Available Accessories

This is a list of the most typical accessories you can request with your demo. You are welcome to use your own pad, dressage girth, and stirrup straps though.

Pad - we recommend a treeless pad of some type with Ghost saddles to ensure a clear spine channel. This can vary due to rider weight and horse comformation (round horse without a prominent spine or wither can be exceptions.) You can remove the Ghost pad inserts if you don't need them. It's also possible to put shims in the Ghost pad, so it's quite useful and available for a very good price. You can choose either sympanova or wool bottom - although it may be best to use a towel or sheet with the wool pad when demoing in case you send it back.

Girth - Ghost billets are dressage length, so a short dressage girth is used. Any dressage girth can work if you already have plenty. I have original sympanova Ghost girths (easy cleaning), Westip (slim, dense elastic), and Total Saddle Fit shoulder relief girths

Stirrup straps - I really like the Ghost straps. They're made from thin, Granite biothane, very strong and barely noticeable under your leg. If you want to try our English fender, these straps or some similar, are necessary as thicker leathers won't fit through the channel. Stirrup strap keepers are great to cover the buckle which we recommend running at the bottom, just above the stirrup for additional rider comfort. They can be used with the English fenders if the rider's leg is long enough.

Pommel bolster - This is a great option. It can balance the pelvis if you feel tipped forward a small amount (for a bigger effect, shims are recommended). It also narrows the twist and deepens the seat a bit. It can be moved forward and back for a customized feel.

Billet strap protectors - These slide over the billet straps and are recommended for the short flap saddles (unless you choose to pair with a long flap pad) to avoid pressure or rubbing from the thin billet straps. Not all horses need them, but if your horse is sensitive, they're highly recommended. If your horse is large, you can also consider using them with a long flap saddle, but you do want to be careful not to overlap them with the girth on the smaller horses.

Seat reducers - Available either from Ghost to provide about 3/4" reduction, or I make some from felt in 1/2" and 1/4" which may be used together or alone for a customize fit in 1/4" increments. Great for children as they grow!

Shims - I almost always send 1/2" panel shims unless your horse is level to uphill with broad shoulders. If your horse is narrow or a bit rump high, they are more likely to be necessary and I also have a 1/2" pad shim available as well. I make these from wool felt, so if you have customize needs, we can probably handle it (dippy backed horse, extremely flat-backed, etc).

Stirrup keepers - these clip on the back rings of the saddle to hold your stirrups out of the way when carrying and saddling.

Fenders - for use with the short flap saddles. Available in either English slip-on fenders which slide over thin stirrup straps, our standard western fender which uses both stirrup rings (really stable), or a single strap western fender so you still have the choice between either of the 1" stirrup rings.

Last Updated: 2/22/2017