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        02-22-2012, 08:29 PM
      #21
    Foal
    I used to run poles and barrels bareback, have rode bareback most of my life. These days I usually use a bareback pad with another pad under it. As a kid I didn't own a saddle or a bareback pad for many years. I used to do all my jumping bareback too, the highest I went was 4 foot totally bareback. Last week I had my Icelandic gaiting at 20 MPR and all I had on her was a bareback pad. I am getting a little older now, but still enjoy bareback.
         
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        02-25-2012, 01:01 AM
      #22
    Yearling
    Depends on how much you ride. Short time frames aren't likely to make much difference with a fit horse. Would recomment a pad usually just to give some buffer between the spine. I've ridden bareback to catch cattle that got out. 20, 30 minutes of bareback never seemed to have much negative effect.
    If you plan to ride all day I'd stick with a well fitting saddle that has significant weight displacement. There is a reason endurance and long distance riders use saddles with trees or frames that are fitted to the horse. Poorly fitting saddles and bare back can both give a horse a sore back after awhile. I would never recommend riding 100 miles over a few days bare back. But few people do that amount of riding
         

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