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    01-04-2014, 07:32 PM
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Foal
Bareback pads get a bad wrap...but this one?

ok so I really want to ride one day ((i used to ride/work with horses) I just saved this 20 year old mare, she as sweet as can be, I have been told she is a wonderful ride, however she is 200 pounds underweight, so I have TIME to shop around, the cost of a saddle is CRAZY so I looked into "bareback pads" I know I know. They get a really bad wrap, but this one brand I noticed is very highly rated. Much more then all the others. Give me a idea on what you think.



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    01-04-2014, 07:33 PM
  #2
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    01-04-2014, 07:39 PM
  #3
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My personal advice? No, no, no, no, no. Bareback pads with stirrups can be considerably dangerous because the pads tend to slip and do not have the support of a tree or any other rigging to distribute the weight. They also give a false sense of security.

You say the mare is 200 lbs underweight, so my thought is that since it will probably be a good 5-6 months (maybe longer) before you can ride her at all, start saving for a saddle. If you put even $50 away per month, you'll have a good $250-300 stashed away by the time she's getting close to healthy again. That should be enough to get you a nice, used saddle (DO NOT but a brand new one that costs under $300...it is likely garbage) that will fit her. I'd also make sure you don't buy a saddle and fit it to her until after she as at her ideal weight, because otherwise her shape may change and the saddle will stop fitting.

How much experience do you have with riding and rehabbing horses? You might want to look into some professional help if you haven't done it before or if you haven't done it in a while. I worry that if you can't afford a saddle, you may not realize how much money it will take to rehab this mare. She is likely going to need her teeth done ($100+ depending on your area) and a LOT of food...possibly a good vet exam too. Do you know why she lost weight in the first place?
     
    01-04-2014, 07:44 PM
  #4
Trained
I just no not one with stirrups. I had a Stacy Westfall one I liked really well.
     
    01-04-2014, 07:48 PM
  #5
Foal
Story behind her was the past owner saved her from another bad place, but then didn't have the funds to feed her. I took her in 2 weeks ago she has already gained 30+ pounds as of today, she is already vet checked. Only reason why she is underweight was from lack of care. She is taking everything really well and doing great. :)
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    01-04-2014, 08:09 PM
  #6
Teen Forum Moderator
Good to hear ^_^ poor old gal, glad she finally has the food and care she needs. How are her teeth?

If you get a bareback pad, definitely go for no stirrups. There is nothing WRONG with the pads themselves, just with the fact that the ones with stirrups mimick saddles, which they are not.
     
    01-04-2014, 08:09 PM
  #7
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A while ago there was a bareback pad that had a plastic "wither clamp" that just went over the wither. This would keep it from sliding sideways, as long as it didn't slid back off the wither. It had a breast strap you could use with it.

This one had stirrups that I might use in a ring environment. Sadly, these pads don't seem to be sold today. As a rule, I say absolutely no stirrups with the treeless bareback pads.
     
    01-04-2014, 08:22 PM
  #8
Foal
Her teeth are OK for a 20 year old, fine with eating hay and feed. :)
     
    01-04-2014, 08:28 PM
  #9
Trained
I don't understand the use of bareback pads at all except if a rider is very thin and finds it uncomfortable to ride bareback.

Endiku posted that a pad will not distribute the weight - correct, but neither will riding bareback. So, if you need a saddle to ride, save up and buy a saddle. In my area it is not too difficult to find a decent saddle for less than $300. English or western. You have time to save and time to shop, so I would do that.

In the meantime, get the mare's weight up and do lots of ground work. She will likely be more energetic once she is feeling better so don't letter her surprise you one day :) If she is ready for a rider before you have the saddle, then ride her bareback. If you were looking at a bareback pad, then you should be a reasonably competent bareback rider. I've never figured out how a bareback pad helps anyone ride. False sense of security for sure.

Do we get pictures of your new horse?
     
    01-04-2014, 08:41 PM
  #10
Started
Honestly the price of a good bareback pad is comparable to a cheap saddle.

I'd prefer a good bareback pad. I wanted one with stirrups, I know "big no-no" - but I'm a balanced rider and have ridden bareback most of my life - the only reason I was looking into this option was the same as you, a spiney horse. Mine is a Belgian and was about 300lbs underweight on arrival, obviously I waited until he was healthy before riding, but I hopped on him bareback our first good ride out - 3 hours later we came home and I don't think I was able to sit for 3-4 days!! That spine was vicious!
So here's what I got:
Http://www.amazon.com/Down-Under-Saddle-Supply-Kimberley/dp/B007YGEN42/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1388882106&sr=8-2-fkmr1&keywords=kimber+down+under+treeless
It's a "treeless" saddle, but not up to par with the true treeless, well developed brands - this one I would call more of a glorified bareback pad. It has firm foam built up and a removable gullet plate to give it shape and help prevent rolling. If you are a competent rider with relative balance this should work for you.
With my obese mare she can ride with a regular pad with this saddle because she has rolls of fat on either side of her spine - as that goes away I'll be using pads. My Belgian doesn't have those fat rolls and he uses a home made version of these pads: http://www.amazon.com/Hilason-English-Treeless-Memory-Anti-Slip/dp/B0085YOBG2/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1388882302&sr=8-15&keywords=hilason+saddle+pad
What I did was I bought a nice saddle pad for him, that wasn't too thick,I got a sheet of soft fuzzy fabric and 3/4" memory foam, I sewed the memory foam on either side of the spine of the saddle pad. This provides spinal clearance for him.

All in all I'm very happy with my purchase - great saddle, it's larger than it says - I got a medium and wish I got a small. But we use it on all the horses at the rescue and no one has complained :) The kids use is and haven't had trouble with twisting. If you do end up having trouble with twisting you can add a breast plate.
     

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