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post #1 of 6 Old 04-14-2016, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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bareback pads

what are everyones thoughts on bareback pads.
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-14-2016, 12:05 PM
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Keeps your backside from getting dirty.
Don't use the ones with stirrups.

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post #3 of 6 Old 04-14-2016, 12:19 PM
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I love mine, I feel it protects my horses' back from my bony butt and having an oh-sh*t handle comes in handy occasionally (she's still a bit green yet and likes to go sideways as much as forwards sometimes). Even better, it's got a rough-out type suede top that helps me feel secure, especially when she's sweaty.

I agree with Dust, don't get the kind with stirrups (I've read those are bad for your horse's back).
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-14-2016, 12:43 PM
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I love my bareback pad. It's great for days where I'm too lazy to put a full saddle abd everything on.

But I also agree, no stirrups.
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-14-2016, 02:32 PM
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I love the fact that they keep the horse from shedding all over my butt as all of the hair ends up in my washing machine. But I don't love the fact that I don't feel quite as connected to the horse as I do when there is nothing between us...

Honestly, if the pads have stirrups I don't really think they should count as bareback pads. Sure, it's a little tougher to balance than a saddle, but not enough to really be any sort of challenge if there are stirrups. And the fact that it's challenging to ride as well bareback as you do in a saddle is what makes it fun, at least in my opinion!
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-14-2016, 02:42 PM
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If I had it to do over again I would have spent the money on a pair of chaps. They help you stick to a horse's back better than a bareback pad, and if I just want the convenience of hopping on I don't want to mess around with the bareback pad anyway. But worst of all, that little extra inch or two of the bareback pad makes it almost impossible for me to jump on.
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