Bareback Pad... HELP!
Okay, so during the winter for pleasure riding I love to ride my horse with a bareback pad. I Love my bareback pad, however for some reason I cannot figure out how to put it on so that I do not have to have someone on the other side holding the stirrup to let me mount; just so I wont just slide right off. Does anyone know how to put a bareback pad on correctly? I know my horse pushes his belly out so I cant tighten it up right away, but I am normally able to Try to tighten it beforeI mount, but I fail. I also thought that another reason for the pad to slip and slide is because I have his blanket on underneath it, but Im not sure if that is the reason. Id just like to be able to go for a ride without having someone else out there to help me get on... Its kinda humiliating and makes me feel helpless...
Thank You all who can help. :D
Are you mounting from the ground? Try a mounting block (or fence, log, truck bed, etc).
Have a picture, or can you find a picture of something that looks like your pad? I may be able to help you figure out how it works.
Bareback pads are gonna slip no matter what, because they have no support structure. I reccomend mounting from a fence or other high place. Don't use the stirrup (I personally don't like stirrups on bareback pads anyway); just hop up there without it.
Sorta like this, only have someone hold your horse and do it from a mounting block without the running start . :wink: Unless you really want to try the running start. It's fun stuff.
Thanks. :D I just wanted to know if I was doing it wrong. THANK YOU!
I would recomend you chunk the stirrups on it in the trsh. BB pads have no support structure, as previoucly stated, so when ridden with stirrups, you put all of your weight on one spot on the horses back and it causes pressure much like a saddle that doesn't fit.
As for mounting, I am a permenant bare back rider and I'm only 5'3 and can NOT jump. lol. I always find a low spot in the ground, a fence, a stump, etc.
I have both colors, and I <3 them both.
Have you thought about a Reinsman bareback pad? They have TackyToo on the bottom. They're a bit spendy, but I have a TackyToo saddle pad that is very grippy.
Those are like my pads. I am tall but can't seem to mount from the ground regularly. What I do is grab a lock of the main(do not pull on it...its just for balance) and try to put my leg over the backbone. With enough leg power and momentum I usually make it up. Think of it as a take off :)
just on the note of not slipping, I have a bestfriends bareback pad and it NEVER EVER slips...no stirrups though! I've been building mounting blocks of snow lately!!!!
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