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post #11 of 30 Old 10-28-2009, 12:37 AM
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For me, I am more comfortable riding with a bareback pad. I have done pure bareback a few times on a small lesson QH, but for my big young WB the bareback pad is a wiser option. First of all, a bareback pad has more stick, so there is more security (this can also make a bareback pad more comfortable for the horse as you won't slide around as much). I don't find that a bareback pad hinders my ability to feel my horse at all, I can feel him easily even through a big bulky dressage saddle. If you can't feel the muscles of your horse working unless you are skin to skin, you may want to brush up in that area of your riding. It also is more sanitary, the hair won't rub off onto your legs. And finally, some horses just have down right painful backs! My horse has a high wither and is a bit on the thin side, as well as narrow, so he would be anything but a sofa to ride on w/o a bareback pad. I have ridden on suede and fleece, and I would have to say the suede bareback pads have a better grip than the fleece. Some bareback pads have a strap on the top, which can make things easier for mounting or holding on during a buck.
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post #12 of 30 Old 10-28-2009, 12:47 AM
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There are 3 reasons why I use a bareback pad.
1) Pain. Try riding a high-withered horse pure bareback. It hurts and I don't know why you'd not use a pad if you had a high withered horse.
2) I'm a bit of a girly girl, so I really hate it when I get sweaty horse hair all up my legs.
3)Safety. The one I have has a little strap at the front which is awesome when Nessie spooks. Plus, mine is mostly suade and it gives me a little extra grip. Mine's a BestFriends bareback pad.
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post #13 of 30 Old 10-28-2009, 01:09 AM
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I use one cause my horses withers are very prominent and uncomfortable to bounce against...

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post #14 of 30 Old 10-28-2009, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you that has been very helpful! I did assume they'd keep you cleaner, sweat and hair sticking to you legs is not much fun. I was mostly wondering if they gave the horse more protection. I have ridden high wethered horses bareback (and never having used a bareback pad, it doesn't really make me understand), and I agree they aren't my favorite to ride bareback, but didn't realize the bareback pads helped w/ that. I did think the idea was stupid when they first came out w/ them, I rode bareback alot then and couldn't see the point, seemed almost to defeat the purpose of bareback, but over the years seeing they are still around and people do use them I thought there may be more to them then my first impression.

I have been helping a friend out w/ her daughter's new horse and my sister is planning to take the horse out for some rides w/ me. Only problem is I'm short saddles, and even though their horse has a great back for bareback riding I was considering letting my sister use my saddle (she'll be riding the new horse) and going bareback, and was trying to deside if a bareback pad would make it more confortable for my horse (and if it's more confortable for me that would be a bonus too).
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post #15 of 30 Old 06-03-2014, 04:20 PM
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I ride with a bareback pad for a few reasons:
-High whithers. As a girl, riding a high-whithered horse either hurts really bad, or just plain feels weird.

-Security. I have a suede bareback pad. All the western riders in jeans and no pad, will have less security than me, riding in my full seat breeches that grip suede like glue!! I've stayed on through several spooks, as well as bolting, spinning, etc. Also, it makes it easier to keep a good seat while jumping.

-Cleanliness. Yes, I admit, it keeps you cleaner. My mom makes me take a lint-roller to my a** if I come to the car with horse hair on it. If I ride on a recently washed bareback pad, I stay clean!

-Saddle fit. Sometimes while you're working to find a saddle that wont pinch, or hurt the horse, you will find yourself waiting for that new saddle to come, dying to ride! And if you're not the most secure bareback rider, a pad will help.

-Weather. Sometimes a saddle or a wet horse can be slippery in a drizzle! A bareback pad soaks up any rain from the horses coat, and the other side keeps your bum from looking like you peed yourself. XD

And many more reasons...
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post #16 of 30 Old 06-03-2014, 04:32 PM
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I use to use one on my thoroughbred if we were going on longer rides bareback, just to protect her spine and withers from me bouncing around. Once I got my seat bareback I got rid of it. I jump, gallop, spin, do barrels and poles all bareback with no pad and no problem.
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post #17 of 30 Old 06-03-2014, 04:36 PM
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My reason would be a very round horse who is hard to balance on bareback. Even my trainer refuses to ride her bareback, its that bad. A pad gives me grip and like someone else said its handy when trying to find a saddle. My mare is short backed, flat backed, and extremely wide. Saddles for her are few and far between and expensive so I had to use one for almost a year. Luckily we have a saddle now and it fits :)
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post #18 of 30 Old 06-03-2014, 05:24 PM
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I love riding bareback and I love how you can feel every move with your horse bareback.. I don't mind getting dirty but I do like bareback pads because they give you a little extra something to hold on to!And its better for comfort for the rider and horse, it feels really weird hitting the withers and it really hurts!

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post #19 of 30 Old 06-03-2014, 07:29 PM
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Most people think of bareback pads as making the ride more comfortable for the rider. Few riders consider how riding bareback feels to the horse. If you have ever carried a backpack, think of a bareback pad as padding in a backpack to help protect your back from being poked by the contents of the backpack. Think of a well-fitted saddle as a backpack frame.

My main concern with bareback pads, however, is the poor cinch design used by most. They would be much improved if they were designed to use a good English-style girth.
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post #20 of 30 Old 06-03-2014, 07:55 PM
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Some people have an exceptionally boney bottom. Seat bones. Ischial tuberosities.

My favorite bareback pad is a simple western quilted pad secured with an overgirth.
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