EQUINE MANAGEMENT AND TRAINING - Fred and Rowena Cook
Retraining Racehorses, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Schooling
Email: Enquiries@equinetraining.co.uk or call 01780 740773
Having been introduced to Thinline a few years ago and then losing them a year or so later due to the UK importer withdrawing from retail, we were desperate to find a viable alternative rather than keep sending to the USA. During their absence from the UK we tried so many other products produced here, in Europe and the USA but nothing matched the incredible concussion absorbing properties and comfort for horse and rider that Thinline provided.
So when we were able to persuade - and then support - the decision of the late Janet Wilkes to become the UK importer, we were understandably very relieved as we really didn't know which way to turn. We hit another stumbling block in the Autumn of last year consequent upon the American company imposing certain restrictions which really made it impossible for Janet's business to continue with importation. However after another lull we are now bringing Thinline into the UK via Thinline Europe.
These pads are perfect for any horse but a must for horses that have back issues especially kissing spine and they do not compromise saddle fit.
Historically, equine products work on a compression basis, meaning they compress then spring back or, like gel, move away from pressure.
What makes ThinLine unique is its technology. ThinLine is an open-cell foam which moves shock, weight, and heat laterally along the pad, boot, or girth. Beginning as a liquid, microscopic cells are poured into a mold then polarized so each cell lies end to end creating a tunnel. Another layer is poured in the mould and polarised in a new direction. In each ThinLine pad, this process is repeated hundreds of times creating a honey comb matrix. This structure allows ThinLine to move shock, heat, and weight laterally, much like the ripple effect of throwing a stone into water. ThinLine products also carry tensile strength so that pressure is actually distributed. Behind every pressure point there is always a hollow point. ThinLine products work to relieve pressure points by adding to the hollow points.
Impact moves across ThinLine producing a completely different ride your horse will love. Open cell technology transfers recoil off the horse’s back laterally rather than directly up into the base of the rider’s spine. The magic lies in the way ThinLine absorbs shock but allows the rider to truly feel the horses back. Motion is reduced by the rider and the horse and rider can work together in unison
Integrity and softness allow ThinLine to flex and stretch over high withers, around bones and splints (in the case of splints), girths or saddle pressure points without bottoming out (like memory foam, or moving, like gel). They provide a secure saddle fit thus preventing saddle slippage.
When warmed to body temperature ThinLine conforms to the horse supporting tendons, muscles; relieving pressure and impact. When returned to room temperature 75° F, it rebounds to its original shape allowing ThinLine products to mould every day and to every horse.
Thinline pads also provide comfort for the rider.
Of course all horses gain or lose a bit of weight depending on work load, time of year and so on or may lose some muscle tone for some reason.
These changes can warrant the need for temporary shims to ensure saddle fit remains correct. With this in mind Thinline have made pads that have shim pockets.
Depending on exact requirements there are 3 position options - front, centre and rear or if a horse is really under-developed on one side of its spinal single shim that is the entire length of the pad can be fitted into the pocket.
Thinline is also available in a half pad with or without sheepskin rolls.
These pads are designed with a "spine free channel" i.e. - the Ultra Thinline lays either side of the spine so there is absolutely no pressure on the spine.
The pads shown on the left are termed the "Trifectra" is shimmable at the front, centre (for bridging) and at the rear in the same way as the full pad (as illustrated above).
The shims obviously come in pairs - front or back as well as for bridging and are available in ultra thinline thickness or standard thickness.
The shims are shaped and fit neatly into the pockets of the pad. Once in place they do not move.
Very conveniently if you have an ultra thinline half pad and wish to increase the thickness to standard full length inserts are also available. These inserts can be used with any of the shimmable pads and are particularly useful for horses with significant atrophy especially on just one side.
If you have a horse which changes shape summer to winter or you use one saddle on more than one horse, then the use of shims can help ensure the fit is correct for each horse.
Or if you you are not a half pad fan just use a Thinline or Ultra Thinline pad. These pads can be used directly under the saddle but if you prefer there is no compromising of saddle fit, comfort or effect if you elect to use a thin saddle cloth next to the skin.
These are the pads we use here at Equine Management and Training for everyday working as we are not fans of half pads; the reason for this being that depending on a horse's build and shape, the edge of a half pad can sit on the rib heads and be a source of annoyance and/or discomfort.
Thinline also produce a range of reins, girth and boots and it is their Cobra Sports " Medicine Boots" which are in our tackroom.
These boots not only provide excellent impact protection but also invaluable support making them the perfect choice for us when bringing horses that have any kind of leg injury back into work. The uniquely designed suspensory strap stretches with each stride, allowing full movement and helping to eliminate hyper extension of the fetlock.
Cobra boots are extremely slim compared to traditional Sport Medicine Boots, so look neat and and not at all bulky. Being pliable they are very comfortable and as Thinline vents heat legs stay cool; the exterior ventilated neoprene conforms to your horse, allows heat and moisture to escape, and keeps your horse cool,comfortable and performing at it’s best. And being breathable the boots promote healthy skin. The boot provides 360 degrees of protection, safeguarding the cannon bone, tendons and soft tissue, and is proven to absorb energy from hoof impact.
To read more about Thinline please visit www.thinlineglobal.com.
The website for the UK is www.thinlineglobal.eu where you can view all products available; prices are in GBP.
We can offer Thinline products to our clients at a very competitive rate via our E.M.T. Discount Scheme.
Please contact us for pricing information.