Touted as revolutionary and space age, the Corrector Pad by Len Brown, is more a saddle pad system than a standalone product. The heart of the system is an inner pad holding four plastic “shields” that provide the necessary distribution of pressure from the saddle and rider. These shields are slightly curved to match the shape of the horse and also are vented with numerous holes to allow adequate ventilation. Thanks to the concave cut the inner pad fits a horse’s back without bunching and an elliptical opening at the top further acts to relieve pressure and heat along the horse’s spine. This inner pad then slips inside an outer pad, or envelope. The outer pad is again, contoured to fit the horse’s back and continues with the elliptical top opening for heat and pressure relief. Together both pads are remarkably thin and lightweight with no unnecessary bulk that could interfere with saddle fit.
Our test rig included the Corrector Pad, an outer pad, or sock, cut for an Australian saddle, and 8 adjustment shims. First impressions were favorable. When we unpacked the Corrector we were impressed with the quality of the materials. All of the various pieces/parts were well constructed with heavy duty materials.
Fitting the pad to the horse and trying to determine if the included shims were needed caused a bit of initial confusion that the Corrector website (www.thecorrector.net) didn’t help in resolving. Ultimately, we went without using the supplied shims as our test horse has a relatively straight back without issues.
As of the date of writing the Corrector Pad has approximately 18 hours of saddle time comprised of two arena sessions of one hour each and three trail rides. Each trail ride lasted about 4 hours and covered about 15 miles through the rolling foothills of the eastern Cascade mountain range.
Prior to each ride the horse’s back was palpated for soreness with none being discovered. After each ride the horses back was palpated again. No soreness was presented either immediately after the rides or the following day. Even sweat patterns were evident on the horse’s back with the spine being sweat free where the ventilation cuts in the Corrector Pad system did their job.
Our subjective thoughts on the Corrector Pad are that it’s a very nice, well made, saddle pad that evenly distributes saddle pressure while allowing heat to escape. The concave cut of the pad means that there are no issues with bunching of fabric and allow for a close contact ride.
Bottom line: The TrailMeister approves this pad.
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