Not every body is perfect ...
Using Shims to Affect Your Saddle fit ...
The majority of horses out there don't need shims with the CSI Saddlepad system. The CSI Flex-Plate is very, very effective at resolving minor anatomy issues. However, there are some conditions which can benefit from having shims. Below is a video that talks about using shims on a horse who needs fill behind the withers.
Another common saddle fit issue is working with a horse with a sway back. Let's take an in depth look at the shimming process for a swaybacked horse.
The Principle of Shimming
When you shim, what you're really doing is filling in with foam or felt or other material where the horse should naturally have muscle. Keep this principle in mind at all times when you're cutting your shims.
Beveling Thicker Shims
Thicker shims should be beveled for your horse's comfort. Just cut the edge of the shim at an angle to create a bevel or slope.
Applying the Shim to the CSI Pad
You will add velcro to the top of the shim. This makes it removeable and repositionable. Applying the completed shim to the CSI Pad is as simple as positioning it correctly and closing the lid o the pad.
Still need more help? Get a saddlepad fit consult.
If you have a horse with special needs and want help evaluating it for fit with a CSI Saddlepad, you can get a free phone consult with one of our saddlepad fitters. To give you the most effective advice, you should be prepared to take some digital photos and email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a list of photos I'd like to see to evaluate saddle and/or saddlepad fit:
(To get good relevant photos, place the horse on level ground in an even stance.)
1) A photo of the horse's back with no saddle or pad. One from each side.
2) One photo looking down the horse's back from behind and above. Use a bucket or the fence to help get a good angle where we can determine if the horse is even or uneven behind the wither.
3) Two photos of the horse with just the saddle, not cinched. One from the mount side and one looking down the gullet from the front.