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    Default Tell me again which is the better bareback pad?

    Best Friend English bareback pad http://www.bestfriendequine.com/engl...reback-pad.htm

    or

    Kensington Fleece Bareback Pad
    http://www.horseloverz.com/Kensingto...8122.html#tab1


    Sorry; I know we've had this conversation before, but I forget.

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    Of the two, the Best Friends is the better one.

    That being said, if you want a REALLY NICE bareback pad, get this one by Christ:

    http://horsedreamimporters.com/bareback.php



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    Yeah I've seen that one. Unfortunately I can't spend that kind of money on a bareback pad.

    So why is the BF the better one, if you don't mind my asking? I'm looking for one for my fatty draft cross. He needs to get fitter before I bring in a saddle fitter .

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    This is the one I like the best. Reason being that I can use my dressage girth on it, which I prefer to the thinner girths that come on a lot of the other brands.

    http://www.silverdollarqh.com/bbpads.html

    I also LOVED it on my spooky arab because it helped me stick when he would do one of his super fun sideways leaps.



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    Quote Originally Posted by paulaedwina View Post
    Yeah I've seen that one. Unfortunately I can't spend that kind of money on a bareback pad.

    So why is the BF the better one, if you don't mind my asking? I'm looking for one for my fatty draft cross. He needs to get fitter before I bring in a saddle fitter .

    Paula
    The Best Friends one has neoprene (?) on the backside and girth. I felt that it "stuck" to the horse and didn't slip as much as the fleece ones.

    I tried a fleece one (different brand) before buying the Best Friends. I used the Best Friends until I discovered the Christ one. The Christ one is really secure - like a saddle. It was well worth the investment - at least for me.



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    I have the BF. The bottom is tacky-type material, the top is suede. You will stick to it. It will stick to the horse. The girth is narrow and puny and you can't swap it for a better one...but for doodling around 30 minutes 1-2 times a week, it's fine. it does not offer any relief over the spine- so I would not be comfortable using it any longer/more often than that.



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    Thank you very much. I hope you didn't mind repeating yourselves. I know we had this conversation before, but I'd forgotten. BF it is.

    Paula
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    Quote Originally Posted by paintlady View Post
    The Best Friends one has neoprene (?) on the backside and girth. I felt that it "stuck" to the horse and didn't slip as much as the fleece ones.

    I tried a fleece one (different brand) before buying the Best Friends. I used the Best Friends until I discovered the Christ one. The Christ one is really secure - like a saddle. It was well worth the investment - at least for me.
    I agree about the Christ. It gives you a very secure and comfortable seat. I was lucky and got mine new with tags at a tack sale for a third of the price. I also have the Best Friends pad and really like that one too. It fit a variety of horses, stayed put and has good padding. Plus my seat felt secure.



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    I would suggest you look for an older Ansur saddle -- they are dirt cheap, and they are basically a bareback pad with a little more to hang on to. They are also set up to use stirrups. Might be a little more than you want to spend, but they are more of a saddle and right now they sell for under $500 from what I've seen on ebay (I know this because I was trying to sell mine, and it was completely depressing how the market has fallen; I am just keeping it now).

    Might be an alternative for some people.



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    Okay, one more question. BF Western http://www.bestfriendequine.com/west...reback-pad.htm

    or BF English
    http://www.bestfriendequine.com/engl...reback-pad.htm

    I like the Western -it looks like there's more room for my butt. Is there some reason I ought not to get the Western pad if I'm an English rider or anything like that?

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    Why a bareback pad?



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    I love the Best Friends pad. I like the extra padded raised wither. It doesn't slip like other pads I've used have. The bottom is a neoprene texture. The surface is tacky and helps you stay put. I've ridden in it on steep terrain, and at speed, and no problems. It doesn't pick up debris and burrs like a fleece pad. Just hose it off to wash.



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    Alto,

    I'm buying a bareback pad to get Fella fitter before the saddle fitter. I sold our last saddle -the Wintec -as it didn't fit me or him really (he is wide in the shoulders -I'm starting to realize that the V is not the right tree shape for him). So I'm thinking here's a great opportunity to improve our connection even more -about 1/2 an hour a day a few days a week bareback. My equitation trainer has an extra wide (V shaped) cc saddle I might try as well.

    Paula
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwill View Post
    I would suggest you look for an older Ansur saddle -- they are dirt cheap, and they are basically a bareback pad with a little more to hang on to. They are also set up to use stirrups. Might be a little more than you want to spend, but they are more of a saddle and right now they sell for under $500 from what I've seen on ebay (I know this because I was trying to sell mine, and it was completely depressing how the market has fallen; I am just keeping it now).
    Ansur Classics in good condition with a petite or smaller seat sell for around $800-$1000 on eBay. If your seat was larger than that, then that is probably why you were having problems getting a decent price. A lot of people were mislead by their sizing system and bought saddles that were too large for them, myself included. Small sized Ansurs are a dime a dozen, petite or smaller in high demand.

    It's a far cry from the $1200-1600 they were going for last year, regardless of seat size.

    I currently have two Ansurs. I sold the one with the small seat and replaced it with a used petite Amigo, which needs the trauma system replace. Found that one at Middleburg Tack for $450. Totally being in the right place at the right time!

    I also bought a custom Classic with a petite seat from Ansur.

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    I'm not looking for a saddle at the moment, thanks.

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    I like the western as it holds my empty Red Solo Cup on the way back to the house.



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    Western it is! I like the Western purely for aesthetics....well the pocket is kind of cool too. It says to me, "Hey how about a little trail ride?"

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    I've been watching this thread because this Saturday I start lessons again after a long hiatus. My trainer wants me to ride bareback for a while to regain my seat.

    Before I pull the trigger on the BF English pad... what about the other two on this page? Is the Comfort Plus Bareback Pad or Comfort Plus Bareback Pad with ThinLine better?

    If it matters, I'd be riding with breeches and suede half chaps.



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    Quote Originally Posted by katarine View Post
    I like the western as it holds my empty Red Solo Cup on the way back to the house.
    thanks again for the chuckle.
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    Anyone?



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