I love the pad - BUT I WISH IT HAD MORE RISE IN FRONT!! Can you make one with even more rise in front please? I would buy that in a second!!! My horse does seem more comfortable but my saddle is still too low in front….more gel thickness in front would totally do the trick!
Mary Beth D.
The pad is great. It fills in the hollow area behind my horse's withers.
The front riser pad is amazing! My mare has dips right behind her withers and this pad keeps her from having dry spots!!
Since I’ve started using this pad I’ve noticed a difference in my rides. My boy seems so much happier and more comfortable!
My dressage horse has lost some of his topline due to being out of work and getting up in the years. As a result my expensive saddle is now a little bit too wide and sitting too low. The gel front lift pad was the PERFECT solution to this! It's well priced, exactly the right size and sits perfectly under my saddle. I also love it is breathable.
What drew me to try this pad is the seat saver pad I purchased a few years ago to help with pain in my own hips and back as I get up in the years. In all honesty, I would not be able to ride still if not for the seat pad. Great products, at a great price and in stock and shipped quickly!
Amazing pad for my wide-back mare. Love the customer service as I received Free bit guards as well.
Isabella donna Z.
This front riser Gel pad is the only one I have found to keep the saddle off her withers!
This five year old has an amazing built but the rider tends to tip forward because of it. The front rise pad fixed that and I did not have to buy a new saddle!
I bought the front riser pad for use under a western saddle. My horse seems to be more comfortable at the trot and canter. Where before he would want to stop after about 40 feet, he now keeps going until I ask him to stop. He also seems to be less sweaty where under the pad. The ventilation seems to work. Overall I am happy with it.
My gelding was out of work for awhile before I got him and needs the wither pad. Love these pads. I own three.
I have so many pads. So thankful purchased this one. My saddle touch to big in front for my 2 coming 3 yr old. I was estatic it took up slack. She dropped her head and relaxed. Saddle fits other 6 pretty good but with this pad it will correct..I am thankful I don't have to by new saddle. My 5 yr old hoping help her
Provides perfect amount of relief for my horse with prominent withers without tipping my saddle too far back
Young running quarter horse where I had issues with a pocket behind his withers. Uneven sweat, white hairs (aghast) etc. Front rise pad has completely solved the issue with him moving more fluidly, comfortably etc. Can't say enough about the superb customer service and quality product.
I am an endurance rider so I ride nearly every day... and I ride hard! My Arab quarter horse mare has no withers to speak of and I was at my wits end trying to get the saddle to stay in place. This gel pad did the trick! I am so pleased!! After searching and trying do many different non slip pads, this one works the best. I pair it with a felt contour pad and finally I feel secure in the saddle! Wonderful product!!
Works very well, keeps saddle in place and horse seems to appreciate it more than the shimmed half pad we were using before.
Before getting this pad I had to “pedal” my very green gelding. If i quit squeezing or kicking he would hit the brakes. After using the pad he hits gaits much much quicker. (Still has a wonderful stop but he moves out so much better. ) Thank you Kavallerie!! ( I use it over one of my western pads or blankets. )
My TB has fairly narrow withers, and every other riser was leaving him a sore. This provides cushion and comfort and he's comfortable and happy! Easy to clean, and the holes in the gel prevent it from getting too hot.
It is working well to relieve my horse's back and saddling issues.
Rather than spending thousands on different saddles to fit multiple Thoroughbred’s backs, discovering these pads has been a godsend. The 3 designs offered has given me not only a affordable option, but has given my horses comfort and ultimately correct performance. I’ve spoken highly about my half pads to many clients.
I was skeptical by the ad claiming you save thousands on vet bills but now after a few rides I am happy that I found these products! The gel pad and mesh saddle pad do a great job protecting my high withered thoroughbred on trail rides. It allows enough air circulation to really keep his back dry. It fits nicely and looks beautiful with my Australian saddle. Wish I had found this sooner!
I feel it adds so much cushion between me and my horse just wish she could tell me what she feels. I ride a Walker and western and I sometimes have trouble getting the pad centered properly. I am very glad I bought it.
After letting everyone else in the barn try mine, I finally got to use it on my two horses...they seem to love it, and I like not having to deal with shims that move and make my saddle unstable. Good design that doesn’t press on the withers
So far, this pad has been useful on three or four horses in the barn...ironically, I haven’t been able to use it on my own horse - who I purchased it for - yet! I cannot attest to the durability yet, but I am pleased with the fit and the way it has helped the horses who’ve tried it
My trainer bought one and we put it in my horse and it made things so much better
A very nice product. Unfortunately, I still need to purchase a new saddle for my hard to fit horse.
