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    05-01-2014, 04:50 PM
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Foal
Question Opinion: Bareback pads

Ok, I'm disabled and CANNOT use stirrups (feet bones messed up since 2004). Thus, I've been competing in endurance (on and off over the years) in a basic bareback pad. (think square western pad with a nylon overstrap) I train in an even more basic bareback pad. (not even pockets, shaped like english pad)

However, I've gotten 'healthy' and am getting into much more competition this year (and hopefully the next few). Most of the state's competitions are in mountainous settings with long uphill/downhills. On my main mount (a pony), downhills are hard on the thighs because she has low withers and doesn't raise head. On my newest prospect, uphills will be difficult bacause she's a TWH who naturally sinks down on hind end and doesn't have big belly to grip. So what I've been using will not suffice for the fall competitions in the mountains.

So I've found this bareback pad:

Tough-1 Polypropylene Bareback Pad - Western Saddles and Tack at Hayneedle

Looks promising for those mountain slopes. Once again, won't be using stirrups after I climb on. Looks like I can attach a crupper.

Does anyone use one of these? Your opinions for super long, fairly fast riding in them?
     
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    05-01-2014, 05:04 PM
  #2
Yearling
The pad you provided a link to looks slicker in the seat to me.

I swear by the Best Friends Bareback pad

It is very grippy for the seat. I ride my horse in this pad on hilly, steep, and rocky terrain and feel very secure. You can attach a breast strap to the saddle.

It also has nice padding to protect you from the spine.
     
    05-01-2014, 05:30 PM
  #3
Foal
AQHSam I did see that one on ebay. Even saved one of the sellers to look at it again. But I need to attach LOTS of saddle bags. I compete from 25-50 mile distances and many of these events have vet checks way out on the trail so you must pack supplies for you and the horse. That pad doesn't appear to have extra rings on it for bags.

I wear padded cycling shorts & my horses are well fleshed over spine - so padding is not an issue.
     

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