This pad is anatomically shaped, offers excellent shcock absorption properties, and provides a front riser for saddles requireing stabilization and additional padding. The new thermoplastic material offers a low-profile but highly effective and extremely lightweight padding, without creating bulk under the saddle. The innovative structure of these pads has a multitude of little bulges with lateral holes permitting afree flowing, horizontally directed air circulation. The main benefit of this structure is that the bulges create a shock absorbing every time they are compressed and released by the movement of the horse. As a secondary benefit, this compression and release process generates a flow of refreshing air which keeps the back of the horse dry.