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post #21 of 31 Old 08-20-2009, 03:35 PM
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^^ Lucky skinny girl........ROFLOL. I am sure that you and Classy would get along great, you may have to adjust your seat so that you are using more of the butt and thighs, not so much the pelvic bones like in a saddle.
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post #22 of 31 Old 08-20-2009, 03:43 PM
 
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LOL I can see her getting jabbed by my bones and throwing me LOL...maybe just a light ride walking around wouldnt be bad i might have to try it one of these days :)
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post #23 of 31 Old 08-20-2009, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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I think that I'll try one of the pads since I too have a bony butt (I could gain 30 pounds, but none of it would go to my ridiculously flat butt, I swear) - somehow I didn't think about that factor. Honey has a slightly boney back too. I saw the "Best Friend's" one and the "Tacky Too" pad and will pick one of those I think - they were both rated well on www.horsetackreview.com. Thanks for the opinions.

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post #24 of 31 Old 08-28-2009, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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I had my first bareback ride yesterday! My much younger (and more daring) cousin is visiting from California. She's ridden bareback many times before so she rode Honey bareback first. It took Honey a few seconds to get used to it, but she was great (gosh, my ultra laid back horse is awesome!). My cousin has only ridden QH's before and can't believe how smooth my TWH's are, especially bareback. Anyway, I loved riding bareback - though I do see how it is a balancing challenge. I think it will help me become a much better rider. However, I will definitely get a bareback pad. I felt sorry for Honey since we're both bony, it was a lot more comfy when a put a saddle pad under myself. Still loads of fun though!

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post #25 of 31 Old 08-29-2009, 07:47 PM
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Congrats! Bareback will definitely help you strengthen your seat.

When I use a pad, it's usually because the horse has a really bony spine. For those of you who are saying to suck it up and take the pain, it's not just about you, it's about your horse's back. I can't imagine it'd be too comfortable for someone to be riding directly on your back with nothing to cushion the impact. If their back is really bony or their withers very high, I will use a wither pad underneath the bareback pad as well.
I will also use a pad to save me from the sweat/hair if it's particularly hot out.

Otherwise, I like to go completely bareback.

Just a suggestion for you, snoggle, I would begin with making yourself comfortable riding without stirrups (unless you already have). Once you feel secure, move on to the bareback pad. If Honey magically becomes fat, then ditch the pad.
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post #26 of 31 Old 09-01-2009, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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I got the "Best Friend" bareback pad today and love it. The quality is great and it is really pretty. Love the blue color against my palomino! It does make it much more comfortable (for both of us), yet I still am having to balance a lot more than I do with a saddle. I love riding that way! So much fun. It makes it a bit more of a workout too!

chevaliernr - I hadn't tried the saddle without stirrups yet, so I think I'll do that for a while first. I'm comfy with walking with just the pad, but any faster than that makes me a bit nervous. I think I'll ride using my saddle without stirrups for anything faster until I'm more comfy. Thanks for the tip!

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post #27 of 31 Old 09-02-2009, 12:30 AM
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I rode my horse with a bareback pad yesterday. I used a bareback pad because A. he had never been ridden bareback and B. he's got a bony wither! It also helps keep your breeches clean, and is generally easier to stay on (I have ridden both on multiple horses). I only did walk since it was his first time, but if I try trot I will need all the stick I can get :P
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post #28 of 31 Old 09-02-2009, 12:44 PM
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If they're wet I will put something on. Other than that they go nekkid.
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post #29 of 31 Old 09-02-2009, 01:39 PM
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I too have the best friend pad. I have mine in red. I love it! I've used with my qh because he had high bony withers, but for my mare I usually dont use anything.
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post #30 of 31 Old 09-02-2009, 04:13 PM
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With a barback pad you can still feel the horses movement. i personally like to go just bareback cuz its less work, but one of my horses is bony and it makes ALL the difference usung the pad. This is the pad i have except mine is in BRIGHT ORANGE hehe its all they had!
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