Most professional trainers and riders will agree that without buying a custom made saddle for every horse you ride the correct pad is your only salvation. Knowing that saddles are made for the average back we are faced with the frustrating task of accommodating it to the horse. The perfect saddle fit will reduce stress by putting uniform pressure on the horse's back. The spine and withers of course should bear no weight at all. As simple as it may sound it's not. Horses come in different shapes and sizes just as people. The Pro-Tech closed cell perforated inserts in the Cush-N-Air pad act as shims redistributing the weight over a large area thereby reducing the pressure per square inch.~@~@~@~@~@Cush-N-Air: The greatest possible PROTECTION from soring & abrasion. ~@Completely WASHABLE - Rinse off with hose. ~@LIGHTWEIGHT ~@Firm cusion SHAPES NATURALLY. ~@This pad keeps a COOLER BACK using less energy inperspiration - will increase endurance. ~@Contoured to fit the horse's back for a more comfortable fit keeping a CLOSE CONTACT. ~@The Cush-N-Air Pad is a TOTAL PADDING SYSTEM designed to be used without an over or under pad.