Seat Savers - Zalea (full coverage)

Ghost makes Wool and Sheepskin seat savers that are designed to fit perfectly to your saddle's seat size and model shape.

The Zalea is a full coverage seat saver that attaches to your saddle with sturdy velcro straps that are set between your saddle's base and panels. Additionally, the saddle's flap fits into a built-in pocket on the seat saver, this ensures it will not shift or bunch under your legs.

Seat Savers aid to prevent skin irritations like chafing and rub marks, if you have any sensitivity to your saddle's seat or where your leg rests on your saddle's flap. They are a fantastic accessory that offers some cush for your tush!

Zalea's are offered in several choices of material:
(1) Wool Blend that comes in either Black or Brown and covers the saddle's seat and flaps, but not the thigh blocks.
(2) Vella is medical grade synthetic lambskin. It's easy to care for and offers a soft, breathable barrier between you and your saddle's seat. Vella is only offered in white and covers the saddle's seat, flaps, and thigh blocks.
(3) Standard Sheepskin is offered in either natural, black, or brown. It is low profile and measures approximately 1/2" (1 cm) thick. It covers the saddle's seat and flaps, but not the thigh blocks.
(4) Medicinal Natural Sheepskin is a cream/yellow tan color, the sheared wool length measures approximately 1 Inch (2.54 cm) thick. Sheepskin is more durable and comfortable than it's synthetic alternatives. It covers the saddle's seat, flaps, and thigh blocks.
(5) Exclusive Sheepskin is offered in a wide variety of densities, long fibers, colors and patterns. It covers the saddle's seat, flaps, and thigh blocks. Pelt inventory changes often. If this option is selected, you will be contacted to choose from the available pelts currently available.

All Zalea options are custom ordered from Italy. They are not eligible for exchange or return. The turnaround time varies, but is most often approximately two months.

The website automatically charges a flat $10.95 shipping fee. Larger accessories, such as full seat savers, are sent via UPS and the shipping cost varies based on location. You will be contacted by me to approve an exact shipping amount.

If you don't see exactly what you're looking for, please reach out to me to discuss how we can get the perfect pad built for you!

(Seat size is measured English. Subtract 2" to get the equivalent in Western sizing)

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Questions or would like more info? Contact Amanda at:

Phone:  (719) 641-9580                             


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Velcro wedge to reduce seat size about 2cm (1/2-3/4"). It has a bit of cushion as well. One of the great features of Ghost saddles is that since the seat is removable, it's possible to change the shape and size of the seat for the rider. Ghost makes a nice velcro wedge to reduce the seat about 1/2" - 3/4" of an inch. It's cushy as well. I also have some homemade wool felt pieces I make that can do the job as well as have addition features for growing/changing riders. They're two pieces, one 1/2", one 1/4" that can be used together or separately for 1/4" incremental changes. Great for people who change weight through the year or growing kids or also people who share saddles. If you're between seat sizes, using seat reducers, pommel bolster, and a seat saver can all have an effect and the seat reducers and bolster also have a small effect on creating a deeper seat - see the pic with the felt reducers.

Pommel bolster

Can affect the rider's pelvis tilt, refines the twist, and slightly deepens the seat.


Shims are a fantastic resource to help ensure proper fit and balance of the saddle for both horse and rider.

Shims aid in support and adjust for a better saddle fit by lifting the front of the saddle off the horse's shoulders, allowing better working range of motion and avoiding the rider placing unintentional pressure and stress near the withers. Shims can offer the necessary lift to balance the rider and avoid putting the horse on his forehand.

Depending upon where your horse's anatomy and motion affect the saddle's placement and movement, the rider may feel tipped forward in their saddle's seat, shims can assist in leveling out the saddle.

Additionally, as your horse's physique changes, shims are intended to be modified and adjusted to assist in maintaining balance if a horse is downhill, has one shoulder larger than the other, starts or stops consistently in exercise, changes shape with growth or aging, etc.

If your horse has one shoulder larger than the other, add shims the side of the smaller shoulder. Panel shims or pad shims work best to correct this issue.

If your horse is downhill, pocket shims provide the biggest lift to the front of the saddle and work best to correct this issue.

There are three different types of shims that work well with Ghost saddles:

(1) Felt Panel Shims. These shims are designed to be inserted into the front of the Velcro opening inside the saddle's panels. These soft shims are minimalistic and provide a clean look since they're placed inside the equipment and are not visible once installed. Sold as a set of four, use one set for a 1/4" lift or both together for a 1/2" lift.

(2) Felt Pad Shims. These shims are designed to be are inserted into the front of the saddle pad. This option is ideal switching the saddle between horses and only one of them needs shims. These shims are layered on top of the saddle pad inserts. Sold as a set of four, use one set for a 1/4" lift or both together for a 1/2" lift.

(3) Velcro Pocket Shims. These are a 2cm thick wedged shim and cut from the same material the Ghost saddle pad inserts are made of. They're placed on the underside of the saddle's base and provide the biggest lift of all the shim types. Velcro pocket shims are designed to be used with both Ghost panels and the Ghost western skirt.