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post #1 of 31 Old 08-19-2009, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Bareback: to pad or not to pad

I'd like to start working with Honey bareback soon to improve my riding skills and because I think it would be a blast. Anyway, I'd like to hear your opinions about using bareback pads vs. riding totally bareback.

I know that the ones with stirrups are a BAD idea - not safe at all.

But, if you use a pad to ride bareback - why do you prefer that and is there a particular brand you like best?

If you don't use a bareback pad, why not?

Has anyone had problems or bad experiences using them?

Also, I'm thinking of taking a few lessons somewhere that will let me ride bareback before I try it at home. Can't do much of it - closest place for lessons is 2 hours from home! But, do you think a couple of bareback lessons would be helpful?

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post #2 of 31 Old 08-19-2009, 07:15 PM
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personally, i haven't ridden bareback in a long time and when i used to it wasnt for long (and i didn't use a pad)
but i think using a pad is better for your horses back, especially if you are planning to ride bareback a lot (at least that's what i've heard!)
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post #3 of 31 Old 08-19-2009, 07:53 PM
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I ride bareback all the time and do like to have something between me and the horse. I don't opt for a thick pad like you would put under your saddle. I recently had to get a new pad for bareback as the mice got to my other one. I got a quilted engish pad similar to this but mine is blue. I use a makeshift overgirth with it just to help keep it in place even when I start slipping around. I don't use it for support or anything like that, only to keep my butt from getting turned brown from the dirt. It is not much protection from sweat but does provide some protection for short rides. On long ones, my butt gets really wet regardless.

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I've never used a pad, and don't plan to. I'm perfectly fine with just a bridle, I feel so much more "with my horse." I like feeling the horse move beneath me; I can understand if he's tense, relaxed, hollowing out his back against uneven weight, and predict his movements. With a pad you can't feel his/her movements as well, and to me, it doesn't feel bareback
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post #5 of 31 Old 08-19-2009, 08:17 PM
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pads annoy me. i can never get them to stay in place. i prefer nothing between me and my ponies.

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post #6 of 31 Old 08-19-2009, 08:29 PM
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The only reason I would use a pad is if I were going on a really long ride because it might be more comfortable, but I never use one at home. I don't see any need to.

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post #7 of 31 Old 08-19-2009, 09:09 PM
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I like riding without a pad because I feel closer to my horses and you really get the feel of your horse. I do ride with a pad sometime too just so I don't get a dirty hairy rear end. I use a tacky too pad, I love it. It stays in place and has a little hand grip that is good if you are just learning to ride bareback and are nevous, you can hold on to it if you start to bounce around too much.

Here's the pad I use - Reinsman Tacky Too Contoured Bareback Pad

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post #8 of 31 Old 08-19-2009, 09:12 PM
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I use a pad (this one) because I have a very bony little butt and it helps distribute my weight also I feel I have a much better seat with a pad. The only bad things I can say about the pad I have is it isn't shaped and it tends to slide back.
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post #9 of 31 Old 08-19-2009, 09:33 PM
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I refuse to go bareback without my pad. The horses I ride bareback have the boniest(wow. is that a word?) backs in the world, and I don't prefer my bum or their back through that pain. Hah.

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post #10 of 31 Old 08-19-2009, 10:08 PM
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I think bareback should be just that, bare. No pads for me. I think they're pointless. So what if it's a bit more painful. :P

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