The Remedial B pad is designed to create some lift and support under the back area of the saddle.
The BALANCE Pro-Complete ½ inch Remedial B Pad
This pad can be useful for 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.
Conventional Saddle Fitting methods, approach 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!
BALANCE approach this challenge by providing the Remedial B Pad in this ½" depth and also in a thinner ¼" depth (See ¼" Remedial B Pad details)
This ½ inch Remedial B pad is made up from two graduated (stepped) layers of ¼ inch'gel-foam', bonded together. It has the hook side of a hook/loop fixing system underneath. It is covered in an attractive faux suede material in the Black and Brown options and in Cotton for the Bright White colour. It can be used on top of any of the BALANCE Wool Pads and Base Pads and 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 in Adult Sizes (indeed this pad can be very helpful with treeless and bareback pads)
The dimensions of this pad are as shown below:
A -- B = 11" (28cm) C -- D = 9½" (24cm)
If a saddle is tipped back either by being too narrow for the horse, or because the horse's current posture and muscle development cause it to tip back, the rider 's weight will be too much in the back of the saddle and will create too much pressure over the reflex points in the horse's back. This makes the horse contract the long back muscles which pulls his back down into a weak and vulnerable state.
With the back pulled down, the saddle is even more likely to tip up at the front and down at the back.
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.