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post #11 of 31 Old 08-19-2009, 11:53 PM
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I've only ridden bareback once and I really regret not using a pad. I have an ultra bony butt and would really appreciate a bit of cushion, especially if trotting lol.
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post #12 of 31 Old 08-20-2009, 12:37 AM
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I have been known to throw a bath towel over her back, just to absorb some of the sweat. Works for me :)
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post #13 of 31 Old 08-20-2009, 03:36 AM
 
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Ehhh.. I have never used a pad before... but I find bareback really painful as real bareback.... I just don't like having a horse spine digging into my butt. haha
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post #14 of 31 Old 08-20-2009, 04:35 AM
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Pherhaps try first without a pad as the pad can stop you feeling 'with your horse' but if you feel yourself bouncing about alot use the pad to save your horses back. When you gain a more secure position then go without the pad. Don't risk putting your horse's back out though as it can be a nightmare to put right, only ride completely bareback when you feel ready to, good luck :)
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post #15 of 31 Old 08-20-2009, 04:50 AM
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Personally, I prefer riding with a pad. I don't actually ride my horses with a pad, but when I ride my friend's horses and my lesson horses, I use one. I don't know what brand it is, but its a lightish green colour. I think the brand is like Best Friends??? or something. It has a little handle and is really good to hold onto, especially if the horse spooks at something and starts playing up. The only negative point is if you don't do it up tight enough, you may feel it slipping and panic.
I guess it really just comes down to personal preference. I can feel my horse just fine through a pad, but others might not.
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post #16 of 31 Old 08-20-2009, 05:34 AM
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Personally, I prefer riding with a pad. I don't actually ride my horses with a pad, but when I ride my friend's horses and my lesson horses, I use one. I don't know what brand it is, but its a lightish green colour. I think the brand is like Best Friends??? or something. It has a little handle and is really good to hold onto, especially if the horse spooks at something and starts playing up. The only negative point is if you don't do it up tight enough, you may feel it slipping and panic.
I guess it really just comes down to personal preference. I can feel my horse just fine through a pad, but others might not.

Do you mean this one -> Best Friend Bareback pads
I've never used one, but apparently it's one of the best. :)
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post #17 of 31 Old 08-20-2009, 05:45 AM
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Yes that green one. The only thing I recommend with them is wearing breeches, joddies or long pants because of the suede on it. Don't ride with shorts on cause the suede rubs against your legs and it really hurts. I honestly didn't know that it was one of the best ones, my friend just got it from our saddlery for $80 (Australian.) But I do like riding with this pad, its super comfy, and you can still feel your horse. The handle comes in super handy too, eg if your on the lunge and working on your leg position you can hold onto the handle.
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post #18 of 31 Old 08-20-2009, 08:43 AM
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I use bareback and the only reason it keeps my butt clean. Otherwise I have to drop the pants to the laundry right after the ride. Can't tell which one, but it was medium price (something like $50-60). It doesn't slip and give some relief for the withers. I like it. Just don't get those with stirrups as well as too cheap ones.

Here is a pretty good review on pads Bareback Pads --We Have Tried Several, Here Are Our Reviews



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post #19 of 31 Old 08-20-2009, 09:19 AM
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i have never used a pad and never plan to bareback should be wat it is called their back should be bare in my opinion
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post #20 of 31 Old 08-20-2009, 09:27 AM
 
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I haven't rode Classy bareback yet and debating on it because i do have a really boney butt and i wouldn't want that digging into me so i'm sure she wouldnt like it that much either :(
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