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post #1 of 17 Old 06-24-2013, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on bareback pads?

Just a casual thread for talking because summer vacation just started and I am already bored.

So what are your opinions on bareback pads? I personally have never used one but I just bought one on ebay and considering buying one for my sisters pony too. I just feel so bad tacking up my poor big guy in this heat, I would hate to be wearing a navajo, then a wooly gel pad, and then a HEAVY western saddle all held on with a tight band around my middle. I think he might appreciate the saddle blankets in the winter but like I am scared he is just going to pass out on me in the summer. I am currently riding bareback now just because I feel bad, so I was thinking a nice 8lb breathable suede pad with stirrups could be very useful.
Here is the one I bought,
SP204A Hilason Natural Horsemanship Leather Bareback English Treeless Saddle PAD | eBay

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post #2 of 17 Old 06-24-2013, 04:54 PM
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personally, I HATE stirrups on a bareback pad. I have one that's basically just a fluffy fleece pad with a girth attachment. I LOVE it. We go swimming in it, trail rides, it helps keep my tb built paints whither from hurting me, saves me the bareback butt look. :)
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No on the stirrups to dangerous
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post #4 of 17 Old 06-24-2013, 05:43 PM
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Good for keeping your backside clean riding bareback but shouldn't be used with stirrups as it puts too much pressure on the spine
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Yep - just like Jaydee said plus I think use of the stirrups may cause slippage of the pad if the horse turns suddenly and unexpectedly (without stirrups you might make an involuntary dismount but with stirrups you risk getting hung up).
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Definitely no to stirrups on a bareback pad.

I just got this bareback pad a few months ago: Western Bareback Pad It weighs almost nothing (8 lbs sounds really heavy for a bareback pad!) and is super comfy. Almost a little too comfy, actually
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Seen way too many people get hung up in a bareback pad with stirrups, because the pad is more likely to slip.

I do not ride with a bareback pad. I ride without one and deal with the butt after, because I am not a fan of bareback pads.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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alrighty I will remove my stirrups. :S
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post #9 of 17 Old 06-24-2013, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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whats your opinion on putting a breastplate on the bareback pad? Mine has the rings for it
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I have used a bareback pad on occasion but have never used a breastplate with it. I'm not thinking of anything negative in using it - one would think it might help keep it from slipping but I should like to hear others' opinions on this.
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