Free your horse to move as nature intended! The delicate cartilage, bones, and tissues of the equine sternum vary vastly from the sternum of a human, and with this anatomy in mind the Tota Comfort System has developed an ergonomically correct design intended to liberate the horse from any restrictions caused by standard girths. The TCS Sternum Relief Dressage Girth addresses the complicated system that supports the horse’s internal organs, redistributing pressure away from this sensitive area.
As a compliment to the popular Tota Comfort System bridle design, which uses curved cheek pieces to reduce pressure along the poll, facial nerves, and TMJ joint, the Tota Comfort Girth follows in the same vein, taking into account the torque and weight distribution of a rider and saddle on the sternum and underside of a performance horse. By protecting the sternum and delicate connections of the true ribs from excess pressure, the Sternum Relief Dressage Girth provides superior comfort for the horse, as well as liberates the midsection, shoulders and forelimbs. The wide, stiff section of the TCS Dressage Girth is contoured and padded, providing support and freedom of movement. The equine sternum is solid as it doesn’t have any joints between the small bones, but it is not a single ridged structure. A girth that doesn’t distribute force away from this tender area can adversely affect a horse and its way of moving.
Hokan Thorn, a decorated dressage competitor, recently began using the TCS Dressage Girth on one of his FEI mounts, Django (Jazz X Flemmingh). “This horse is a very large mover, and has an extremely sensitive back,” said Thorn. “Since putting him in the TCS Dressage Girth, the tightness in his back dissipated, and he seems to be more comfortable and moving more naturally.” The 9-year-old KWPN gelding, with Thorn in the irons, recently competed in the Intermediare II with scores through 69%.
“Expanding our Comfort System offerings to other tack items was a natural step,” stated Charles Tota, founder of the Tota Comfort System. “Our noseband has made a huge difference for riders struggling with tension in the mouth or who simply want their horse to be more comfortable as they perform. As any rider knows, any discomfort in one part of the body can translate to tension and stiffness elsewhere, and we are seeking to give the horse the most anatomically correct and comfortable ride possible.”
A patent pending, revolutionary bridle and tack design intended to improve comfort for the horse and connection for the rider, the Tota Comfort System Noseband creates stability in the jaw, reduces poll pressure, and alleviates stress on the tempromandibular joint (TMJ) and facial nerves. Improving lightness and harmony in the contact was the inspiration behind its inception, as Olympians Ashley Holzer and Sue Blinks sought to improve unsteadiness caused by traditional bridle designs. The unnecessary pressure applied to the poll, facial nerves, and TMJ decreased the horse’s comfort and ability to step freely into the bridle, detracting from overall performance. Holzer and Blinks brought their ideas on improving the traditional bridle structure to Charles Tota of The Dressage Connection, and together the three devised a curved cheek piece and stabilizing chin strap to alleviate pressure and increase the horse’s comfort. The FEI and — USEF approved the Tota Comfort System just before the 2016 winter circuit in Wellington, Florida, and the benefits of the advanced bridle design has brought improved comfort and connection to dressage arenas around the world. Available as a complete bridle system or noseband attachment, the Tota Comfort System is offered exclusively through its website and retail partners.
The Tota Comfort System Sternum Relief Girth expands the principles that inspired its bridle designs to girths. Featuring large roller buckles, strong elastic webbing on both sides, and rolled leather to prevent rubbing, elegant piping also highlights the wide center section. Available in 24-30 inch sizes, and black or brown colors (upon request). Visit our shop page for more information and to place your order.
Story by Equinium.com.