Rider Balancing Aids

Depending upon where your horse's anatomy and motion put the saddle (and we don't advise artificially fighting that as long as it's stable and properly supported by the back), the rider may feel tipped forward or back (very rare). There are several ways to balance the rider. 

  • The Pommel Bolster (or front riser) is a wedge shaped piece that velcros between the seat and the front of the base. It can tip the pelvis a small amount and also narrows the twist and deepens the seat a bit. A popular option for all of these reasons, it can be moved forward and back for a lesser or greater effect.

  • Panel shims are inserted into the front of the velcro opening panels and don't change the fit to the horse, but lift the rider which also helps the horse so the rider doesn't put the horse on his forehand. 

  • Pad shims are inserted into the front of the pad. This is easiest if switching between horses and only one needs shims. Must be used with pad inserts.
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Pommel bolster alone

Can affect the rider's pelvis tilt, refines the twist, and slightly deepens the seat. NOTE: Price includes shipping
€26.12

Pommel bolster with saddle order

Can affect the rider's pelvis tilt, refines the twist, and slightly deepens the seat. NOTE: if this isn't part of a saddle order, please order the "Pommel Bolster alone" which includes shipping
€19.00

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).
NOTE: price includes shipping. If you are ordering a saddle, these are included for free
€16.62

Pad inserts

If panel inserts aren't enough (although in that case you should consider getting a rigid pommel base) or you have closed panels, it's also possible to shim in the pads. You want to make sure you are using the pad inserts so you don't put a transition next to the horse, plus they'll stay in place better. NOTE: price includes shipping
€16.62