Riser & Pommel Pads
Improve the fit of your saddle and keep your horse’s back comfortable with our selection of riser pads and pommel pads. These specially shaped pads change the balance of your English saddle and help to prevent painful pressure points on your horse’s back. Many hunter/jumper, dressage, event, equitation, pleasure, and trail riders utilize these pads both for schooling and during competitions.
Pommel pads lift the front of the saddle and cushion your horse’s withers. Horses who are built slightly downhill often benefit from pommel pads because they help to raise the angle of the saddle. In other instances, horses with narrow withers or sharp withers may wear pommel pads to reduce rubbing on the withers and make your horse more comfortable under saddle. We carry an assortment of crochet pommel pads and non-slip pommel pads from quality equestrian brands, including Nunn Finer and Intrepid International.
Riser pads, banjo pads, cantle risers, lollipop pads, wedge cushions, and lift pads all raise the panels and the cantle of the saddle. This helps the rider to stay securely positioned while also preventing the saddle from bridging or rocking, which may irritate your horse’s back. Our inventory of back pads for horses includes foam riser pads, sheepskin risers, and gel support pads from your favorite equestrian companies, including Wintec, Ovation, Roma, Exselle, and Toklat.
We also carry shimable back pads, which allow you to modify the pad to give your horse a custom fit. Available from Fleeceworks, ThinLine, and many other high-quality equine brands, these pads are very popular for equestrians riding young horses who are still developing. Therefore, their conformation is constantly changing, as well as horseback riders who ride a variety of horses and need their saddle to fit all of them.
Use a lift pad or pommel pad to keep your horse’s back comfortable and help your saddle fit correctly. Learn more about the importance of saddle fit on our blog post, The Effects of Poor Saddle Fit. It is important to note that these pads assist in saddle fit, but they are not able to make an ill-fitting saddle properly fit your horse. If you have any questions regarding the risers and lifts that we carry or would like assistance choosing the right saddle pad for your horse, we encourage you to speak with a member of our friendly sales staff who have years of hands-on horse experience. For our local customers, we are pleased to offer professional saddle fitting services. Contact us today to set up your appointment.