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        08-26-2011, 07:30 PM
      #21
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    When I was a kid, I always rode bareback, rarely used a saddle or bareback pad & I owned both. Me & the gang rode our horses from sun up to sun down. When I was 13 I had a boil that start on my butt & grew down to my thigh. I rode the day before I had it lanced by the doctor, I was in pain! Under doctor's orders, I was no longer to ride bareback. That boil even caused me to be feverish & a week's recovery with drains. I rarely ride bareback now.
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        08-27-2011, 01:13 PM
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    Originally Posted by gothicangel69    
    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).
    You could just put something like this over it
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    Originally Posted by waresbear    
    When I was a kid, I always rode bareback, rarely used a saddle or bareback pad & I owned both. Me & the gang rode our horses from sun up to sun down.
    I was the same way. I rode 5-7 hours/day most days when I was a teen, almost exclusively bareback. I started doing that when my mare was 13. She was still going strong until 31, so I don't think it was too bad for her.
    These days I have just a bit more weight on me so I don't want to put the extra stress on my current boy's back. I don't ride bareback except to bring him in from the fields, and maybe once every 1-2 months for a short trail ride.
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