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post #1 of 6 Old 02-12-2011, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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bareback pad help?

Hey guys!
I'm looking for a bareback pad and I'm wondering about a few things- for one, do you guys like stirrups or no stirrups? Two, for Cheyenne do you think I should get a built-in withers thing on it? Here's an older picture of Cheyenne this was last year but I'll get a more recent picture up soon:
And here's what I mean by withered pad: Mustang Microsuede Bareback Pad - Horse.com
And here's a not withered pad: Bareback Pad - Horse.com
I'll be asking her owner about this too, but I was just looking for more oppinions, thanks!

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post #2 of 6 Old 02-12-2011, 01:29 PM
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Stirrups are very unsafe on bareback pads. My pad has stirrups, bit that's because it was free . They come off, however, so I usually leave them off.
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oh okay thanks! What about the withers?

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Not sure about that. My horses all have high withers, and my bareback pad slips down their back, so it doesn't fit them very well.
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do you think Cheyenne has high withers? Compared to some horses I'd say she does, but I'm not an expert

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She does have higher withers than some. The only thing about the bareback pad is that you won't really be cinching it down tight enough to make her uncomfortable without the contour (higher wither area). The biggest problem that you might have with the straight pad is that it may sort of bunch up under you where it bends to follow her withers.

So short answer is: She wouldn't necessarily need a countoured pad, though you might prefer it .

Oh, and E is right, stirrups on something without a tree to stabilize it is a huge no no. They would give you a false sense of security.

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