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  • Safe to ride a two year old bareback
  • One size fits all horse bareback pad

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    08-25-2011, 05:34 AM
  #11
Yearling
Actually, my mom-in-law just got a 12yr odl gelding that's underweight, and I rode him bareback b/c we forgot the saddle....REMEMBERED THE SADDLE THE NEXT TIME! OMGoodness! It was like I was trying to balance on a 2 inch board !!! And it was quite uncomfortable! I onyl took him about 50ft and turned back! Skipsfirstspike is RIGHT there! Lol
     
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    08-25-2011, 06:16 AM
  #12
Weanling
Thanks for all the replies everyone. I do not have a saddle at the moment and am not really interested on buying one as he's only 3 and growing like a weed- I'd end up buying one and in a few months it would be too small :).
Do bareback pads have to be fit like a saddle, or are they kind of like one size fits all? I'm thinking about looking into one of these until he's a good enough weight to ride without.
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    08-25-2011, 08:50 AM
  #13
Yearling
If you would go ahead and buy a saddle the only part you'd have to replace is the cinch/girth as he matures,fills out as he grows. I started my mare's first born colt/gelding as a two year old with the same saddle I used on my mare with no problems.

Bareback pads come in pony-size and horse-size. Other than that there is no other sizing factors. If you buy a bareback pad do not get one with stirrups. In fact, some bareback pads come with warnings of safety factors, because a bp has no tree for a foundation they can very easily slip to one side or the other of the horse's back. I once worked at a Tack Store and am familiar with the safety factors of a bp.
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    08-25-2011, 12:54 PM
  #14
Trained
Bareback on a bony spine really hurts. Bareback, on a filled in back, sans saddle, in the middle of the winter is LOTS warmer than a saddle.
BTW, every time we go to a tack auction they ALWAYS sell used bareback pads. Nobody keeps them. You've gotta be able to ride like the 19th century Prussian Cavalry and THEIR saddles had no girths. Seriously, you can't ever get them tight enough to stay put.
If you buy an inexpensive all purpose English saddle it will feel a lot like bareback if you've been riding Western It has padding built in so some folks ride English without a pad. (I don't, but I'm the one you cleans all of the tack!)
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    08-25-2011, 01:45 PM
  #15
Foal
I love my bareback pad! Its purple and wooly and has a girth that is also covered in soft fleece. PLUS it has a "emergency" handle right at the withers just in case. I hate riding totally bareback, I feel like I'm making her uncomfortable.
     
    08-25-2011, 02:22 PM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by candandy49    
If you would go ahead and buy a saddle the only part you'd have to replace is the cinch/girth as he matures,fills out as he grows. I started my mare's first born colt/gelding as a two year old with the same saddle I used on my mare with no problems.

Bareback pads come in pony-size and horse-size. Other than that there is no other sizing factors. If you buy a bareback pad do not get one with stirrups. In fact, some bareback pads come with warnings of safety factors, because a bp has no tree for a foundation they can very easily slip to one side or the other of the horse's back. I once worked at a Tack Store and am familiar with the safety factors of a bp.
Just curious, why is it that you should get one without stirrups?
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    08-25-2011, 03:28 PM
  #17
Weanling
I've heard people say that if you try to correct you balance too much using the stirrups on a barepad that it can slide under the horse. Not sure it that is correct or not though.
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    08-25-2011, 03:43 PM
  #18
Foal
Well that make sense, kinda what I was figurin. I only asked bc my bbpad has stirrups haha. I don't really use em for more then a foot rest tho lol
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    08-25-2011, 04:01 PM
  #19
mls
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Originally Posted by candandy49    
If you would go ahead and buy a saddle the only part you'd have to replace is the cinch/girth as he matures,fills out as he grows. I started my mare's first born colt/gelding as a two year old with the same saddle I used on my mare with no problems.
Not always true.
     
    08-26-2011, 03:43 PM
  #20
Weanling
Well I just picked up a bareback pad. Its nice and simple which is what I like. I don't like the cinch on it though as its just nylon and looks uncomfortable so I'm going to rig it up so I can put a more comfortable cinch on (which will be easy).
It also has loops on each side of the withers for stirrup attachments which I am going to attach a rope to as an emergency handle.
Can't wait to try it out this weekend! He hasn't been backed in months so this should be fun. Lol
     

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