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post #1 of 8 Old 05-15-2018, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Ultra ThinLine Comfort Bareback Saddle Pad

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I am getting back into riding after 20ish years off :) so, I am pretty much a beginner rider. I recently bought the Ultra ThinLine Comfort Bareback Saddle Pad after reading so many great reviews. Problem is, I feel very unstable with it on, like there is too much padding and it's rounding my horses back. Without the pad, I feel secure. My instructor also noticed this when she tried it out.

Any tips or tricks? I would hate to sell it if I can make it work!

Or thoughts on a different style? My horse is wide and strong, I had just wanted more protection for his spine, and to keep my jeans cleaner :)
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-15-2018, 03:35 PM
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Welcome back to horses!

No matter how well-designed a bareback pad is, in the end it is merely a pad strapped to a round, moving object - it simply cannot offer the stability of a saddle.

If you lay a soda can on it's side and place a napkin on top, the napkin will easily roll to either side. But if you fold a piece of paper to create a crease down the center, then open it back up atop the can, it's more likely to remain balanced because the paper has some structure to it - much like a saddle on a horse.
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A bareback pad, any brand, is just there to protect your rear from getting dirty. Try a regular blanket, see if it proves to be too much padding as well. Might be that you are used to just riding with, well, nothing at all.
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-15-2018, 07:49 PM
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Can I ask why you are not riding in a saddle? I have nothing against riding bareback, or using a bareback pad, but usually beginner riders (this includes those who, like myself, have gone many years without riding) start in saddles for stability.

And welcome back to horses! There are many of us here who stopped riding, then picked it up again later in life. Have fun! This is a great adventure.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-16-2018, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, that's what I'm starting to think too! lol
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-16-2018, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Oddly, I feel safer and more stable without a saddle. And this time around, I want to perfect my balance and core strength more than anything... even if I have to walk and trot for months I am also riding in a saddle, but without stirrups atm.
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I'm going to make a assumption that your time away from riding is childhood/late teen years to now adulthood and a return to horses...
As kids your sense of balance, your equilibrium is not fine tuned as it is as a adult...
Kids can easily ride on swings...not me today. Makes me want to vomit.
As a adult you may now have a better sense of balance and also the understanding of follow the horse with your hip and spine motion = balance finer tuned..
Fine motor skills are up a notch from being a kid.
So is concentration and wanting it so bad...you focus deeper and feel things more acutely.
May sound crazy but is truth...


Saddle, bareback or with a pad between you and the horse...
Your senses are much more "dialed-in"...
Middle ear sensitivity is refined makes us more aware of where are bodies are in relation to riding and having balance.

Whatever floats your boat for riding comfort...do that.
Personally, I'm not a fan of bareback pads of any brand or kind...
If something is going to be between me and the horse, let it be my saddle.
I find using a bareback pad stops me from finding the "sweet spot" of balance using the horses muscles I sit on to guide my balancing mechanism.


I've had a lot worse than dirty, hairy jeans from riding astride..
Some rolled up duct tape to remove shed hair, a brush to brush away the worst of the dirt...a towel on my car seats is used though ...
Yup, I stop at the store homeward bound...don't care.
My butt being dirty is usually the least of the filth I carry on me...
People know it is horse dirt...one whiff..and I truly don't care.

ENJOY your ride no matter what sits between you and horsey..
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-23-2018, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, this exactly! Thank you
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