So far so good. My horse is moving better, he seems more comfortable. When removing the pad and saddle, his sweat area is even.
This has been perfect for my 3 year old Rocky Mt mare. Her saddle was constantly moving up to her neck. During an hour long ride the saddle would have to be readjusted at least one time, only to find it had worked its way back up to her neck. With being so young, her shoulders were not developed enough to keep the saddle back away from shoulders. The saddle pad did the trick. My saddle does not move now. It stays in place regardless of the gait or terrain. It has been wonderful and I would highly recommend it for anyone that has trouble keeping their saddle in place. Works like a dream! Thank you for a wonderful product!
Have not had time to try it out due to my work schedule and weather. It looks wonderful though, just what my TB needs to protect his withers. Will be riding again in the Spring when it warms up.
Great customer service. Personal assistance. Follow up. Would highly recommend!
Seems to make him comfortable
Squeaks when riding, seems to move also
Only been able to ride once with it on a short trail ride but my horse seemed to move more freely down the trail with it. So far I really like it!!
Just the ticket
Finally my saddle stays in place. I would see myself leaning to one side during a ride. My saddle doesn’t slip anymore and I’m sure Sonny appreciates it.
My high-withered OTTB lost a lot of his top-line due to Covid-19. We couldn't go out to the barn to work our horses. I bought my front riser, gel, half-pad to bring relief while we work to bring him back into shape. Before the pad, he was obviously feeling too much pressure in his back. After putting the pad on, he works smoothly, and happily. I couldn't be happier, and neither could my best boy.
Works great on a horse with high withers. Very high quality product
Really helps to provide added shock
I actually redesigned it to make it work better for my horse's back. It works perfectly for us now. You may want to consider tweaking your design a little.
Great addition!! I love the little bit of lift my horse needs at the wither, paired with my no pressure pad and treeless saddle...the combo is the hest combo we've had in a pad/saddle set up Fit perfectly under my Black Forest Ponderosa treeless saddle.
Does exactly what it is supposed to: raises the saddle over his shoulders, cushions his whole back. Breathable, lightweight, easy to clean. And it feels like jello!
Product as promoted/shown. Prompt delivery. Excellent communication.
I just tried it on a 2hr ride wirh my horse. Seems to be comfortable and keeping saddle secure. I was doing relatively flat ground riding. I paid for express shipping to have it on a 5 day ride but it didn't arrive as I hoped for. So a waste of my money for express shipping!
My horse’s back is reactive. I’m hoping the gel pad will help.
Twister is a high withered horse that hates the saddle. With this pad he has calmed down and rides much better!
well made-great padding for withers-follow up was incredible-I was on a wait list -very impressed
I needed a slight lift in the withers with my dressage saddle being a little too wide for my dressage horse and it has worked to fit perfectly!
This gel pad is of superior quality. I use the front rise gel pad on my Icelandic horse, and it makes her saddle fit so much better, and the cushioning quality is excellent. If I have a more comfortable ride, than I know that my horse is having the same experience. I highly recommend this gel pad.
I have a young green filly Off
the Track, who I am bringing along
She came quite back sore
Her ultra-sounds and imaging
revealed no pathology
She was sore and her fascia very tight
Probably bruised mid back
So I saw your absorbing
pressure pad and had you take a look
at a photo of her and you sent me the pad
She seems much more comfy, we are just coming along, will keep you updated. thank YOU
Good quality item that does just what I wanted it to do. Seems more comfortable for my horse too.
I love my new pad! Has provided comfort to me and my horse. It has give me much more secure contact as we are moving up in height over jumps. We aim to be in 3’3 adult this year and definitely feels more possible due to this new piece! HIGHLY recommend !
This pad is the best. For the first time, after four different experience top name pads, my horse and I are comfortable. The most important thing is that he has wither relief. Absolutely Love it.
My Icelandic mare is challenging when it comes to saddle fit and slipping. This pad assists with stability and makes for much better fit.
I've ridden 3x now with the gel pad. My guy is lacking topline, this pad gives the saddle support while allowing his shoulder the freedom needed. Honestly, he is moving great, and happy. This is the solution that I needed.
My horse has impossible to fit shark fin withers and a VERY sensitive back. To make any saddle fit even decent i had to pad up so much in the front but it was never truly fitting great. I bought the front riser pad and now all i have to use is that paired with my thinline saddlepad lightly shimmed, and it makes my saddle fit PERFECT even once my weight is on. And he no longer get sore backed after hard rides.
