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post #1 of 16 Old 01-08-2012, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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I was wondering if any one out there can give me advise on buying a bareback pad. I would love to hear about ones that you have, that you like and WORK (no slip ect) I don't want a cheapy cheap $20 one. Im looking to spend money on the right one :)
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oh and links to the pads you like would be awesome!
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The "slippage factor" turns me off to bareback pads. I like either nothing or a saddle.

Also, it's not good to ride bareback all of the time, due to the lack of disbursement of weight that the saddle gives, so when you do ride bareback, I find it to be a much more connected experience than with a pad. Worth the dirty britches! ;)

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The ones with a Tacky Too / neoprene bottom are all I will use. That, and my old boss had some custom made leather ones that were really nice. I have no clue where to get them, but they were thick, padded suede, with an English saddle pad below, a dressage girth, and stirrups. The argument is always "NEVER use stirrups with a bareback pad, because it's not safe and it will slip"....but these ones didn't, and were actually, in my opinion, more secure than an English saddle.

Mine is kinda like this but with a "corduroy" type top instead of microsuede: Find Lowest Price on Reinsman TackyToo Microsuede Bareback Pad Pink Pet Products
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I have this one Comfort Plus Bareback Pad for several years already. Soft and doesn't slip.

Another one I really like (because it offers a protection for the horse's back) http://www.amazon.com/Thinline-Comfort-Plus-Bareback-Pad/dp/B0044DHK5M but it's pricey.

Whatever you decide on don't get those pads with stirrups. They are not safe.

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The "slippage factor" turns me off to bareback pads. I like either nothing or a saddle.

Also, it's not good to ride bareback all of the time, due to the lack of disbursement of weight that the saddle gives, so when you do ride bareback, I find it to be a much more connected experience than with a pad. Worth the dirty britches! ;)
Huh??? I find my bareback pad less slippery than my horse (it is suede). I have NO idea what you mean by your second paragraph. I did not see where anyone was talking about riding bareback ALL of the time, and what are you referring to with regard to "weight disbursement" or "lack of"?

OP-I have a Stacy Westfall one like this. I really like it, but it does not have a handle. THat has been the only think I wish it had. Very comfy, and I find I am VERY connected to my horse with it. Sometimes too connected. I clench one butt cheek and he responds. I have friends who have the Parelli ones that they like very well also.
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Thank you guys for the responces! I actually (bubba and kittenval) have looked at both of those! Its just so hard to know if they will slip of not, so I try to look at ones with reviews :) is this a bad idea, if I bought one with sturrips you could remove, to practice with them and remove them when I feel more confident? And can trot better on my horse ect.

Frank- that was FUNNY about the butt check AHAHHAAH!!!

Northern- I like to ride bareback sometimes, but I don't always want to go home with pants that are brown haha, I was just asking opinions on pads is all :)
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^^ I use mine usually on hot days when horse gets sweaty. So far never had a problem with it slipping. :)

Those stirrups unfortunately add false feel of "confidence" but could be dangerous in fact. Here is a good reading: http://equineink.com/2008/07/13/no-s...k-pads-please/ (P.S. And I've seen it happened with one of the riders in my old barn who was not a very balanced rider: the pad slipped under his weight pushed in stirrup on one side, he fell and got caught in that stirrup).

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This may sound weird but its like I can ride bareback on my friends horse, like walk, trot, canter but I can barley trot on my own horse!!! I slip around alot on a trot and because of this I don't canter on him bareback. I want to beable to get better before advancing! That's the only reason I brought up the sturrips I have heard how they can be dangerous though
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I found my cheap-o one at a yard sale No idea what it is, but it doesn't slip! I did have to punch holes though because the holes were too widespread around the cinch.

I find that on my barrel mare I don't need a bareback pad to stay on. I can do a barrel pattern bareback on her (Just at a lope, not tried to really run yet...Too chicken!) mostly because she's a fatarse. So I got the surface area! My other little filly is good for bareback too, she's compact and smooth.

Rebel, on the other hand...hell no. Not in a million years would I go without a pad. His whithers are super high and he's super narrow, plus he has such big movement that he just cannot be ridden without it xD Well he probably could but not at the sake of bruises on my butt! Lol

I've never tried anything other than an old fleece one or the one pad I bought at the yard sale (Not sure what it is, will get pics though) and frankyl the ones with stirrups look highly dangerous. Same with the "child seats" they stick on the back...I cringe at some of those and the people who buy them.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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