Once you feel how much better your horse can travel under you when you tuck just one of our TAPERED FOAM SHIMS into each side of your saddle pad, you’ll know why we recommend never riding without them! Our research has yielded evidence of this conclusively for more than 15 years. The shape and consistency of our soft-but-resilient closed cell FOAM SHIMS has proven to facilitate the re-development of damaged muscle as well as the efficient use of healthy tissue. The thicker portion of each SHIM provides the “lifting” power to keep saddle pressure off the working shoulders and custom-connect the horse better with the saddle where needed, while the tapered portion transitions into the horse’s body so that the connection feels smooth.
The ORIGINAL TF CENTER SHIMS is made as a support for the long back muscle if that muscle is weak, flat, damaged or sagging in the center area of the horse’s back. It connects the saddle with the horse’s body so that “bridging” of the saddle (contact pressure at the front and back of the horse’s body without connection in the lower center area) is not excessive. No contact with the center area of the saddle is not comfortable for the horse and does not encourage healthy lifting of the back in motion. Quite often, the CENTER SHIMS are used in combination with the SHOULDER SHIM. The “front” end of the shim is the narrower fin. The wider fin is designed to taper toward the rear.
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Best value in combination with SMARTSADDLEPADS and SMARTFLX™ Saddles Trees.
SMARTPADS and AIRPADS have easy-access shaped shim pockets designed to house them.