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post #1 of 31 Old 09-06-2011, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Question Bareback advice please?

Hi all!

So, this is my very first post and I was hoping I could get some advice on something.

I often ride my Appaloosa gelding bareback but to prevent getting so sweaty and sticky, plus to have a more comfortable seat, I've been looking for a bareback pad to purchase. I went searching and really like this Best Friend brand one.
Western Bareback Pad, Horse Pad

Would anyone recommend this particular brand? Also, at first I wanted something with stirrups, because I have trouble trotting/loping correctly without bouncing all over the place & keeping my balance without them, but went looking and found several people warning against it, saying it's dangerous because they'd cause you to slip sideways without a breast collar or that they just take away the whole purpose of bareback riding. Would you all agree with that? Should I just stick to stirrup-less like in the link?
And if you don't like the Best Friend one, feel free to suggest other quality pads. I really like the pockets, color variation, and front handle of this one though.

Thanks for reading & I'd appreciate any helpful information! :)
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I don't know the Best Friend one. The one I have came from some catalog or other; it's neoprene on the bottom and has a corduroy-like top. Pretty simple and cheap, but it's nice because it doesn't slip.

I've only ridden in one bareback pad that was safe with stirrups. It was custom made, with actual English girth attachments, real stirrup leathers and irons, a leather top, regular pad bottom. Super comfortable, safe, and just plain awesome.
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I havent rode my horse bareback but other people has rode my horse bareback and he does great he is smooth and gentle when rode on bareback
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I don't know the Best Friend one. The one I have came from some catalog or other; it's neoprene on the bottom and has a corduroy-like top. Pretty simple and cheap, but it's nice because it doesn't slip.

I've only ridden in one bareback pad that was safe with stirrups. It was custom made, with actual English girth attachments, real stirrup leathers and irons, a leather top, regular pad bottom. Super comfortable, safe, and just plain awesome.
Thanks so much for the recommendations. I'll be sure try checking them out. :)
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i havent rode my horse bareback but other people has rode my horse bareback and he does great he is smooth and gentle when rode on bareback
Oh, well, you should try it, it's lots of fun. :) Mine is very gentle while I ride him bareback too.
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I don't know about that particular pad, but I bought a saddle pad because the gelding I like to ride bareback has extremely high, killer-boney whithers and he's super lean, just doesn't have a lot of width to him naturally. But he's super catty, and he'll get right out from under you.

I've never had a problem with my bareback pad slipping. It's a nice tool to have. There are certain horses I will ride without one, but it saves you from getting dirty a sweaty, ruining your jeans, getting it all on your legs, and it gives the horse some cushion too.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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I put a breast collar on mine, I attach it to dome D rings I had my saddle repair guy sew on their. Stirrups = BIG NO NO.
Super dangerous, and you ride bareback to improve your seat, and to keep you from using your stirrups the whole time you are riding:P

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I don't know about that particular pad, but I bought a saddle pad because the gelding I like to ride bareback has extremely high, killer-boney whithers and he's super lean, just doesn't have a lot of width to him naturally. But he's super catty, and he'll get right out from under you.

I've never had a problem with my bareback pad slipping. It's a nice tool to have. There are certain horses I will ride without one, but it saves you from getting dirty a sweaty, ruining your jeans, getting it all on your legs, and it gives the horse some cushion too.
Thank you! Yes, I figured I'd like using one a bit better for the reasons you listed, so I'll definitely be buying one soon.
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I put a breast collar on mine, I attach it to dome D rings I had my saddle repair guy sew on their. Stirrups = BIG NO NO.
Super dangerous, and you ride bareback to improve your seat, and to keep you from using your stirrups the whole time you are riding:P
Okay, I see. I'll make sure to avoid the stirrups then. Thanks for the help. :)
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Not ALL bareback pads with stirrups are dangerous. Just depends on the make.

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