Durham, NC – Equestrians in the United States have come to rely on products from ThinLine© -- a company known for their technologically advanced shock absorbing saddle pads that give both horse and rider a better ride. Now available throughout the world, equestrians can benefit from ThinLine’s famous technology, as ThinLine distributors are available in countries such as New Zealand, Australia, France, the Czech Republic, Sweden, United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, and Singapore. More countries in central Europe will be carrying ThinLine products every month.
“It’s been an exciting process to watch ThinLine develop an international clientele,” said Elaine Lockhead, President of ThinLine. “We now have distributors in New Zealand and Australia and we have recently obtained exclusive shops in countries such as France and the Czech Republic. And we have more European countries soon to sign on.
ThinLine, which began with their well-known saddle pads, has expanded to include products that range from saddle pads and boots to a complete line of tack. The ThinLine foam is made in the United States and is supple, lightweight, and breathable. The foam features no slip, pressure distributing properties and has multiple benefits and no drawbacks.
Lockhead, an equestrian who spent her early career in advertising, came across ThinLine by accident after she left the corporate world and started riding Lipizzaners. “I was riding these wonderful baroque horses, but was having a horrible time with saddle slippage and had resorted to using foregirths and cruppers, which the horses hated,” Lockhead said. “I was riding at a barn where I came across an old piece of ThinLine so I tried it. Voila! No more saddle slippage.”
As it turns out this was just one of many benefits. “As I continued to use the product I noticed how much better my horse was going and how much it easier it was to sit the trot. I discovered that ThinLine was no longer available, I have been a rider most of my life and had never seen a product do so much as a ThinLine saddle pad could do, and all without any negatives.” Lockhead added.
Lockhead contacted the former owners and arranged to buy ThinLine Inc. “The response from riders was immediate and so overwhelmingly positive,” Lockhead said. “ThinLine pads are different from other pads because they incorporate a unique, open cell technology that moves shock, weight and heat laterally along the pad without compressing. The result is 95% shock absorption in a wafer thin product.”
Lockhead added that the technology of the product encourages your horse to move through his back. “We get calls and emails literally everyday with stories of how ThinLine saddle pads have improved their horse’s movement or their ability to sit their horse’s gaits. These riders tell us they have little or no back pain and that their horses are working better and happier. Communication between horse and rider greatly improves with ThinLine. It’s exciting to think riders all over the world will now be able to drop by their own tack store and buy ThinLine products.”
Five years later the data is in and what drove Lockhead to commit everything to this product is no longer a gut instinct. "With or without saddle fitting shims ThinLine creates a better saddle fit, reduces rider impact, and increases performance in every breed and discipline of horses.” Lockhead said.
For more information on ThinLine and their products, visit their website at www.thinlineinc.com or call 1-888-401-9101.