Hi everyone, I'm new here, and desperately need help choosing a bareback pad. I know that probably sounds silly, but it's actually a pretty big purchase for us and I want to make sure I'm getting my money's worth. My goal is to use a bb pad (with NO stirrups) rather than a saddle most of the time, and I'm looking for one that will do these things:
*keep us comfortable - the horse I ride has a very, ahem, prominant, backbone and I have a previously broken tailbone, so the two won't mix well without some good protection.
*give me some "stickiness" - I know if I'm afraid of slipping off, I won't be in a good riding position!
*not pad so much that I can't *feel* the horse - this is why I want to ride bb. I want to be able to tell which leg is coming forward when, I want to be able to be precise with my leg and seat aids, etc. One of the biggest things I want out of bareback is a better feel of the horse, so I don't want to ruin that with the pad I choose, and some pads look almost like a saddle in how they're made. I have a very hard time feeling anything precise through a saddle.
*I can afford the more expensive ones (since this is our whole "saddle" budget), but don't want to pay more if they really aren't worth it, so I'd love any input if you've tried the cheaper and more expensive ones and can tell me if you really get what you pay for.
Sorry for the long post, but please tell me which of these you'd choose - or another - thank you all so much for any help!
This one looks great for sticking and natural feel - just not sure on padding http://www.elcompanero.com
Any idea if this one would interfere with feeling the horse's movement? http://www.justequus.com/Overview-5-Baretek.html
These are so much less expensive - are they just as good?