SKITO saddle pads have been are the distance riders standard for many years. They are totally washable, and built with technical memory foam that disperses heat, breaths, stays aloft where needed and compresses where not needed. The foam inserts can be ordered in various thicknesses and psi depending on the riders weight. They are all constructed to have a clear spinal channel (no padding on the spine), either a top or front open velcro for adding shims or changing out your inserts or washing. There is saddle pad shape for every saddle out there, and, they will do custom work for that unusual saddle. The top fabric comes in durable washable cotton duck, quilted English cotton, cordura or dryback, wool fleece or felt next to the body, padded only under the saddle, not the leg, and lots of colors. It’s a soft fabric pad and easily molds to the body, and breaks the concussion of each step. There is a special laminated foam insert for MULE pads with cutouts both in the rear and front if needed, and a HIGH PEAK topline for those high withered animals. Here at Double Diamond, we build a lot of shims as well as felt inserts for extra padding, or for cold climated when the foam stays too stiff for some riders (although in ten minutes it's warmed up) As professional saddle fitters, the ability to build shims, add or take away thickness, change the flare and rock is endless in a SKITO pad. For hot humid climates and long distance riders, the Dryback topside allows heat to disperse through the “plastic linguini” kind of fabric.
BASE PRICE: $279.00
If needed, foam shims are available in 1/2", 3/4" and 1" thickness and different firmness as well. (Standard is 3/4".) Shims are ordered depending on need, they are specific, not generic, both in shape, depth, and firmness. They are also shaped for your pad pocket shape. They do not move around inside the pocket, and sit against the horse under the large foam insert. Shims can be added to the pockets to compensate for low spots, lift, asymmetry, or a bridging problem. Shims are made of the same foam, and are all tapered/beveled on all edges to provide a smooth transition from the thickest to the thinnest part, avoiding pressure points by adding thickness where not needed. (PLEASE NOTE: While shims can be used to correct mild fit problems, nothing can correct a really poor fitting saddle. If that is the case, only a properly fitted saddle will solve your--and your horse's problem.)