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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec. 20, 2007

    Default Can someone explain saddle bridging to me please?

    Just looking for more info on the hows and whys of saddle bridging, and if there can be anything done about it to make the saddle fit? Thanks

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec. 1, 2005


    Bridging is when the saddle touches at the withers and under the back of the cantle but there is open air under the center of the saddle. When the rider sits in the saddle, it jams the front and back of the saddle tree into the horses back causing significant pain. Not much can be done to help this issue short of a new saddle. Sorry. Much easier to fit a rocking saddle temporarily.
    Begin as you mean to continue.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep. 7, 2010


    The description above is accurate. However, depending on how severely it is bridging (could be anywhere from the above description of "air" under the saddle or just less pressure in the center than the back and front of the panels), a saddle fitter can work on it if it is wool flocked and should be able to fill in the panels to even out the contact.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep. 13, 2002
    Pacific Northwest


    A slight bridge at standstill can also be okay, as the horse may get somewhat rounder in work and fill in that gap.

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