In my quest to find a good fitting saddle for Flash Jr's pony, I stumbled upon Les Brown's website thecorrector.net. ***I take everything with a grain of salt*** He is obviously promoting his saddle pad. I always thought that bridging was not a good thing, and you want a saddle to have consistent contact through the horse's back. However, he makes a good point that a horse's back changes shape as the horse moves and of course, a saddle tree does not. Specifically, he indicated that when a horse lifts or rounds through the back, it would fill the hollow spot that we call bridging. I would LOVE to see some diagrams or photos of the muscles in a horse's back as it moves. Any thoughts?
I have seen a "crafty" saddle fitter put on one saddle (the saddle the owner currently owned) on to a horse's back and pronounce that the saddle bridges, then put another saddle (the one she was selling) on the horses back and goose him on the belly so that he rounded his back and then say that saddle fit better than the one the person currently owned!
Are you asking if it's true that a well-fitting saddle may bridge slightly when a horse is standing relaxed, but not when working, as the horse's back rounds up? Yes, I've heard that's true.
In fact, I could feel the slightest bit of a bridge by running my hands under the panel of my paint horse's new saddle when he was standing still, but when I put a white cloth under it and rode him in it, the bridging didn't show up in the marks on the cloth. Neither did any pressure points.
Or are you asking about the CorrecTOR pad and Len Brown's *cough* philosophy of whatever-it-is-he's-on-about?
"We're only trying to understand what you want, people. If we're not supposed to actually lunge at you, you need to name it something else." - Dear Murray
Friend of mine actually got on the phone with Len not long ago when she ws coming to grips with the fact that her old Ortho Flex just wasnt working for her very wide but very short backed MFT. She said it took her forever for him to get his brain wrapped around what she was telling him about the saddle being too long. He kept advising her about the damn corrector pad and the flex panels and the booties and what all and not hearing TOO LONG. So from that and the advertisements I would guess he's got a motormouth, attentional problems, and likely a lithium deficiency, too.