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post #1 of 8 Old 08-28-2011, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Correct placement of bareback pad

I bought a bareback pad the other day and was fitting it to Flash today. I'm wondering what the correct placement of the pad is? He has high withers, so I would like to keep the pad off them, but when I do that it seems to sit to far down on his back.
Could you guys take a look at the pictures and see which position looks correct?


Off the withers


Up a bit higher
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-28-2011, 03:32 PM
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My Thoroughbreds both have really high withers. I always place the bareback pad like the second placement. Sit behind the blue girth strap on the pad so you won't be sitting on the withers. The first placement looks to far back and you would have trouble keeping your balance because the pad is tilted forward. So defiantly the placement in the second photo is how you should place it.

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post #3 of 8 Old 08-28-2011, 04:39 PM
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The second picture is better. Maybe even an inch or two more forward. It should be placed so that you'll be sitting close up to the withers.
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-28-2011, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!!
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-28-2011, 04:51 PM
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Position it like a saddle. You still want to be sitting on the strongest point on the horse's back. The middle of the back (like the first picture) is the weakest and it wouldn't be pleasant for a horse to carry you if you're sitting there. The second picture is best; you could maybe move it a few inches up, even.
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-28-2011, 05:18 PM
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I always put mine exactly like the second picture.
otherwise, like others have said, it would be uncomfortable for the horse, and probably for you too, lol ;)

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post #7 of 8 Old 08-30-2011, 09:25 AM
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mine slips back on hills so I place mine up like the first pic
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-30-2011, 09:34 AM
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The straps should be perpendicular as in #2. To prevent slippage try using it with a cinch which is also more comfortable for the horse. A cinch with a tongue buckle on each end works if one puts holes in the nylon strap.
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