Saddlepad Fit Information
A comfortable ride begins with understanding…
A truly comfortable ride means that both the horse and rider can enjoy the experience. A number of factors can affect the way human and equine bodies handle the stress of coming together — saddle fit, health, fitness, performance level, activity and body type all impact comfort both during and after the ride.
If you’ve ever experienced a sore horse during or after a ride, you know how pain can affect performance and attitude. If you’ve experienced a ride-weary aching body of your own, you know how it feels to be torn between pain and your passion for riding.
The CSI pad was created by riders. It is made from the latest innovation in materials and provides an active cushion between horse and human, freeing both to enjoy the ride for all it’s worth.
Features of the CSI Saddlepad
Choose the RIGHT saddlepad now — Choose a CSI Pad!
Further Information …
In the past, we have created a series of YouTube videos that explain how to judge the fit of your western saddle and how using a CSI Saddlepads can effect your saddle’s fit. To watch them, please follow the links below. (Note: You will need to allow pop-up windows in your browser as the videos will open in a new window.)
- The CSI Flex-Plate (explains Flex-Plate in depth, with Rhonda Martin, Now playing above.)
- Saddling with the CSI Saddlepad
- Shimming with the CSI Saddlepad
- The Features and Beneftis of the CSI Saddlepad System
- Judging Your Saddle’s Fit
- Effecting Saddle Fit with a CSI Saddlepad Part 1 (explains how the pad works)
- Effecting Saddle Fit with a CSI Saddlepad Part 2
- Saddling Your Horse with the CSI Saddlepad (with Donna Helms)
- Ken McNabb Talks about the CSI Saddlepad (features old foam liners as well as wool liners)
- MyHorsel.com Tack Room Overview (explains the features of the pad)
- Using the CSI Pad to fit a Sway Backed Horse (with Donna Helms, features foam pad and shim)
- Features of the CSI Pad with Rhonda Martin (features the foam liners no longer available)
- Horse Tweet Video (explains Flex-Plate and Featues)
- Ed Dabney Talks about the CSI Saddlepad
We are currently refilming all of our videos to feature our new All Natural 100% Wool Felt inserts. For now, we are leaving these informative videos available, but please understand the foam inserts featured in the videos are no longer available.
If horses could talk …
If horses could talk, they’d probably have a lot to say about saddle fit. Did you know many (many) behavior problems are really a result of poor saddle fit? Head tossing, reluctance to take a lead, stiffness, resistance, and bucking can all be symptoms of a painful saddle issue. Think about it: How willing would you be to do your job if you had to put up with constant pinching or painful pressure over already sore muscles.
When a horse has a area of pressure on their back the only way they can relieve the pressure is to hollow out their back which in turn causes their head/neck to elevate. These pressure points may also cause muscle spasms which may eventually cause the rib heads to be disarticulated with the spinal process.This may also cause other problems … they will not be able to hold their frame which can cause abnormal stress to their joints especially their stifle, knees and may even cause navicuar problems. Not to mention the hollow spaces that may develop from the atrophy of the muscle on the horses back. Which will cause white hair due to loss of blood flow to the skin, if damage continues the horse may actually develop deep permanent muscle damage.
The CSI Flex-Plate® Saddlepad was designed to reduce or eliminate all common saddle fit issues including pressure point soreness. Because it distributes the weight of the saddle and rider evenly and over a larger area, the CSI Flex-Plate® Saddlepad can really help with those aches and pains that result from uneven weight distribution and poor saddle tree fit.
Riders who use our saddlepad report better equine attitudes across the board. For example, ropers see the difference in how willing their horses are to take the jerk of a calf or steer. Reiners and cutters often find their horses more willing to make big moves. Our pad has even helped dramatically with the aching backs of ovulating mares; allowing them to stay on their training schedules during the entire month.
Behavior symptoms that may
associated with poor saddle fit:
- Head tossing;
- Hateful Mare Syndrome;
- Resistance to bend body;
- Reluctance to take leads;
- Fear of saddling;
- White spots behind withers;
- Uneven sweat pattern under saddle after riding.
Remember, your goal should be for you horse to be as comfortable at the end of the ride as it was at the start. CSI understands this and hopes each of our pads will make a difference in a horse’s ability to be comfortable and perform.