add to cart
  • VERSAFIT ENGLISH HALFPAD

    Therapeutic shimmable half-pad. SmartFoam™ core provides superior shock absorption and pressure-point protection, yet compresses to less than 1/8” to bring rider and horse close together.  Full panel shim pockets with easy top access –...
    $199.00 Add to cart
  • 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 Select options
  • 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 Select options
  • ALL SHIM PACKAGE

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    The ultimate customizing tool kit! All three of our revolutionary shapes in both Original Full and Thin versions. Shoulder, Long Center and Rear Shims. Everything you need to provide shoulder clearance,...

    $199.00 Add to cart
  • ORIGINAL LONG CENTER SHIMS

    Our original revolutionary shape and thickness, tapered on both ends with thicker section in the middle, designed to aid recovery and rebuilding of back muscles. Can be creatively used as a corrective tool in many ways including overlap blending...
    $40.00 Add to cart
  • ORIGINAL REAR SHIMS

    Our original revolutionary shape and thickness, designed to support or lift the rear of saddle. Excellent to assist with rehabilitation of wasted muscles, or to adjust balance for the rider when needed. Shims taper gradually toward front and blend...
    $40.00 Add to cart
  • ORIGINAL SHIM PACKAGE

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    Our revolutionary shapes in original full thickness: one pair each - Shoulder,  Long Center, and Rear Shims. Essential tools for shoulder clearance, center support, and/or lifting the rear of the saddle....

    $110.00 Add to cart
  • ORIGINAL SHOULDER SHIMS

    Our original revolutionary shape and thickness, designed to lift the front of saddle off your horse’s working shoulders, essential for healthy movement. Shims taper gradually toward rear and blend smoothly even if overlapped. Engineered with the...
    $40.00 Add to cart
  • THIN LONG CENTER SHIMS

    Our original revolutionary shape, now available in half-thickness for those times when less-is-more. Tapered on both ends with thicker section in the middle, designed to aid recovery and rebuilding of the back muscles. Can be creatively used as a...
    $40.00 Add to cart
  • THIN REAR SHIMS

    Our original revolutionary shape, now available in half-thickness for those times when less-is-more. Our Thin Rear Shims are designed to support or lift the rear of the saddle. Excellent to assist with rehabilitation of...

    $40.00 Add to cart
  • THIN SHIM PACKAGE

    Bundle and save!

    Our revolutionary shapes, now available in half-thickness for those times when less-is-more. One pair each - Shoulder, Long Center, and Rear Shims. Essential tools for shoulder clearance, center support,...

    $110.00 Add to cart
  • THIN SHOULDER SHIMS

    Our original revolutionary shape, now available in half-thickness for those times when less-is-more. Thin Shoulder Shims are designed to lift the front of saddle off your horse’s working shoulders, essential for healthy movement. Shims taper...
    $40.00 Add to cart