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Roma ProTek Wither Relief Pad

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Roma's ProTek Wither Relief Pad has been a staple in every barn for over 20 years! Molded to fit high up into the saddle channel to give your horse comfortable cushioning while allowing the spine and withers to be free of pressure, it offers ultra-thin and lightweight protection for your horse's back. The closed cell foam material won’t absorb moisture, making it easy to keep clean. Finally, it’s available in either lift front or lift back to suit your saddle and your horse’s build. The front lift provides 1/2” lift in front while continuing to support the full length of the saddle while the back lift provides 1/2” lift to balance the back of the saddle while avoiding pressure to the withers. 

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  • Provides thin, lightweight protection for your horse's withers for more comfort under saddle
  • Available in either lift front or lift back to suit your saddle and your horse's build
  • Front lift provides 1/2" lift in front while continuing to support the full length of the saddle
  • Back lift provides 1/2" lift to balance the back of the saddle while avoiding pressure to the withers
  • Closed cell foam that won't absorb moisture means it is easy to keep clean
  • Fits all styles of English saddles

 

Key Specifications
  • Material: Closed cell foam
  • Spine Measurement: 21"
  • Drop Measurement:
  • Style: Any
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Sizing

Measures approx 18" in length
One size fits most saddles
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Specifications

Material Closed cell foam
Spine Measurement 21"
Drop Measurement
Billet Straps/Girth Loops None
Style Any
Special Features Lift front, lift back or no lift options
Customizable No
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    Roma ProTek Wither Relief Pad is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 136.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made for a great saddle fit I bought this because I did a saddle fitting with the chiropractor. He is the one recommended getting this.
    Date published: 2017-09-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect solution! Great product! This light weight, soft, high wither relief pad was the perfect choice for my elderly shark finned Saddlebred gelding. I chose the lift back style to accomodate his low/sway back. It gives him just the right amount of fill under the saddle. This pad works really well used on top of a lightweight, high wither, baby pad. My guy seems to move much more freely and happier!
    Date published: 2017-08-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooo Comfy =0) Perfect for my high withered appendix still developing his top line. It is comfy and fit perfect under saddle. I used it between my pad and half pad.
    Date published: 2017-08-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Durable, lightweight, economical, perfect! This is exactly what I needed for my high withered TB that doesn't have an outrageous price.
    Date published: 2017-07-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works beautifully My young horse is croup high and I just needed 1/2" of lift in the front of an existing saddle to have it fit well. This pad did the trick perfectly! The material is firm but flexible, easy to clean, lightweight, and fits securely between the saddle and saddle pad - no shifting. My dressage saddle is a 16.5 size and this pad extends past the end of the saddle by 1/4-1/2".
    Date published: 2017-06-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!!! Bought this a few weeks ago and it's perfect for what I need! I wanted something cushy but not bulky, and a little lift in the back. The bonus is the wither relief! I have a TB made who needs the cushioning and wither relief and my saddle needs just a touch of lift in the back. This product fit all my needs!
    Date published: 2017-03-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for high-withered TBs I got this for my high and skinny withered TB mare nearly a year ago after a bad infection on her withers which left a huge scar that causes it to bleed again every time I rode her. I use this pad every time I ride her and never had any more hairs rubbed off of her. The only con about this pad is that it is slightly too small for my 17.5" saddle. Hope this helps :).
    Date published: 2017-02-14
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Roma Pro Tek Wither Relief Ok this may be a great pad for other horses but with my horse and saddle it did not work. It actually rose way to up in the back. I did not like it and either did my horse. I cannot say it was a good pad or bad...it did not work for my horse and me.
    Date published: 2016-12-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great size. I found this lifted the font of my saddle just the right amount and seemed comfortable for my horse - however I found this made my saddle slip! A lot! I put it between my saddle and a felt pad.
    Date published: 2016-10-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It seems to work Bought this to use with a saddle that is too wide for our mare. She developed a sore back from ill fitting saddle. Have used it s couple of times and seems to be working. Not sure how long it will last as material doesn't look to be very strong... but so far so good
    Date published: 2016-10-11
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too thick- made saddle fit improperly I purchased this to help level out the front of my saddle but it ended up being too thick and my saddle didn't fit through the withers and shoulder after.
    Date published: 2016-09-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Noce pad for the money I actually bought the wrong one but kept it any way. Nice pad stays in place easy to clean. I cannot attest to the durability yet so I'm not sure how it will hold up in everyday riding.
    Date published: 2016-09-11
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Extremely poor quality Tore at top on first useage - I need to return had purchased 7 for my riding school.
