Originally Posted by phantomhorse13 View Post
My feelings on shims are.. it depends. Are you trying to fix a short term issue because your horse lost some weight and now there are gaps? I would certainly try a shim in that case. But to adjust a saddle that has never actually fit.. I think that can be a slippery slope.
In looking at what you linked to, I might be inclined to try the thinnest one, but a saddle needing an inch or an inch and a half adjustment seems like it just doesn't fit. Even if those shim pads help where they are in contact, what about all the open space around them? I would worry about pressure areas.
Yeah, he changes a LOT depending on what kinda shape he's in. That's kinda the other reason I didn't want to sink that much money into a pad that might actually cause an issue in a month or two. The smallest shim is closest to the one that's build into the pad, I believe.
Originally Posted by trailhorserider View Post
I would probably be inclined to try it.......worst that happens is that it doesn't work the way you intended. It's a shame you can't afford a shim-able pad, because then you can use it in all sorts of configurations, even without shims if you rode a different horse at some point. But they all seem to be well over $100. I personally have this one: https://www.horse.com/item/diamond-w...ckets/e006939/
But like the shape of the shims in this one because they look like they mirror the saddle tree better: https://www.jefferspet.com/products/...oured-shim-pad
In general I haven't found shims to work.......because it seems like the more padding you use, the less stable the saddle is. However, there are exceptions, and I have one saddle that fits my horse much better with my shim-able pad, with the first two shims inserted (saddle is a bit too wide for her and the shims actually make it MORE stable).
The good news is, you know the extra padding works for your horse. So I think the shims you posted a link to have a good shot at working. Or else you wasted $30. But without buying a whole new expensive pad, that is probably a risk you have to take.
Yeah, I know, those pads are nice and versatile, and would actually be nice for this horse, cause, as I said, he changes shape a lot lol
This saddle is just a bit too wide up front, the rest of it fits pretty well. That's why the correct fit pad just helps it stabilize a bit more, as you said.
I would be inclined to try to make something else work, temporarily, and save that $30 plus money in the coming weeks to get what you know works. If the shims don't work, you would have just thrown a 1/3 of the pad that you know works down the drain.
I would try a towel folded up, or maybe an English pad folded...Brainstorm what you have around that would mimic the shimming and make it work. Anyone that I've seen use shims like you posted haven't used them for long, I think they are junk. Its easier and cheaper to make your own, and velco them right where you need them. Or if it just won't work, ride bareback until you do have the money for the pad that works.
The issue with folding a towel, and such, is that it would go across his withers, which would likely cause more issues than it would help. I would also love to make one myself, but I don't know that I would trust the durability. Thank you for the advice, though. If people don't use them for long, maybe I can find some used? That'd save me some money if they are junk then :P