The Cavallo Western Bridge Saddle Pad is the ideal solution for a saddle that is too tight at the withers yet lifts off at the mid-back. Thinner at the front and rear and raised in the middle, this pad establishes consistent pressure along the horse’s back while easing saddle fit discrepancy.
The unique Four-Density Solution arrests concussion within the pad. The high integrity foam remains thin to provide more room for your horse to move freely.
Firm poly fiber sheets have been inserted alongside the protective memory foam inserts – these poly fiber sheets create internal stability, which serves to further equalize the load in high performance sports. These panels produce an inner equilibrium that even in very active rider movement or saddle stress situations, will allow a more complete utilization of the horse’s scapula. THE PERFECT FIT between horse and rider.
Lightweight and shock absorbing, the Bridge TSP maintains spinal and wither relief throughout the gullet, while ensuring more comfort and stability.
Length: 30” (76 cm)
Width: 32 ” (81 cm)
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The ideal solution for a saddle that is too tight at the withers yet lifts off at mid-back. Thinner at the front and rear and raised in the middle, this pad reestablishes consistent pressure along the horse’s back while easing saddle fit discrepancy. Lightweight and shock absorbing, the Bridge TSP maintains spinal and wither relief throughout the gullet, while ensuring more comfort and stability.
Our Four-Density Solution, plus the performance enhancement (PE) panel, combined with fine finishing details including genuine leather butt joints, nylon bindings and aeration perforations, provides the Ultimate in Saddle Pads, benefiting both horse and rider!
Shock absorbent: it’s not shocking!
- Saves the backs of both horse and rider
- Promotes blood circulation (the slow release memory of the open cell foam creates a gentle massaging action on the horse’s muscle structure)
Improves saddle fit: Fit for Excellence!
- Contracts at pressure points, fills gaps
- Enhances the saddle gullet (protecting the spine)
- Cutback allows wither relief
- More comfort for a saddle which fits perfectly
- Allows one saddle to be used on multiple horses
- Compensates for the changing horses back (different levels of conditioning, natural development over the season and development over the horse’s lifetime)
Thin: Thin is important!
- 4 different material densities creates a thinner pad with greater shock absorption than a pad twice as thick
allows more room for free movement of the scapula (shoulder blade)
Reversible: Effective & Stylish
- New Zealand wool on one side, closed cell shock absorbing foam on the other
- Use either side against the horse; it’s your personal preference!
Patented Nitrex Closed-Cell Foam:Non-PVC foam that has low resilience and low penetration value, resulting in excellent shock absorption, insulation, cushioning and rebound (G-value energy return). Far superior to traditional foams.
- soft and lightweight
Open-Cell Memory Foam to enhance saddle fit:
- releases as the rider shifts weight to vary pressure and gently massage the muscles, promoting healthy circulation
- evenly distributes rider and saddle weight on the muscles
- contracts where the saddle is tight and remains full where the saddle has less contact.
New Zealand Merino Wool:100% Merino Wool carded and consolidated into a dense material. The resulting cloth is then heat-bonded to enhance dimensional stability, durability and abrasion resistance.
high directional stability to maintain shape
- wicks away moisture
- breathable and insulating
Thinking of Losing the Metal Shoes this Spring?It’s spring and the time and I have several friends who usually have their farriers put metal shoes back on for their summer rides. A couple of friends have come to me this year, wondering about keeping their horses barefoot and using boots when needed on the trails - they are on the fence, thinking of losing the metal shoes this Spring, looking for answers. They don't want their horses to be sore and they don’t want to worry about boots coming off. I do have some great pointers I'd love to share with you all about the process of switching to barefoot for good.
