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post #11 of 24 Old 06-15-2014, 08:08 PM
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If you're going to do endurance, I'd suggest the bareback pad. I've always had it drilled into my head to not use the stirrups on the bareback pads though. I haven't used them so I don't know what the horror stories are about, but yeah. Just be careful. And make sure you have a good seat and your horse won't spook or act up at all. Nothing like a horse spinning and bolting with you on bareback!

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post #12 of 24 Old 06-15-2014, 09:41 PM
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If you're going to do endurance, I'd suggest the bareback pad. I've always had it drilled into my head to not use the stirrups on the bareback pads though. I haven't used them so I don't know what the horror stories are about, but yeah. Just be careful. And make sure you have a good seat and your horse won't spook or act up at all. Nothing like a horse spinning and bolting with you on bareback!

Good luck!
There's a few issues with stirrups on bareback pads.

First, they provide a false sense of security to the rider.

Second, your foot can easily become tangled in the stirrup should your horse spook or bolt, and since there's nothing keeping you on the horse (not like the cantle and swells of a saddle), you're likely to be dragged.

Third, and most important, the stirrups are attached to the same band of webbing that the girth is attached to. This creates a concentrated pressure point on the horse's back because the stirrups take the majority of the rider's weight. Instead of the weight being even distributed across the back, as it would be in a saddle, you instead of the majority of the weight concentrated on a 2-3" wide band across the horse's back. This can lead to major issues.
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post #13 of 24 Old 06-16-2014, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the input! I did get to try it out yesterday and it went well, but not ideal as I was hoping for. I don't know that's he's ever been ridden bareback, but he was nice and calm and didn't walk off when I first got on which he always does with the saddle. Now I'm thinking the reason for that is discomfort related, which makes me feel bad. I rode him around for about 15 minutes in the arena and all I can say is I'm not as good as I once was! His trot is much more bouncy than my old QH, I gripped with my thighs to lift me up a bit so I wasn't crashing down on his back or anything but my lack of ideal balance became evident when doing circles trotting. I'm not terrible but definitely have work to do! Also when I dismounted I noticed the pad had slipped back a bit. Not a good thing if I am to do 5-10 mile rides.

So my consensus is that saddle or not, I will do some bareback work to improve my balance and seat, along with muscles because you need those! However I am feeling it is not going to work solely. Kind of sucks because I haven't sold my Crosby yet. Evilamc may have an Aussie saddle that will work for him, I sen her a wither tracing with measurements to give us an idea. If all else fails I will send in either tracings to a saddlery or saddle fitter to help us figure out what would work for him. Sigh!
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post #14 of 24 Old 06-17-2014, 09:39 AM
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For years I rode my "bareback designed" horse on trail rides. People have the idea a bareback rider's pelvic bones dig in and create sore spots. When you think about it, bareback riders move around a fair amount because they aren't restricted by the saddle. Only when bareback could I get my boy to lift his back and do an incredibly floaty trot. If you want to firm up your tush, squeeze your butt muscles when trotting.
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post #15 of 24 Old 06-17-2014, 02:23 PM
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Check with ride management for rides in your area about their rules.. many rides up here require a saddle. When I had the girth issue with George at Vermont last year, finishing the ride bareback was not an option, as saddles were required.
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post #16 of 24 Old 06-20-2014, 03:47 PM
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Guess I'm fortunate that I've never had a ride manager say anything. Perhaps I'll get a medical note from my Rheumatologist to carry with me just in case. I believe ADA guidelines would still be in effect. Especially if my health holds up and I start prepping for 75-100s in 2015-16.

Atom, it did take me a full year of trail riding bareback before I was confident in my abilities again. And I had ridden bb throughout my teen years! Sometimes you will see me holding mane for security during the first part of the ride. When everyone's cantering and the horses are darting and jumping eroded areas.

But now I can even handle finishing out green spooky horses bareback. Stick on like glue :)
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post #17 of 24 Old 06-20-2014, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Perhaps I just need practice! Sure beats not riding at all. Either way I feel at least "some" bareback riding can benefit everybody. My pad does seem to slip back a little bit, it doesn't have D rings for a breast collar but I could probably add those on? From the flyers I've read for rides I'm interested in it hasn't said anything about requiring a saddle, only a helmet.
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post #18 of 24 Old 06-21-2014, 01:12 PM
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If your bb pad has the loop at the withers, just hook your breast collar through that and hook it to western girth ring.

I think it comes down that you have to finish your ride in the equipment you started out with. (Except for changing out girth/ saddle blanket at vet check)
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post #19 of 24 Old 06-21-2014, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Well today I am embarking on my first trail ride on Bandit bareback. My old horse I didn't use a saddle for years, but I was also a better rider and was used to him after many years! Hopefully I will still be alive to report back LOL. I am meeting a friend out there so I won't be alone for long. Not going to trot much, just a good long walk mostly. Drinking a little bit of liquid courage and I'm out! I don't believe there is a strap on the pad but I will have to double check when I'm out there, even so my only current breast plate is a heavy western style... I'd like to get a more English style that goes over the withers. One day when I'm not poor.
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