I like that the pad is thin and doesn’t add bulk under the saddle. I don’t care for the floppy gooey consistency. The stickiness makes it very difficult to adjust the position if it’s not sitting perfectly; you cannot just slide the pad if it needs to be shifted. The fact that it needs to be stored flat in a box, and cannot be hung on a rack, is also inconvenient. However, the pad does what it claims to.
Got the riser back for a young client that isn’t so soft in the saddle. You no longer see the saddle slapping or bounding. No more sore back. This is a must own.
Great for my 16.3 hand, refined mare with high withers. It is not as effective on my 17 hand wide gelding.
My horse has a back that is hard to find a saddle for so I’m using my old dressage saddle that fits him okay but bridges off his back a little. I got this gel pad to help with that. He seems to like it a lot and moves out really well (he’s gaited) with is pad, however it doesn’t change the sweat marks on the saddle pad after the ride. So in short my saddle still doesn’t fit my horse, but I believe this pad will keep him from getting sore spots. I rode him the other day in another saddle that didn’t fit and was a bit narrow in the withers and it was very hard to get him to gait out. If anything I feel better riding with this pad under my dressage saddle while I wait to have it re-flocked for him. It also doesn’t slip.
I got this for my 16.1 hand, high-ish withered, and slightly sway-backed warmblood. My 18' devacoux jumping saddle fits him really pretty well, however the saddle slipped back quite a bit, and I felt that we could use just a little bit of a lift in the back. I've found that a combination of the Kavallerie between the saddle and rug, and a gel-eze pad underneath the rug keeps my saddle perfectly in place. I don't even need a breastplate when I ride with these. The lifting affect of this pad is slight, which serves my needs perfectly. If you need a lot of lift, this pad won't do it for you. However, I don't believe it's a good idea to try and make a poorly fitting saddle work with pads. I wish this pad came in white so I could show in it. My showpad has shims in the back, but I need a breastplate to prevent sliding. This pad fits my saddle fine, but if yours is much bigger than 18', I don't think this pad will work for you.
I’ve had the front riser pad for over two years now and I love it. Since I use it as a bridge pad, the front padded areas fit right into the hollowed areas behind my 27 year old mule’s shoulders. This caused the pad to stick out past the rounded skirt of my western endurance saddle. The pad came with an creased area across the back to allow for trimming which was easily done with scissors and the pad fit perfectly within the rear skirt. I recently road for four days in the mountains and my saddle did not slip and my mule’s back wasn’t sore. As recommended, I place the gel pad over top of my thin saddle blanket and everything stays in place, even after a five hour ride. I have a custom made saddle for my mule but after 15 years I took it and mule back to saddle maker to verify the new gel pad placement was correct for my mule’s aging back. The saddle maker liked the gel pad a lot and wanted more information about it. I’ve kept the pad inside my trailer year around stored on a round PVC pipe so I’m not sure if the construction had changed since I purchased mine in early 2017 but there has been no tearing or disintegration like others have mentioned. I’ve considered purchasing another pad just in case something happens to this one but I’m concerned the quality may not be the same now. I’ll keep watching the reviews.
This half pad in gel is absolutely wonderful. My short back thoroughbred is super sensitive to saddle fit and pads, and this pad was spectacular. I love that it allows air flow, especially for the summer months! Product seems pretty durable, and easy to clean. Love it. I can't wait to see some other products.
I've had this pad for a couple weeks now. At first I was a little put off by its sticky texture, but add a little barn dust and it's perfect!I got the front riser option and my high-withered TB seems to really like it! Would definitely buy again.
My horse and I loved it. What a difference. I thought that my saddle fit but using this pad really leveled the saddle for a proper fit.
So far it has been a lifesaver. I love how durable yet light weight it is. I'm very pleased with the product and the company.. my horses are happier too. I use this for more than one ! Great product and would recommend it to anyone
I've been using this pad every time I ride which is two or three times per week, for the last month or so. My slightly swayback 10 year old gelding is seems much more comfortable, and certainly the sweat pattern on his back is much more uniform in fact I would say perfect since switching to the pad, which it had not been before. I rated absorbency low because I don't think it's at all absorbent but I don't think that's its job. As far as fixing a bridging problem on a swayback horse the pad work perfectly for me. Couldn't be happier.
Anything that makes a horse more comfortable on the trail is a big plus. Happy horse means happy rider.
Fits my old gelding very well.
