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post #1 of 13 Old 09-16-2019, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Bareback pad recommendations?

I love riding bareback because it's fun and I'm too lazy for a saddle. I usually just ride english if I don't want to haul out the heavy western saddle. But I like the feeling of being really close to my horse and no stirrups. And it's so hot here that my horse sweats like a pig and soaks my jeans. For some reason, her sweat and hair sting my legs and just about give me a rash. I have ridden in chaps and those help, but I'd like to look into a bareback pad.

However, I can't seem to find a bareback pad that looks like it'll work for me. I know someone with this one and it looks comfy - https://www.statelinetack.com/item/b...k-pad/E004918/ but it's a bit more expensive than I'd like. Plus, I kind of want something with a bit of color. Though it's the perfect thickness. I don't want something bulky, I might as well put a saddle on.

I love the look of this one - https://www.chicksaddlery.com/showma...%2Bdata%2Bfeed mainly because it looks like the pad will actually go far enough up the horse's withers. Most cheapy ones don't look like they'd pad the shoulders at all. The thing that worries me about this pad is the ring on the side. I'm afraid it'll rub my leg. I've had that happen before and it's quite painful even after just a little riding. I'd take the stirrups off by the way, because stirrups on a bareback pad are a disaster waiting to happen. It's also kind of bulky.

Here's what I don't like - https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...k?cm_vc=-10005 the cinch is very oddly placed I think. It's way too far forward. The only thing good about this pad is that it doesn't have stirrups.

This one has what I'd call "correct" cinch placement. https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...1?cm_vc=-10005

What do you all use?

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post #2 of 13 Old 09-16-2019, 03:35 PM
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I have the one in your first link and I love it. It is super light and comfy, it doesnt slip at all. I did buy mine from amazon for a MUCH lower price so I would check there first 😁
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Really?? I looked on Amazon and it wasn't cheaper at all.

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I had the first one you have linked. I liked it better than the fleece bottom one I had as a kid.
I sold it on here just because I didn't use it enough.

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Curious why stirrups on a bareback pad are a "disaster waiting to happen"? I've never tried them on a bb pad before. Thanks.
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Really?? I looked on Amazon and it wasn't cheaper at all.
Dang it I'm sorry. I want to say I paid about 50 bucks when I got mine. For some reason the navy was way cheaper then the black when I originally bought it about 3 or 4 years ago. But I still have it and it has held up perfectly so it is definitely worth the price.
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Curious why stirrups on a bareback pad are a "disaster waiting to happen"? I've never tried them on a bb pad before. Thanks.
1. Weight isnt distributed correctly and places too much strain on horses' spine
2. Bareback pads aren't supposed to be done up tight and don't have same support as saddle so it can slip when getting on or if you become unbalanced
https://www.naturalhorseworld.com/be...pads-stirrups/
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post #8 of 13 Old 09-16-2019, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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@duskexx beat me to it lol. And why would I want a bareback pad if I wanted to ride with stirrups?
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post #9 of 13 Old 09-17-2019, 05:42 AM
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I like that first one too!

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post #10 of 13 Old 09-17-2019, 06:17 AM
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I have the one in the first link and like it a lot. My B/O's son really liked it too so I bought him his own and he uses it all of the time. I paid a lot less for it. They must have just upped the price in the last year. Maybe you can wait for it to go on sale. It's a really nice and useful bareback pad though.

It's a little less expensive here https://www.chicksaddlery.com/comfor...ack-pad-173655

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