Looking for a good bareback pad for the money....any suggestions?
Subscribing. I'm trying to find a decent one at a decent price too. I would lovee to have a Reinsman one to match my pad, but oh well. I don't have $70 lying around.
^^Exactly my point!! I found a great bareback pad, but by the time shipping was included it was nearly $100!!! I dont want to be spending that kind of money on a bareback pad, I want a good, decent pad for a good, reasonable price!! :)
There are a lot of them out there. But, you definitely DON'T want one with stirrups. Because there is no tree in a bareback pad like there is in the saddle there is nothing keeping the bareback pad from tipping to the side.
Personally I don't like the cinch system that comes with most bareback pads, so for my bareback pad I just used the D rings and attached 2 tie-straps and use a regular cinch. I also use a saddle pad underneath for extra padding and to help keep it in place better.
I honestly bought a really cheap bareback pad off of horse.com for 20 bucks. It works, but it's nothing fancy. It's not exactly the most friction inducing surface though, and it isn't very contoured.
I can't exactly tell you which one is good for the money, but things I would look for are D rings to attach your own tie strap and cinch system, no stirrups or removable stirrups, a frictiony surface like suede leather, a strap to hold onto, and more of a contoured shape.
So based on that, my recommendation is to just look on tack sites and ebay and see what you find. Obviously the better ones will be more pricey. If you want to post links to some I can tell you what I think if you want.
Thanks mlkarel2010! Great tips, and advice there! I agree with you on the stirrups! And putting a saddle pad underneath is a great idea!
For right now it is just going to be used for training purposes not for riding yet...here are two links, let me know which you think is better...
Horse Supplies, Dewormers, Equine Supplements & Tack - Horse.com
Both are from horse.com as well. I looked on ebay earlier, and it was just soo overwhelming, I gave up my search on there on page 5 or 6.
I have the 'Best Friends Bareback Pad' I love it, it's really comfy for you and the horse, but still lets you feel lovely and close. It doesn't slip, as long as you don't leave the girth too loose (although, you don't have to tighten it as much as an average saddle) And it is stirrup-free! It also has a strap on the pommel (well, where the pommel would be on a normal saddle) to grab on if your horse suddenly gets fizzy / spooky and you start losing you seat!
I don't know what it's like in comparison to any other bareback pad, as I haven't tried any others, because this one has lasted me years, and I'm very happy with it, and not looking to change it any time soon ;-)
I've been looking at that Mustang one. It was on sale like a month ago too for $30. gah. I would get that one if I were you. Microsuede is going to provide you with a lot of grip, but the fleece on the other one will be slippery.
^ Thats what I was thinking too Poseidon! There is a suede bareback pad at Dover that I am in love with, but I really dont want to pay $75 for it :( Guess Im just too cheap! LOL
HollyLolly...where did you get that pad?
^^^ They're all over if you google it, but they're very expensive. From what I've heard, they're fantastic, but I don't want to spend roughly $90 on a bareback pad.
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