Bareback Pads


by Cynthia Cooper

Riding bareback with a pad is a good alternative to a saddle.

Riding bareback with a pad is a good alternative to a saddle for short rides and training sessions.

If you are having trouble finding a saddle to fit your horse or need to use something while you are waiting for your saddle to arrive, or want something to start your young horse in while his back is changing shape, consider a Bareback Pad.

Most Bareback pads are ideal for any shaped horse as they have no rigid structures to put pressure on the horse. They can (and should be) girthed up looser than a saddle so are more comfortable for the horse. A high withered horse may need a treeless saddle pad underneath the bareback pad to alleviate pressure at the wither.

They are ideal for the rider to improve their independant seat as a bareback pad should not have stirrups. Using stirrups on a bareback pad can put a lot of pressure directly on the spine as most bareback pads do not provide any support for a stirrup system to alleviate spinal pressure. See this article Beware of using bareback pads without stirrups. 

They also offer fantastic grip if they are made from suede leather and are light, so are easily carried to the horse.
A bareback pad offers ideal padding for the horse’s back (from your pointy seat bones) when riding for longer periods bareback, and they keep the rider clean!

It is much quicker to throw on a bareback pad than to saddle up and most of all, horses love them. They can also be used to re-habilitate horses who have suffered soreness from saddles and who try to bite or kick while being saddled.

The LightRider Bareback Pad

This pad was designed by Cynthia Cooper and features:

Best Bareback Pads come in a range of colours and sizes.

LightRider Bareback Pads come in a range of colours and sizes.

  • Shaped back seam is curved for a higher wither.
  • Girth will not tighten directly onto the backbone.
  • Changeable english or western girthing system (girth not incl.)
  • D rings front and back to tie on your coat, lead rope, water bottle etc.
  • Made from quality 16mm felt covered with real or synthetic suede.

Best of all, they have a 12 month warranty.
Now available in Regular and Small (ponies/shetlands/mini) size.
To purchase The LightRider Bareback Pad Visit the Natural Horse World Store

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