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post #11 of 74 Old 01-04-2014, 08:36 PM
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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.
I prefer to ride bareback without a pad but the orange clay here stains EVERYTHING and does not come out. No matter how many baths or grooming sessions our horses get your pants still get stained from it. I wouldn't mind if it came out but my pants end up looking like I rode a cheeto so I use use a bareback pad.
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post #12 of 74 Old 01-04-2014, 08:45 PM
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but my pants end up looking like I rode a cheeto .


I'm sorry. But that is a hilarious image.

I like the idea of bareback pads too because where I live, summer days are 100+ degrees and the horses SWEAT even walking. That mixes with their hair and the dirt, and it equals...nasty. I have a bony butt too, and both mares that I ride bareback are rather bony (not thin, just not couches o.o) too. It hurts me to ride bareback and I'm sure it can't be comfortable for the horses...so I usually use a cheapo pad with no stirrups just for the sake of comfort and cleanliness. I stay far away from stirrup pads though, and on undermuscled or older horses I refuse to ride bareback at all even with a pad.

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^^PunksTank, any photos? It sounds like something doable. I've thought a bareback pad of some type with "stuffed rolls" on the front and on the back would be nice. Sometimes I like to take a quick ride but 1. don't want to get a dirt line on my clothes, and 2. Red kind of "throws" you on his withers it seems when running, it's really hard to find balanced spot, so a roll on the front would keep me from going forward.

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I have "horse only" pants - summer and winter. Sweat and stains - no problem. But, I ride in my backyard and no one has to put up with the smell, nor do I need to get into a vehicle after.

Heh, maybe I should dust off my bareback pad that was given to me and give it a whirl next summer. Though, if I'm going to put on a "saddle" it may as well be my western... so why bother? Nah, bareback or saddle. That's my game.
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Many years ago, I only rode bareback, for hours at a time and almost everyday, yeah I was a kid, I lived on my horse. Anyways, I developed a massive boil on my behind that had to be lanced by a doctor, who said, no more bareback. After that I used the bareback pad, no stirrups though, never liked them anyways. I owned a saddle the whole time, rarely used it as a kid. So I do see the purpose of them. I will occasionally ride bareback now, but only for 15 minutes or so, if I was doing any kind of regular bareback riding, I would get a pad just to protect my behind.
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Yeah I toy with that too, which is why I haven't bought one... Saddles do the job quite nicely don't they? :)

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I use one so my butt is not filthy,sweaty and nasty. I just can't stand that. And some days it is much easier to throw the bareback pad on than a 35# saddle, and I am lazy. Plus it helps with balance, and, I love working with my horse with no reins bareback and playing with his responsiveness sometimes, or just walking in the woods.

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^^PunksTank, any photos? It sounds like something doable. I've thought a bareback pad of some type with "stuffed rolls" on the front and on the back would be nice. Sometimes I like to take a quick ride but 1. don't want to get a dirt line on my clothes, and 2. Red kind of "throws" you on his withers it seems when running, it's really hard to find balanced spot, so a roll on the front would keep me from going forward.
I don't have pictures of the pad I made not on my horse.. But this is the "saddle" I use with the pad under it. The pad is made to create spinal clearance in treeless saddles, not a bareback pad.
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I have a Best Friends bareback pad and I love it and recommend them. Agree on the no stirrups thing though- they're only a dangerous invitation for trouble. I use one because a) I don't always want to have gross sweaty pants and b) my guy has both withers and a stop. Combining the two can be painful and a little extra padding is well appreciated, by both of us I think.
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your post made me remember a ad i saw on ebay looking at saddles...treeless.. i heard that word often when it can to looking up if "bareback pads" are safe, which the mean answer leading to "no because its treeless."

Check this ebay add out, i know its CHEAP, its from India and would take over 2 months for it to get here, but is it worth a shot? i have very rarely rode English (western 99% of the time) but am really just looking for something with stirrups, am not going to be doing any crazy riding, just around our own farm. hour or less.

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