    Date published: 2016-08-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Functions as advertised For my older high-withered mare this saddle pad is just perfect! We ride in rugged mountain terrain and she is traveling better than ever. It fits well under my Australian saddle and never slips. Great product!
    Date published: 2016-08-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought the pad a month ago and I'm happy I did. My horse has a low back so he needs the extra support when having a saddle on his back. We used it at the training barn he was at, but with relocating I decided to buy one of my own. It fit him perfectly, just needs to mold to his body but after a few more uses it will surely do that.
    Date published: 2016-07-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does the trick I bought this to take some of the pressure off my reining horses shoulders as my saddle sits down pretty low in her . I also felt a little forward in the saddle . The extra support seems to have resolved both issues . I put this pad on top of my regular western saddle pad and didn't have problems with slippage , but I didn't do much in the way of agressive riding .
    Date published: 2016-07-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works for me with no fuss. I bought this pad because I needed to raise the saddle in the front for the saddle fit for myself, and it worked just right for me and the horse. It doesn't slide either.
    Date published: 2016-07-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product at an affordable price! Finally, I found something that alleviates the pressure on my horse's withers! I have bought expensive saddle pads and while those helped, they didn't work as advertised. I've used this once, and I could tell a huge difference when my horse ran!
    Date published: 2016-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfy This shoulder relief pad was exactly what I was looking for . It is pretty much invisible to the eye. It dose not slip or shift. It dose not bunch up under saddle. I would buy it again .
    Date published: 2016-06-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Makes a good saddle fit better This is the 2nd pad like this that I bought. I have 2 horses and they share saddles, but one has higher withers than the other... Needless to say, one needs the front lift, and the other needs the rear lift. I like the pad a lot. It's lightweight, looks fine with my saddle pads, and really helps with saddle fit. It gets dirty easy in the tack room but is made of foam so cleans off easily. A very good item for the price.
    Date published: 2016-05-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great pad! I bought this pad because my saddle didn't fit properly. My Morab gelding is getting older and starting to get a bit of a dip in his back! The wither relief was perfect. I wish the back lift was a bit higher but that is specific to my problem. It was the perfect solution for me since I couldn't justify the purchase of a new saddle at this time.
    Date published: 2015-10-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great Raises the saddle off the withers quite a lot without adding too much bulk under the saddle. Rescue thoroughbred has atrophied muscle and the Mt. Everest of withers, so was worried that it wouldn't raise the saddle enough, but it did. Molding of the plastic isn't great, with messy seams, but is good value for money.
    Date published: 2015-08-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does the Job I bought this as a temporary fix to help my current saddle fit my horse better until our new dreamboat saddle arrived. A big help to him--he would actually give me a sitting trot; before the rear panels would bump him in the back, driving him forward. Great product and reasonably priced. Will definitely be keeping for my tack room even once I sell my old saddle!
    Date published: 2015-08-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does Its Job This is a good, basic wither relief pad at a very reasonable price. The foam seems to get dirty somewhat easily and tends to dent, but is much cheaper than the pads with removable shims. My only complaint is that the foam is very thick at the withers - I would have liked it a little thinner but my guess is it will thin out a bit with time.
    Date published: 2015-06-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice pad I like how the half pad cushions the horse's back without adding bulk. The lift back puts the saddle in a better position. I bought white and would definitely buy this again.
    Date published: 2015-05-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saddle Fits Great! I purchased this improve the saddle fit on the Thoroughbred I ride with high withers. Not only is it cheap, but it works! I've used it about 3 or 4 times now, and love it! It makes the saddle fit so much better, and is barely visable underneath the saddle!
    Date published: 2015-04-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good wither relief pad I love these pads, economical and great wither relief
    Date published: 2015-04-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Did exactly what it's suppose to I purchased the lift insert to level out my daughters saddle. It works perfectly. My only suggestion is to NOT put it directly against the horses back. Stack the saddle pad, then insert and then the saddle. At first I stacked the insert then saddle pad and then the saddle and two of my horses bucked with it.
    Date published: 2015-04-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good foam support Nice lightweight foam provides a nice back cushion that my horse seems to appreciate.
    Date published: 2015-03-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this pad! This pad has just enough lift to help my saddle sit more evenly on my horse. The foam is soft but still supportive. I haven't owned it for very long so i can't comment or give a good rating on durability yet.
    Date published: 2015-02-13
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