This middle riser gel pad fixed my aging slightly sway backed horse's saddle fit. Even my saddle fitter was impressed and said she would probably buy a couple to have in her stock. I did have some cracking on the one I received and the company was very responsive and sent out a new one. I will need to be careful that it doesn't get heated so will need to store in climate control area during hot summer months. UPDATE: Received my new pad, it is PERFECT! This is a GREAT seller and a GREAT pad. My horse even hums when I ride with it. I would definitely recommend this company!!!
HB & Amanda
I read the reviews on this pad and really liked it. I was worried it would not fit under my roper saddle, even though it is only a 14' seat. My 3 year old quarter horse colt went through his lanky high wither stage and my saddle was putting too much pressure on him. I couldnt buy a $250 gel pad for some time and decided to buy this as a place holder. My saddle has full QH bars. It fits perfectly underneath, the material keeps it in place on the pad, and I see a noticeable difference in my colts movement and demeanor. I love having this on hand!
My mule has a sore spot on her back that has caused trouble for years. This pad takes the pressure off that spot when I tack her up, and I have had no issues since I started using it. It's fantastic!
I was afraid it would squish too thin because I squished with just my fingers, but when squished in a larger area it holds its thickness extremely well.Fit great over my fleece pad, low profile, sticks well and kept my shark fin withered TB very happy and comfy.Also a bit lighter than the last half pad I used.
This solved a fitting issue with my saddle
This pad was an instant success for me.I put it on my 1/2 Friesian filly with no other pad.I could tell that she was much more comfortable and the saddle stayed in place!
Used to ride with a Total Saddle Fit Fleece pad until I heard about the Kavallerie Gel Half Pad.Ordered one just to give it a try and am absolutely loving it! The horse stays much cooler with it in the hot summer months in the South. In addition he seems to be moving nicer and my saddle just stays in place.One of the products that actually delivers on what is being promised and couldn't be happier with it. In addition it is so much easier to care for than the fleece pad I had. Simply rinse it off when you are done riding. I haven't tried to put it in my washing machine yet, as I honestly didn't have to.Stuck to itself for the first couple of weeks, but that sorted itself out as well after a few rides.Mine apparently had a little tear in it (which didn't seem to compromise the functionality of the pad) and I just emailed customer support and asked them about it. Alex at Kavallerie was super quick in replying and just wanted to make it right, so I got a replacement with no questions asked. The entire process including shipping and delivery took less than a week.Truly happy to have found a company that backs their product 100% and provides superb customer service if needed!Highly recommend this pad!
Love this product. Really helped my horse's high withers and thin frame. Raised the pommel and tree up off his sore back. Highly recommend.
Great pad. My horse really appreciated it today it allowed his shoulders to move freely and the saddle was balanced - seat was lifted just right amount without tipping on his shoulders. It also was much more comfortable for me than the lollipop rear riser, which is too springy.
This half pad is a GIFT FROM GOD. Love it. Got it because I needed a half pad with more anti slip quality for my little short backed super sensitive mare. Needless to say it fixed the problem better than everything else ive tried and I am a half pad hoarder. It is very sticky right out of the box so you definitely want to keep it covered when not in use as dirt will stick! Hopefully the stick doesnt wear off too much. Either way I am definitly ordering another one for my other horses as soon as I get paid!
Amy C. Wagner
Great pad! Comfortable, stays put, and gives the right amount of rise in the back where needed for a high withered horse!
Kavallerie stood behind their product after a tear down the spin and shipped a replacement.
I got the front riser pad to help balance out my saddle while my out-of-shape horse develops his topline a bit, but the front rise was just a bit too extreme for us and caused some significant bridging of the saddle - I didn't even ride with it, I just took it off and put it back in the box. If you need a good deal of lift, this pad is probably worth it, with a caveat: I don't know how much the gel would compress down with a rider's weight but unless it squishes down a good bit, my concern would be that if this much lift is needed, you might have an issue with saddle fit that is more than a pad could *or should* fix. Check for bridging before you ride. Depends, as always, on the horse and saddle and rider; consult a saddle fitter if you can, etc. Overall, seems very shock-absorbent and you can hose it down to clean it off. The regular gel (non-lift version) pad might work fine for some extra cushion, but I already have a good sheepskin half pad I can use for that so I won't be trying the flat gel pad out for myself.
A little pricey but my horse seems to be very comfortable with this pad
Product works as advertised. Stated very prominently designed for english saddles but will work with western. I use it on my western saddle and while it just covers the tree points on the withers it would be nice if a larger one was made specifically for western saddles. Again it is very prominently stated for english.
