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    01-06-2013, 10:12 PM
  #11
Yearling
That's true about the latigo.

Pretty decoy, can you really hang gear off the baretek western pad or we are the laces there for appearance only?
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    01-06-2013, 10:28 PM
  #12
Yearling
I've only ever used the parelli pad because that's the only one we have. I like it because it doesnt slip and it has kind of a handle so when I was first starting to ride bareback I could re-center myself when I got off balenced. The only thing I don't like is in the summer I want to wear shorts when I ride bareback but the parelli pad has a leather strip that rubs.
     
    01-06-2013, 11:47 PM
  #13
Yearling
If your putting all your weight in the stirrups you aren't riding correct anyway, same with the slipping. If you are that dependent on your stirrups then I agree they aren't a good idea, but for someone with an independent seat is perfectly fine. Like I said all tack in the wrong hands can be hazardous. My stirrups are set very nicely and I have no problems with them. Mine arent set forward at all and has a very wide strap that is very secure. It doesn't make my mare sore either. As long as she is comfortable I will continue to use them. And no they arent cut out for every horse either. Like all tack it is based off of that particular horse. Treeless saddles only have a bit more support than bareback pads and I honestly don't see a difference but that is my opinion. The tree is designed to distribute weight evenly across the horses back, once that's gone pressure points can develop anywhere. No im not against treeless either but the argument is still the same as bareback with stirrups or half trees. You take away the main support and there is a chance of pressure points. Doesnt mean it will happen but the risk goes up, stirrups or no stirrups. There are pros and cons to all tack. You buy cheap, you get cheap. I LOVE my pad with stirrups and have converted people by letting them try it. Stirrups are not bad.
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    01-07-2013, 12:04 AM
  #14
Yearling
Countrylove, what type of pad do you use? I'm glad it works for you!
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    01-07-2013, 12:23 AM
  #15
Yearling
I don't remember the brand off the top of my head but tomorrow I'll go out to the tack shed and look. I got it off of Craigslist for the kids to use and ended up keeping it for myself :) I have seen cheaply made pads with stirrups that I would never ride in, same goes for saddles. I got lucky to find a really nice pad.
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    01-07-2013, 09:35 AM
  #16
Showing
I use Comfort Plus Bareback Pad for several years already. And I agree - don't get one with stirrups!
     
    01-07-2013, 12:19 PM
  #17
Yearling
All these people who are so adamant on no stirrups... have you used one personally? Have you personally seen them do damage? I'm going to bet 98% of you haven't and that your arguments are hear say. Don't knock it til you've tried it. Stirrups are not bad!!! Like all tack in the wrong hands it can be dangerous but when used correctly they are quite nice to have around. And again I will reiterate, treeless saddle stirrups also cause the same pressure point due to the fact there is no tree to distribute the weight. But plenty of horses are perfectly fine with a treeless just like plenty of horses are perfectly fine with a bareback pad with stirrups. If we are going to go "no stirrups" then you might as well forget treeless or bareback all together since they both can cause pressure points and make the horse uncomfortable or sore.
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    01-07-2013, 12:24 PM
  #18
Yearling
I got a cheaply 5$ padded bareback pad at an auction. Got it home, cut the stirrups off, and I cinch it on over top of a tacky pad. No sliping!
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    01-07-2013, 01:56 PM
  #19
Foal
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Originally Posted by tiffanyodonnell    
Pretty decoy, can you really hang gear off the baretek western pad or we are the laces there for appearance only?
I would say appearance, as the strings are thin suede, but I haven't ever tried... I imagine the average rider wouldn't be spending hours in the Baretek like I do, so wouldn't need saddle bags. There is room on the back for a small cantle bag, however, and rear D rings, so depending on how yours attaches it could work.
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    01-07-2013, 02:35 PM
  #20
Foal
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Originally Posted by countrylove    
All these people who are so adamant on no stirrups... have you used one personally? Have you personally seen them do damage? I'm going to bet 98% of you haven't and that your arguments are hear say. Don't knock it til you've tried it. Stirrups are not bad!!! Like all tack in the wrong hands it can be dangerous but when used correctly they are quite nice to have around. And again I will reiterate, treeless saddle stirrups also cause the same pressure point due to the fact there is no tree to distribute the weight. But plenty of horses are perfectly fine with a treeless just like plenty of horses are perfectly fine with a bareback pad with stirrups. If we are going to go "no stirrups" then you might as well forget treeless or bareback all together since they both can cause pressure points and make the horse uncomfortable or sore.
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Not at all true. New, quality treeless saddles have a great deal of technology at work inside the saddle. There is a MASSIVE difference between this...



And this...



It is important to note that the Barefoot saddle shown above is one of the LEAST structured quality treeless available... and the picture provided is a pre-VPS model. That pre-VPS stirrup setup is still better for the horse than a bareback pad with stirrups....

I don't know how anyone could try to argue that a bareback pad with stirrups, and a treeless saddle, distribute weight in the stirrups in the same way. They don't whatsoever. Maybe the old treeless... but certainly not quality new treeless! A quality treeless does have internal structure, whereas the typical bareback pad does not. I think you should do some more research on the newest technology available in treeless saddles. They might not be a perfect fit for every horse/rider combo, but they are certainly better than a bareback pad with stirrups.
     

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