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  1. #1
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    Default Best Bareback Pad?

    The saddle that I have doesn't fit my horse, so I thought I might buy a bareback pad to ride in until I find a saddle. Can anyone suggest a good bareback pad? I've never used one before, so I don't really know what to look for.

    I was looking at this one from Smartpak:
    http://www.smartpakequine.com/Produc...0&cm_vc=Search
    Any reviews?

    I would like one with lots of cushion. With or without stirrups, doesn't matter.

    Also, has anyone ever heard of a foam bareback saddle? My friend was telling me about this, but I haven't been able to find it online anywhere. I guess it's around $200 and looks like a saddle, but it's just foam.

    Thanks in advance!



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    The foam one you mentioned sounds like a Cashel Soft Saddle: http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.h...e-ee30e6b7815d
    Haven't ever tried one, but from what I've read, it sounds like they tend to put you in a chair seat.

    Cushiest bareback pad that I know of is the Christ/Horsedream one: http://horsedreamimporters.com/bareback.php - I have the premium one (with the thigh "blocks") and it's sooo soft.

    Haven't tried, but have heard good things about the Best Friend ones: http://www.bestfriendequine.com/barebackpads.htm (and they're not as pricey as the Cashel or Christ).

    Wouldn't advise stirrups on a bareback pad, though - no tree means that if you overbalance into one of them, you can pretty easily roll the pad right underneath the horse. Saw it happen to a friend years ago - she got stepped on pretty badly.

    There is one "bareback pad" with a fork called the Natural Ride that's supposed to be OK with stirrups, but I haven't ever actually seen one in person: http://www.naturalride.com/products.html



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    Riders Choice...

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=260335083379

    You can get them in almost any color.

    Definitely no stirrups.



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    I love my LJ saddle!

    http://www.better-horsetack.com/index.cfm?page=bbsdl

    It uses a dressage girth
    Last edited by morgansnmind; Apr. 7, 2011 at 11:33 AM.



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    Isn't "bareback saddle" an oxymoron?

    I've been curious about the suede ones (with a buckle girth) though I might just get an exercise saddle instead.



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    Quote Originally Posted by danceronice View Post
    Isn't "bareback saddle" an oxymoron?
    Yes, it is, but I didn't know how else to describe it because I've never seen one and didn't really know what it was. My friend called it a bareback saddle so that's the only description I had. After looking at it, I don't think I like it.

    Has anyone ever used this one:
    http://www.bestfriendequine.com/comf...reback-pad.htm

    Thanks for all of the suggestions!



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    A friend of ours has one of those Comfort Plus ones and she loves it.



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    I love my Best Friend Equine bareback pad
    http://www.bestfriendequine.com/engl...fmhblm3b9l3644



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    I have the same one that TheOtherHorse posted and love it! I haven't used it much recently, but at one point I was schooling my shark-fin TB over cross country fences in it!



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    Quote Originally Posted by morgansnmind View Post
    I love my LJ saddle!

    http://www.better-horsetack.com/index.cfm?page=bbsdl

    It uses a dressage girth

    I totally agree. I have one, and it is just as stable as a normal saddle. Stirrups are fine and you can mount from the ground.

    It is a saddle that fits almost all horses. It very padded, and has a sticky feel. I have sat some huge spooks w/that saddle.

    Little Joe Bareback Pads are very comfortable and stable saddles. I LOVE mine!



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    OP, I'm in the same boat as you. I just ordered one from Stateline Tack to use on top of my western Thinline pad. I haven't tried it yet, but it looks light and grippy (and not too pricey if it ends up being a dud.) It was $39.99 plus I got $5.00 off with a promotional code.

    http://www.statelinetack.com/item/mu...ack-pad/WIM01/



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    I have this one, only in black.

    http://www.bestfriendequine.com/comf...reback-pad.htm

    Only thing I don't care for is the girth that comes with it, but it totally detaches so I can just use a different one. I've used this pad on trail rides, with plenty of up-and-downhill riding, and it's held up well.
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    I love the Best Friends pad! I've used one for about 2.5 years on my gelding (not every ride, but fairly often) and it's been far better than I could have ever expected. My only criticism is that on high withered horses, it doesn't have enough ease for the withers and can bind. Otherwise, it's AMAZING and worth every single penny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danceronice View Post
    Isn't "bareback saddle" an oxymoron?
    Maybe, but doesn't it sound nicer than KeepHorsehair&SweatOffMyButt Saddle?
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    I almost hate to admit to this but Parelli has one.
    http://shop.parellinaturalhorsetrain...?productId=121
    It is suede on the top and medical felt underneath.
    I changed out the offside billet to a to be able to use a western neoprene girth. This is the type of billet I used. http://www.rods.com/Leather-Off-Side-Billet,462.html
    It has some type of dense padding that is firm enough to protect body part that need protection from prominant withers but isn't too thick or squishy. It stays in place and the top gives plenty of stick.

    They are a bit pricey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SonnysMom View Post
    I almost hate to admit to this but Parelli has one.
    http://shop.parellinaturalhorsetrain...?productId=121
    It is suede on the top and medical felt underneath.
    I changed out the offside billet to a to be able to use a western neoprene girth. This is the type of billet I used. http://www.rods.com/Leather-Off-Side-Billet,462.html
    It has some type of dense padding that is firm enough to protect body part that need protection from prominant withers but isn't too thick or squishy. It stays in place and the top gives plenty of stick.

    They are a bit pricey.
    Have two, one is 10 years old and the other is 5 years old. Quality item and they last.

    This one is very similar...

    Riders Choice...

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=260335083379

    You can get them in almost any color.



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    Smile

    I have a beautiful & comfortable sheepskin bareback pad from www.lasaddles.com
    My horse likes it & my tush loves it. It is by far the most comfortable bareback pad I have ever used!
    Beth



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    Quote Originally Posted by jen-s View Post
    I love the Best Friends pad! I've used one for about 2.5 years on my gelding (not every ride, but fairly often) and it's been far better than I could have ever expected. My only criticism is that on high withered horses, it doesn't have enough ease for the withers and can bind. Otherwise, it's AMAZING and worth every single penny.
    Not to hijack, but does anyone have any other feedback about which pads work/don't work with high withered horses? I've been thinking about purchasing one specifically for my mostly retired, shark-finned gelding for when I take him on the occasional easy trail ride.
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    i've tried a few, including the cashel. for me what works best is an anti-cast surcingle, cuz it has a flexible 'tree' and i can use the handle if i want to.
    i simply layer a cushy pad or two, cinch it up and i feel very secure with it.
    i did not care at all for the cashel, felt i was going to go right around the barrel of the horse, and sold it.
    i think the colorado bareback saddle is very similar to what i use, though the 'tree' isn't flexible, which i prefer.
    hth!



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    I have the Supracor bareback pad which I haven't used in quite a while (not into bareback any more), but everyone at the barn who tried it loved it. One of them spent a full day on it at Acadia National Park. Next day they fought about who got it.

    It is wicked expensive but has 2 supracor pads in it, plus in the girth. It is ultrasuede and real fleece and wool, and is machine washable.

    www.supracor.com



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