You're Halfway There!It’s great that you’re thinking about keeping your horse barefoot! Your horse’s body is designed to function at its best when barefoot hooves can flex and help blood pump and flow throughout his body. With shoes on, your horse’s hooves are limited and can’t spread in the way they were designed. With each step a horse takes, the hoof naturally spreads a bit and draws the sole flat, to provide space for his weight to be absorbed. Your horse is already barefoot now from having his shoes off in the winter, so you’re halfway there on your journey to keep him barefoot and the most comfortable! You can keep your horse barefoot at home and put on his Cavallos any time you ride. Our friend, Heidi Melocco, just made the decision to leave her Quarter Horse, Charlie, barefoot. She now has a set of four Cavallo Trek Hoof Boots for him and uses them whenever he isn’t on his sandy home turf. Reading about her transition process with him will help you in your decision-making, too:
Heidi and Charlie's Barefoot Journey“My new horse Charlie has great hooves,” Heidi says. “They are strong and don’t easily chip. In the past, Charlie showed in reined cow horse and reining competitions, so he has been used to wearing shoes. My goals with him involve riding and maybe even some liberty showing. We also take walks down the dirt roads around our property and I’d like to do more trail riding. I sure don’t want his feet to be sore at any time. He's often at home on great footing in his paddock and sandy arena. He doesn’t need shoes most of the time, so we are seeing how he does as a fully barefoot horse. “I had Charlie’s shoes pulled in the fall so I didn’t have to worry about him slipping on the snow and ice here in Colorado. I don’t have an indoor, so our winter workouts are limited. Just this week, I had the farrier out for spring trims. I also asked him for help to make sure Charlie’s new boots fit him well. I wanted to make sure I had ordered the right size and there would be no slipping at the heel.
Charlie's Farrier Assists in the Transition“Charlie’s hooves were in great shape after the winter and the boots fit perfectly. I was glad because I had measured multiple times to make sure I ordered the right size, but wanted an expert’s opinion. My farrier helped me put them on for the first time. Charlie was great and was very accepting. He did have a few funny steps at first but then walked normally. My farrier did like the idea of adding Cavallo’s Comfort Sleeves or Pastern Wraps to make sure that nothing rubs his legs when he has them on for longer work sessions. “I am glad to have the boots to keep his soles healthy when we move over Colorado’s rocky terrain. These new Treks are so much lighter than the boots I have used in the past. I think of them as his sneakers that we put on when we head down the road. At home, I feel good knowing that he has good footing and really doesn’t need to have anything on. “It felt good to have expert help along the way—and to be able to reach out to the folks at Cavallo, too. They were super helpful and their sizing tips were right on! There are also lots of good resources on the Cavallo site to help in the transition to barefoot process. It feels good to know I’m doing something that’s great for his overall health.” Watch this video I made to find out more about the transition to barefoot HERE! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O93hG__9ytE&t=2s Don't forget to sign up here for our free newsletter and special community discounts: www.cavallo-inc.com/CavalloNews Wishing you happy trails during this beautiful season,
Losing the Metal Shoes This Spring!
As a Member of the Board of Directors for the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (a 165+ mile trail, consisting of eight segments that encircle Lake Tahoe), I am frequently consulted for advice on riding the Trail by horseback. Having only hiked the entire Rim Trail by foot, I have made it my mission to ride it and have chosen to do it on my Kentucky Mountain Spotted Saddle Horse, F&R's Pony Girl. My girl Pony and I began this project last year and have now completed all but two of the segments.
The longest segment of the Tahoe Rim Trail is a 33-mile stretch that runs from the Echo Lakes to Barker Pass, and it is by far the rockiest segment of the eight. Pony and I completed this segment last year in 2 ½ days. We started out this 33-mile segment in a pair of two-year old Cavallo boots. My friends, well . . . they rode that segment in newer Easyboots, which ended up not being so easy. While my friends had difficulties getting their boots on their horses, Pony and I stood and patiently waited. While my friends had difficulties getting their boots to stay on their horses and had to stop to put them back on, Pony and I would take a break and patiently wait. When my friends had to tighten wires and replace lost screws, Pony and I waited. Pony and I walked right through piles and miles of rocks, lakes, streams, boggy meadows, mud and some pretty rugged terrain and never missed a step (or a boot for that matter).
Pony and I have now just finished up another season of riding in those exact same boots (for a total of four years), and I know we are gonna just keep on going. With only two more segments to complete the Rim Trail, Pony and I will not only have made then entire 165+ miles in just one set of (used) Cavallo boots, but we will have ridden lots and lots of other trail miles in those same boots. Pony and I want to thank Cavallo for making such a reliable, easy-to-use and enduring product.
Deby O'Gorman, USA