Panels for Ghost saddles - and can work for other saddles with loop-side velcro underneath. Price is for a pair. Panels for 16" seat run just over 20", for 17" seat is about 21", for 18" is a bit over 22". See more details below.

Seat size is measured English. Subtract 2" for Western.


I stock mostly velcro opening panels for seat sizes 17" and 18" but can order the others and do have a couple of the closed panels available.

I prefer the velcro opening panels because that makes it easy to shim for rider balance, but the closed panels do have a neat look.

Most people use the standard panel thickness which is a thin layer of formo(a stiff material), a layer of 2 foam with excellent weight distribution and response-time properties which remain at all operation temps, and a single layer of a softer, shape-forming foam.

The thin panels don't have any of the soft foam and are best for riders under 120lbs or who prefer a bareback pad feel (and reduce stirrup use accordingly) or who use a fairly substantial treeless pad and need to reduce thickness.

The thick panels can either have a second layer of the soft foam or 2.5 cm core foam and are recommended for riders over 185lbs or those over 175 competing in endurance.

It's possible to modify the panel inserts with the velcro opening panels, not with the closed panels so choose accordingly. We carry rider balancing shims that go inside the velcro opening panels and now have wedge shims in a velcro pocket to go between the closed panel and the base. Or you can order either version with a built in wedge, if you know your horse is downhill where the saddle sits.

NEW! The western skirt has been redesigned to have incorporated panels for a slimmer, closer contact feel. It comes with the Western saddle, but can also be added to the Florac, Quevis, and Quilty models for a western look.
Rave reviews for this option - "Had my first ride today and OMG it felt so good! Horse was comfy and she moved out really well. I never liked the velcro panels as I felt like I was hovering over the horse. The western panel/conversion distributes everything well without losing the close contact feel. Winner winner! Thanks for your help! The sheepskin seat cover is comfy too! -Gabe"

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Panel shims

Beveled wool felt shaped to fit the front of the Ghost panel. Two pieces per side, use the bigger one alone for a 1/4" lift, both together for a 1/2" lift. You can also shim one side more than the other if your horse has a bigger shoulder (shim the smaller shoulder).

Ghost Saddle Pads - short flap (non western)

Ghost makes an extremely nice pad, especially for the very reasonable price. Many people buy these for other saddles including BMSS, Freeform, and even treed saddles. Bottom material options include sympanova (a soft rubber, easy to clean, breathable), black or white wool blend, and an amazing medicinal sheepskin. I recommend 1cm inserts with sheepskin unless rider is over 185, and for other bottom materials unless over 165 or horse's spine is well protected.

Cavallin Mandriana Quaddro BBP

The Cavallin line of bareback pads are nothing short of amazing. For those who are familiar with Christ BBPs, this has similar features, but adds a more substantial cantle and an adjustable stirrup ring. Rider stability is excellent and rather than having to reach for a one-size-fits-all stirrup position, it's right there when you need it. There are also panel inserts to protect the spine. The Mandriana Quaddro is made with gorgeous long fiber sheepskins and has a square flap. The bottom wool layer can be removed for easy cleaning. I've tested this BBP with a pressure sensor pad and while it's still recommended as a BBP, not meant for constant stirrup use, the weight distribution is excellent even with light stirrup use.
Check out this short clip to see material examples.