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post #1 of 68 Old 05-26-2013, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Question Can I use this saddle to break a horse?

Is it possible to break a horse with this saddle? Or would it be best to start with something more traditional? I plan on riding bareback more often than not.

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I do not recommend using a bareback pad with stirrups. The pad can slip to one side or the other and, with your feet in stirrups, you can go with it and get hurt. There are some "bareback saddles" that have enough structure to stay put in the withers, but this one doesn't appear to be one if those.

I will say that, as a person who rides with a stirrup less pad all the time, you can train a horse with a pad. I have once. I prefer to ride stirrup less and have years of practice.

But the reason most people use a saddle is they get a more secure seat. And even though I prefer to ride on a pad, I still use a saddle occasionally for trail and overnight rides.

What is your plan for the horse? Why are you buying a pad to train a horse?
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Its never good to learn how to ride or train a horse in bareback pad that has stirrups. The reason I say this, is because. A saddle has a tree that keeps your weight of his withers. A bare back pad normally does not. You can hurt your horses back because you using the stirrups. It's best to just to buy a normal saddle and lean how to ride bare back without anything at all.
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If youre gonna ride bareback- ride bareback! A bareback pad is a pain anyway- they always spin- its a death trap when it has stirrups on it- you cant even mount with them- and they slide backwards when youre ridin.

Ive broke horses bareback many times- if youre gonna do it- dont worry about a little dirt and hair on your jeans-- youll have a lot more than that to worry about.. like your face on the ground for starters.. lol. I dont mean for that to be rude- just the truth, lol.

oh and dont worry about the horses back with out a saddle- he aint gonna know the difference anyway- hell want you off no matter what you break em in.


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In my opinion if it has stirrups you're not riding bareback. So if you want stirrups just go and ride with a saddle. If you want a minimal amount of saddle, get a racing or exercising saddle.

Every horse I have broke I put the first 5 or 6 rides on bareback. They have been saddled and cinched, but I prefer to get on for the first time bareback. Then they don't have to deal with both the cinch and someone on their back (two new things) at the same time. For me, I prefer it for the fact that there is nothing to get caught on if the horse gets jumpy and dumps me. Plus I can feel a lot more of the horse's attitude with out the saddle in the way.

If you want to ride bareback, ride bareback. I'd never touch a bareback pad with stirrups! An accident waiting to happen.

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I would not do it.
That's $200 you could put towards a nice used saddle.
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In addition, the horse would not be "saddle broke."
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Originally Posted by Undante View Post
Is it possible to break a horse with this saddle? Or would it be best to start with something more traditional? I plan on riding bareback more often than not.

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I feel like if you have to ask this question, you shouldn't be breaking horses.

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Originally Posted by toto View Post

oh and dont worry about the horses back with out a saddle- he aint gonna know the difference anyway- hell want you off no matter what you break em in.

Why is he going to want you off no matter what? I don't understand that thought, surely the whole point about starting a horse is that he doesn't want you off. If he does, you have seriously skipped some important steps in his training.

I'm not sure about the whole back thing, I'm more convinced by the argument that a well fitting saddle makes carrying a rider a more comfortable experience for a horse. However there are a lot of horribly fitted saddles out there, and maybe bareback is more comfortable than a bad fit.

When it comes to it, ride and start him in whatever you are comfortable, and more importantly secure with, even if he isn't trying to get you off a novice horse needs a secure and steady rider.

BUT A BIG FAT NO to a bareback pad with stirrups, simply dangerous.
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Bareback pads with stirrups are dangerous, when you're breaking - you need something secure.
Personally, I prefer a close contact English saddle to break in, no bells and whistles, something really simple in case I need to get out of it.

I'm kind of a weirdo though, most people like to break western. I feel really claustrophobic in a Western saddle, like I'm stuck in it.
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