This gel pad fit my 18' dressage saddle perfectly and eliminated the side to side slipping of my saddle. It does not add bulk under the saddle and is shock absorbing without rebound. Very happy with this gel pad.
Okay, first off, this pad is huge. It's very long and very thick and it would be great as an everyday or trail type of pad, but it does NOT work for showing. Pair it with a square or baby pad and you'll be set, just no contoured ones. I ended up having to return it because I bought it for the purpose of showing in Hunters and it just did not work with my 17' CC saddle.If you're looking for something that's thick and squishy, then this is the pad for you, it's not like one of those Thin-line type gel pads, the standard, non-riser version of this pad is probably close to an inch at it's thickest points. There is a nice spine-free channel and the pad has a good 'grip' but it can be kinda weird to pull up into the gullet especially at first because it basically glues it's self to the panels of the saddle. It would probably work a lot easier with a Wintec synthetic type rather than a leather one. It was a bit of a task to pull it off of the cardboard backing it game with because it acted like one of those gel window cling decorations, but honestly it was more amusing than frustrating.I wish I could afford to keep it because it would be a dream for those three hour long trail rides, but alas, that's not possible.If you fit the niche it's works for than you will love this pad...sadly I don't :(
I was excited to find this gel-pad with front riser at a reasonable price in the US.I have used a similiar product only available in the EU for a much higher price.this pad seems as well made if not better ....exactly what I was looking for.
I've used it a couple of times. My horse seems to be comfortable and so am I.
This pad was exactly what I was looking for. I just needed a small lift in the front while my baby horse fills out with out adding bulk. My horse feels better under saddle when I ride with this pad.
I am using this Gel Half Pad for a western saddle. My horse has a contoured back and this pad gives good contact on all parts of the saddle. I like the tackiness of the pad because it stays in place on top of the 1/2' contoured saddle pad. I have tried other bridge pads that have a tendency to slide around. With this one, I have good comfort for my horse and can still use my western pad.
Danielle De Dusselier
This works really well for my High withered TB. And way cheaper than an Ogilvy Half Pad.
really like this; it helps the saddle stay in place
Nice and thick, really does what it advertises, also helps keep your saddle from slipping. Light weight so does not add more to your traveling load!
My older schoolmaster has slight sway to his back and was demonstrating possible back soreness by a shortened gate. I have used the midrise gel pad a few times now and do see an improvement in his lovely forward trot. The gel pad is lightweight and fits well under saddle. should be fine for shows. A real bonus, the saddle stays in place. The very expensive half pad in tried slipped and I was off center most of my ride.
I love this pad to help with shock absorption. It doesn't move around under the saddle or bunch so it's perfect for me. Even when just carrying this around you can feel how it would absorb shock and make riding more comfortable for horses.The only thing I don't love about this saddle pad is its a bit sticky, so when I inevitably drop it on the barn floor, it picks up hay and dust. That said, it's super easy to clean! I just wipe it off with a baby wipe when I drop it. It's a lot easier to deep clean than a traditional pad since it doesn't hold onto hair and dirt as much as a traditional cloth pad. Overall, I am very happy with this pad.
It really seems to work well on my 17 H TB who is fairly narrow at the withers. I have struggled to find pads that keep his back comfortable.in the past. My trainer likes it too and she is super fussy. She even asked if it came in white so we could show with it?
The Kavallerie Gel Half Pad is so much more than I expected! My saddle fits my horse very well, and most half pads add to much bulk where it causes pressure points. I needed something that was just enough cushion to add shock absorption, and the Kavallerie Gel Pad did just that! My horse is extremely happy under it, and I'm happy that she's happy.I am 110% sold on Kavallerie and will continue to promote it during show season :)
We love it it is helping my old mare with her back. We ride western.
These are wonderful, especially if you have multiple horses using the same saddle!
Awesome product, very satisfied
It's an awesome pad!! For my flat withered, flat back Appaloosa it is the best utilizing the center riser style. I was able to eliminate a memory gel pad and reduce the cinching gap. My horse is pleased :)
This pad is the best! Comfy (for me & my horse), doesn't slip and holds the saddle in place even on a rounder horse. I've always had pads slip and got so used to 'straightening' them (pushing down on one stirrup or the other) after a corner or whatever, got tiring! Wonderful! Kind of a 'sticky' type gel material. Just great. Other people at my barn are asking about it... I would not give up this pad...ever!!
Sign up to get the latest on sales, new releases and more …