The Remedial B pads are designed to create some lift and support under the back of the saddle. This is the thinner of the two options in the Pro-Complete range.
The Pro-Complete Remedial B Pad in the 1/4 inch thickness.
We occasionally come across a horse who has a back shape/profile where the withers seem to extend back a long way into and under the saddle area, and this can make it difficult to provide a saddle that is a good shape and width for the horse, and still have it sitting level on his back.
This kind of back shape picks the saddle up at the front and drops it down at the back, which unbalances the rider and directs too much of their weight towards the back of the saddle. When the weight of the rider is too concentrated towards the back of the saddle, the reflex points in the horse's back in this area are over-stimulated, which causes the horse to contract the long back muscles (Dropped/Sway Back Posture). With the back pulled down, the saddle is even more likely to tip up at the front and down at the back.
Conventional Saddle Fitting approaches this issue by adding more depth to the panels of the saddle at the back, but as flocking is added, it makes the panels harder and more angular at the back. Not horse friendly features at all!
This ¼" Remedial B pad is made up from one layer of ¼ inch 'gel-foam' covered in a non-slip faux suede material.
It is thin enough to be used on top of any of the BALANCE Wool Pads and Base Pads. It has the hook side of a hook/loop fastening system on the underside so that it can be attached to loop side of the tape that is found on top of the Extra Thick Wool Pads or the Base Pads.
This size of pad is suitable for use under:
BALANCE saddles in Adult sizes A, B, C, D and E (17" and longer)
English Saddles in Adult sizes (17" and longer)
Treeless and Bareback pads
The dimensions of this pad are as shown :
A -- B = 11 inch (28cm)
C -- D = 9 inch (24cm)
We always keep the practical black option in stock and usually some in brown. These are both covered in the Faux Suede material. However, this material is not available in a bright white so we use a cotton material to cover the white versions, which are not always in stock but can be ordered for you.
IMPORTANT: THE MOST COMMON REASON FOR CONVENTIONALLY FITTED SADDLES TO TIP BACK AND LOOK AS IF THEY NEED THIS KIND OF PAD......IS THAT THEY HAVE BEEN FITTED TOO NARROW. IF THIS IS THE CASE, THE BALANCE REMEDIAL PAD MUST NOT BE USED TO CREATE A LEVEL SURFACE FOR THE RIDER. THE SOLUTION IN THIS SITUATION, IS TO FIND A BETTER WIDTH OF SADDLE THAT SITS LOWER AT THE FRONT!
Being able to move in a powerful, balanced and engaged way, without restriction or discomfort, is every horse’s birth-right and essential in order for him to be able to carry the unnatural weight of a rider, without doing harm to himself.