Shim pads can help compensate for either a less-than-perfectly-fitting saddle or conformation issues with your horse’s back. The goal is to create a stable, comfortable, and balanced fit for your horse. Shims work best on saddles that are a little too wide, or in cases where the balance of the saddle doesn’t match the conformation of the horse. If the saddle is too narrow for the horse’s back, shimming will generally not solve this problem.
Your T3 Matrix Shim Pad comes equipped with:
- 1 pair of Impact Protection inserts (Extreme Pro, Ortho, FlexForm)
- 1 set of (12) ¼” felt shims (2/front, 2/middle, and 2/rear on each side)
The saddle pad opens with Velcro along the spine. This allows you to access the shims. Do not remove the Impact Protection inserts when shimming. Always fit your shim pad with the Impact Protection inserts. Adjusting the fit of your saddle is a process that can take some trial and error. Before adjusting the shims, we recommend that you:
- Allow plenty of time for the evaluation process. Don’t rush.
- Allow time to test ride in the shims, then dismount and untack to see how they are working and possibly adjust again for best fit.