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  • #21
    I also have the Best Friends bareback pad - the square one (Western, is it?) with the side pocket and water bottle holder. Love the suede upper - it is nice and grippy - and the breathable bottom side for the horse. My horses aren't tall so I just hop on a log and throw a leg over! (I trail ride in it)
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    • #22
      Originally posted by KPF View Post
      This might be a dumb question, but how do y'all get on your horses if you use the ones w/o stirrups? I'd have to have a ginormous mounting block!!!
      There are several methods:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa9SL...eature=related

      or

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9is1...eature=related
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      • #23
        picnic table, Kawasaki Mule's front end, tailgate, etc

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        • #24
          I have an old Diamond Wool bareback pad - diamond wool on the underside - suede on the top. I use my fleeceworks pad underneath and that provides the cushion we both need. I also had the single nylon girth strap replaced with nylon billets so I can use my regular dressage girth.
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          • #25
            Little Joe. Really comfortable, secure and grippy. http://www.better-horsetack.com/index.cfm?page=sdlinfo

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              #26
              Wow, thank you all so much. Lots of options! I've actually really enjoyed riding bareback...I'm getting a lot stronger and I think my horse is really feeling good as well.

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              • #27
                I use a cheap one and put a pad under it if i need to. My horses all know how to sidestep over to the fence when I climb up it the big guy moved in next to the fence when a friend had come over to visit. She climbed on the fence to sit, but when he "parked" right next to her she slid on him. He meandered around the pasture and then came back and parked next to the fence again so she could get off. hahaha He is such a nice boy!

                I've always ridden bareback (I have saddles too), but when I broke my foot I couldn't get it in the stirrup so I rode bareback for months. I couldn't jump off because of the cast so my horses learned to sidle up to the wood fence as if it was a mounting/dismounting block.
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                • #28
                  Originally posted by coymackerel View Post
                  Little Joe. Really comfortable, secure and grippy. http://www.better-horsetack.com/index.cfm?page=sdlinfo
                  I was going to suggest this. They are pretty secure and comfortable.

                  Personally, I bought a Freeform treeless saddle off of eBay some years back. My horses have been fine with it and it is super comfortable and secure. You can still feel your horse's back, just not the spine.

                  Not sure how much budget you have but if I didn't jump I'd ride only in that. (I feel more secure jumping in a saddle with a tree).
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                  • #29
                    Another vote for the Best Friends pad. Very comfy and grippy. I use a pad or two under it on the bony/sharkfinned horses.

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                    • #30
                      Yet another vote for Best Friend. I also have the "Western Style" and use it all the time. I am also not 100% crazy about the girth though.

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                      • #31
                        Anyone have a Thinline bareback pad? I have been wanting to purchase one as soon as I have the money.

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                        • #32
                          Originally posted by paintlady View Post
                          This is hands-down the absolute BEST bareback pad EVER! It costs a fortune, but is worth every penny. I've had mine for about 2 years and use it at least a couple of times a month. It really holds you in like a saddle and is super comfortable.

                          Christ Premium Bareback Pad
                          http://www.horsedreamimporters.com/p...?product=C6302
                          I have had my Christ bareback pad for 4 years and I love it! It washes well and wears like iron.
                          Libby

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                          • #33
                            Hey, there, Friesiansporthorses.

                            You might want to read the forum rules re advertising.

                            http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/an....php?f=75&a=23
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                            • #34
                              Originally posted by SaddleUp158 View Post
                              Anyone have a Thinline bareback pad? I have been wanting to purchase one as soon as I have the money.
                              I've been wondering about those too. They look fabulous.
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                              • #35
                                Best Friend, Best Friend, Best Friend. I have the Western version. It is very comfortable for both horse and rider. After all our challenges with saddle fit Fella was so loose and relaxed under this it was ridiculous. I've hacked out with this pad.

                                http://www.bestfriendequine.com/barebackpads.htm

                                Awesome bareback pad. I went this route too when trying to find a saddle that fit my hard-to-fit horse and stumbled upon the best darned lessons I've had on my horse. Just riding bareback has helped my crookedness, softened my back and hips, and helped separate my aids. I even felt connection with his mouth without working so hard to look for it as I had been.

                                Be prepared; if you're like the most of us the first time you do it you're going to feel all sorts of insecure, so go slow. The improvements come fast though. Now it's something I do all the time to help my riding skills.

                                How do I get on

                                I shove Fella right up next to the rails of the arena, get up on a 3-step and swing a leg over. For an extra boost I reach over and grab the rail to pull myself up. YMMV on what your horse will tolerate, but I've mounted Fella from the tailgate of a Gator. I am sure you won't need that if you start with decent momentum, but I have the upper body strength of capon wings!

                                I second the no-stirrups admonition. It's not safe without a tree or some kind of stabilization. And you don't end up getting all those bareback riding benefits.

                                Paula
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                                • #36
                                  The Thinline didn't fit the shape of my horse very well and I found it to be way too sticky. I resold mine. Ended up with Parelli bareback pad after I tried my trainers. Suede seat is awesome and it quickly shapes to my horse's back, and awesome grab handle. LOVE IT!
                                  2leftsocks.blogspot.com

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                                  • #37
                                    I covet one of those Christ bareback pads.

                                    I have a three-step block, but there's also a FOUR-step block available -- it's actually some sort of a boat step. It originally had a handrail attached. Now being used as a mounting block at a local fancy barn.

                                    The older I get, the taller my mounting blocks get -- or the shorter my horses will have to be!

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                                    • #38
                                      I use the Skito bb pad. It has the super thick, stable foam , english billets and tie-on Ds. I could use my bc & crupper with it.
                                      The kito pad has a tacky patch under the rider's derriere.
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                                      • #39
                                        I ride my mare bareback when we are taking a break from our dressage lessons. She has really high withers, which makes sitting the trot a lesson in balance and keeping my center of gravity back where it should be. I've developed a much more secure seat since starting this.
                                        I have never ridden in a bareback pad, but I was wondering about them. It seems as though they would defeat the purpose, but may have good qualities. What is the deciding factor for those of you that decide to use a BBP over true bareback? Can it truly be called bareback if there is a pad?
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                                        • #40
                                          The pad is just there to stop your pants looking like you wet yourself. I guess if the pad gets really involved and has blocks and lots of stuff then it goes towards the realm of saddle. For example, I've ridden in the equalizer bareback saddle, and liked it alot. However it is not a bareback pad -it's got too much rigidity in the seat. It's a very comfortable ride, but it isn't bareback.

                                          http://www.aussiesaddle.com/products...eback_pad.html

                                          Paula
                                          He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).

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