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 he or she 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 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.
I ordered an Imus 4 Beat saddle for my American Saddlebred mare, who is A-Framed with some atrophy around her withers from age and many other contributors, and with the advise of the team at Phoenix Rising Saddles they suggested using this with the saddle and saddle pad. It has been amazing to see how with the proper fitting saddle and the help of the have a heart pad her muscles are rebuilding and I am hoping that soon we may not need to use it any longer. Thank you!!!
I had watched an Imus video and then inspected by horses back. I had not paid close enough attention but did find the need for a bridge pad. I have used it 6 times and again found this pad to work in freeing my horse's shoulders. I also believe it has helped my posture.