Bareback Pad

A bareback pad (also known as a bareback saddle or bareback saddle pad) is a middle ground between riding barefoot and riding with a saddle. It provides a surface that provides a little more grip and weight distribution than riding barefoot. A bareback pad, on the other hand, offers very little support and stability.

A contoured pad made of fleece, nylon, wool, or rough out leather makes up a bareback pad. The top-side will be textured, either from the material or from the construction, to keep the rider’s rump up on the horse. Pads are not all created equal. Some are made of strong rough out leather with a medical felt liner, while others are merely a piece of fleece between you and your horse.

A strap or cinch is used to secure bareback pads. Traditional western rigging with a D ring, latigo, and cinch will be found on the better pads. A narrow nylon strap will catch around the horse on the lower-quality pads. A sturdy hand-hold strap should be put where the horn on a western saddle traditionally sits on a bareback pad.

Stirrups are included with some bareback pads. While it may appear to be a nice idea, they are extremely harmful and should be eliminated. Your feet becoming tangled in stirrups is the last thing you want with a pad’s lack of rigidity and inclination to move from side to side.

It is debatable whether to ride bareback or with a bareback pad. It is frequently considered as a good approach to improve your horse’s balance and feel. While this is true, you must first be competent as a rider; else, you and your horse will be in danger. Bareback riding is not for the inexperienced rider. You should be able to walk, trot, and canter in a saddle without stirrups before riding with just a pad. Bareback riding will be safe for you at that point, and you will be able to enjoy the pleasures of being so close to your horse.

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