This pad was developed to fit in the area directly behind and on either side of the wither to fill in the hollow area on high-withered horses or horses who have muscle atrophy due to being ridden in a hollow manner. It prevents the saddle from bridging and causing pressure soreness at the scapula. This can also help with a high-withered horse whose saddle continues to slip back.
Four layers of closed cell foam are contained within pockets that fall to either side of the horse's spine; these are secured close by strips of velcro. Another strip of velcro is on the underside of the pad, down the center spine. We supply a matching strip of velcro loop fastening to be gluded to the appropriate spot on the top of any other saddle pad. This permits the rider to attach the Have-a-Heart to the top side of any other saddle pad you may choose. Our system permits you to custom fit the padding to the amount of dip in your horse's back by removing a layer of cushioning. Developing and strengthening your horse's back will assure many extra years of pain-free riding.
Does your horse have a sway through the back?
I really like the idea of this bridge pad. I haven’t been able to try it on my horse due to weather. I think it will work great and I like the option that I can remove the layers of padding as needed. Really well made. Extremely fast shipping!
Very nice product, easy to adjust and position.
I looked at many types of bridge pads before I bought this one. Basically, it was the price and the fact that I could take out inserts to change the depth. We have a 24 yr old MFT who has lost some of the muscling on either side of her withers and down either side of her spine. Our saddles do not fit her as they once did. I would have given this pad 5* if it had been longer and easier to hold in place while you are putting the saddle on top of it. I am going to use the Velcro and eventually stick it to what will become her pad, but it was pretty awkward trying to get it in the right place while putting the saddle on as well.
Nice addition to our tack.
It seems to be working well.