Western Airpad or Smartpad with Thin Shoulder Shims:
This is our thinnest shim. Placed in the position indicated in this video, it provides just enough “lift” to keep pressure off your horse’s broad bulging shoulder muscles as they swing underneath the front of your saddle when your horse strides out, if your horse has nice round shoulders and back and does not appear to need the full thickness of our regular thickness Shoulder Shims. The Thin Shims will be plenty to do this important job. They will also facilitate balancing your saddle seat properly so you should be able to access your balance point easily.
If you are new to shimming, it pays to know that there is often a need to experiment with position/placement of shims and sometimes even trying another pattern or combination of shims may benefit you and your horse.
If you are concerned that you are not setting things up correctly to achieve saddle balance or freedom of your horses shoulders, back or stride we suggest doing our FREE Saddle Fit a Evaluation located HERE.
As the owner of our Saddles and pads, that assistance is yours courtesy of our trained customer service team and requires some digital photos and information that gives us an overall assessment of your current set up.
Most importantly, ride your saddle and explore what some minor adjustments can do. Your horse is always changing shapes, posture and condition so this may be an evolving process.
To refresh your knowledge of WHY we shim, check out our video ‘The Principles of Shimming’ HERE.