Base construction of pad is heavy duty quilted cotton with wool fill Ultra ThinLine protects you and your horse’s backs Extra girth (or drop rig) protection via a panel of Ultra ThinLine Shimmable full pocket for saddle fit or extra protection --27″ (spine length) – 20 inch drop to bottom of rigging panel – A full 23″ of Ultra ThinLine along either side of spine – Ultra ThinLine guard at the point of drop rigging/girth or cinch to protect against pressures and rubs. – 14.5″ rear drop – 4.7 mm thick (3/16″) Ultra ThinLine panel on either side of the spine for protection.
Most equine products work on a compression basis, meaning they compress then spring back, or like gel, move away from pressure. What makes ThinLine unique is its technology. ThinLine is an open-cell foam which moves shock, weight, and heat laterally. Beginning as a liquid, microscopic cells are poured into a mold then polarized so each cell lies end to end creating a tunnel. Another layer is poured on top and polarized in a new direction. In each ThinLine pad, this process is repeated hundreds of times creating a honey comb matrix. This process allows ThinLine to absorb shock, distribute weight and ventilate heat. ThinLine products also carry tensile strength so that pressure is evenly distributed, filling in hollow points and relieving pressure points. Unlike compression based foams, ThinLine never bottoms out.
"Saddle fit really does affect our horse’s behavior, performance and ultimately the health of horse and rider. Saddle pads and girths have a huge influence on the saddle fit. Thankfully Thin Line has given us a product that we can use to help the horses be more comfortable doing their jobs. Thank you Thin Line."
THIN LINE'S RECOMMENDED CARE
Thin Line sheepskin products are made with 100% medical grade merino wool on a real (non-synthetic) hide. Please follow care instructions carefully to ensure you product stays under warranty, and to ensure product durability.
Regular Maintenance – The most important thing to know about sheepskin is that it hates to stay wet. If you ride the sheepskin against the horse or get it thoroughly soaked make sure it is well dried between rides. Place the pad sheepskin face up in a cool environment. In humid climates use a fan to blow over the pad. Once the pad is dry, lightly brush the sheepskin with a pet brush to help to keep the wool fluffy and resilient for the next ride. Daily: Ride, flip sheepskin side up to store, brush occasionally.
Washing Sheepskin-Pads should only be washed when absolutely necessary, which should only be about 2-3 times in it’s lifespan if the above maintenance care is followed. Sheepskin saddle pads are best washed by hand in cold water using one of the following three approved products: Eucalan, Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, or Ivory Snow Flakes. These products have been tested on sheepskin and are covered under warranty. You may machine wash (although hand wash is preferred) in a front loader, no agitators against the pad, single wash cycle only. Remove excess water in the pad by carefully squeezing the water out or placing in your washing machine on the spin cycle. Please do not use Melp!
Drying Sheepskin- Sheepskin saddle pads should be laid flat, sheepskin up, out of the sun preferably under a fan. No dryers or other heating devices. The Thin Line shim may slow drying time so placing absorbent products such as heavy duty paper towels or shami’s such as sham wow inside the pocket will absorb water, speed the drying time and keep your sheepskin in better shape. Don’t over stuff pockets or the sheepskin may stretch. Do not brush or pull sheepskin when wet.
To keep the rolls clean and extend washing cycles, especially on white pads, you may lightly spray Scotch Guard the rolls.
Western Felt Saddle Pads
Brush daily. EZ All (www.EZall.com) is the best cleaner we have found for our felt pads.