Includes beta biothane girth straps/points - you supply the girth to match your horse/pony size.
Designed by Cynthia Cooper, these bareback pads are the most affordable in a design that really works for all types including higher withered horses.
They come in real suede with a felt lining and biothane girth points for $149 OR in synthetic suede with a felt lining and biothane points for $99. (Girth not included)
We recommend that a saddle pad is used underneath the Bareback Pad to keep the felt lining clean. A treeless saddle pad (with centre channel) is best for horses with a very under muscled back and high wither.
Colours: Black, Brown, Violet, Dark Blue, Dark Green and Red. (Real Suede colours can vary slightly depending on hide and tanning variety).
Sizes: Small (to suit ponies/children) measures 16.5" (42cm) long + 16" (41cm) deep, and Regular (adult size) measures 20" (51cm) long and 18" (46cm) deep.
This unique design features:
Why use a bareback pad?
Riding on a 'sticky' suede bareback pad gives you more security than without one, while allowing you the freedom to develop your balance and independent seat.
A bareback pad is ideal for introducing young horses to wearing a girth as it as it shouldn't be tightened like a saddle girth.
They are lighter (under 2kg) so easy to carry to the horse, and thick enough to provide padding for your seatbones.
They keep your horse comfortable and your backside clean!
Using a cotton saddle pad underneath the bareback pad keeps the felt clean, and if you find your pad slips, use a 'sticky' synthetic pad.
Enjoy the freedom and challenges of riding on a Bareback Pad - the suede gives you much better grip than most saddles.
Please Note: Good bareback pads are not sold with stirrups as they can put you in danger by causing the pad to slip to one side if your balance is thrown suddenly.
The use of stirrups on a bareback pad can also severely damage a horse's spine due to pressure - a saddle has a channel to alleviate that pressure but a bareback pad comes into direct contact with the backbone.
Posted by Chris (Vic) on 27th Feb 2013
I am more than happy with my Suede Bareback pad. Very good quality. It is very comfy and has wonderful Grip. I will be using it later on for my Grandchildren. Cynthia I'm not quite sure yet on what would be the best saddle cloth to use with it?
Cynthia replies: Thanks Chris - I've found the best saddlecloth to use is cotton one, or if you have a high withered horse, one designed for use with a treeless saddle (has padding either side of the backbone). I am working on designing one especially to go with the pad.
Posted by Izzy Chasney on 19th Feb 2013
I was thrilled with the quality of this bareback pad. It is extremely well made and excellent quality and i think the price is extremely reasonable. As is all of cynthias products . I certainly would buy here first . Cynthia you need to make alot more products :)
Posted by Izzy Chasney on 19th Feb 2013
I rode my horse today in this pad and i even felt confident enough to trot which i would not normally bareback . It is very comfortable and well padded.It did not move and kept me securely in place. My horse loved it as much as the light rider bridle.
Posted by Abby Parkes on 14th Jan 2013
I am thrilled with my new bareback pad. Not only does it look great-love the colour options-it is comfortable, doesnt slip, is 'sticky' to ride in, the girth points are well placed not to rub the rider's leg, the handle easy to get hold of, and it fits different shaped horses very well.
Posted by Bec on 14th Nov 2012
I am loving my Bareback saddle pad. I haven't needed to use the handy handle as I am too stuck to the saddle pad and I only ever ride in jeans!
I have a big standy with huge bouncy movement and this is really helping me get a great core strength. I am also using it for my young Waler as a part of his starting process. I'm constantly telling people about Cynthia because none of her products ever let me down. Qualtiy from a real horseman.
Posted by Jane B. SA on 13th Sep 2011
I bought it to use when I ride my daughter's 12hh pony and it sits so well on her and is very comfortable and feels really secure with the suede to sit on.
I like the way the handle sits across ways and the fact it is big enough to hold nicely with both hands in a good position. Hannah felt very safe and comfortable in it when she had the ride recently, that is a good test as she is a nervous little Nellie.
Even though it is the large size, we used it on our little 10hh pony and it was great. I was surprised it looked absolutely fine and not too big, two little kids were able to double on the pony and feel really relaxed and happy.
Posted by Grace(NSW) on 25th Feb 2011
Very comfortable for horse and rider! Doesn't rub and has excellent grip! Can slip a little. The horses love it and I can canter up a hill with it! I love it much more than my saddle! Even though my saddle is a Kincade and quite comfortable, I will happily ride in your BEST bareback pads anyday! Rather than a saddle!
Posted by Cassie H. on 19th Aug 2010
Even riding without jodphurs it has excellent grip and I actually managed a few circles of trot with my boy.
The appeal of the bareback pad for me is that I can ride without having to use the saddle and I will hopefully gain more balance and confidence, and it's good for my horse too because he doesn't like the saddle much, he's sore in his girth area so the bareback pad allows me to ride him without the saddle as it doesn't have to be as tight.
Thank you very much, it's worth every penny :)
Posted by Frances B. NSW. on 9th Jul 2010
I tried the bareback pad today for the first time and am very impressed. I felt very comfortable and safe, and confident enough
after a few minutes to do some gentle trotting.
This is no small thing as I only started learning to ride at the end of July last year
and I have a bit of a phobia of falling, heights and speed, so to be so confident trotting with that pad is really something.
The horse I was riding is a lovely gentle old lady with a very flat trot; I've ridden her bareback once before & my balance and comfort was a lot better.
I'm delighted I didn't end up
with any chaffing, which I usually get from riding bareback.
I definitely feel much safer & more 'glued on' the horse on the bareback pad than in a saddle; my instructor said it's made a huge difference to my seat. I'd happily recommend it to anyone.
Posted by Renee. South Australia. on 7th Jul 2010
I bought a horse 1 1/2 years ago, since then I hadn't ridden for ..12 years. I bought the bare back pad and I have constantly used it (I have not used my saddle).
Riding bare back has improved my balance and my seat so much, I even feel so comfortable and safe with the pad that I have jumped my horse with it (not big).
It has also helped me communicate to my horse better as I can put my legs on the horse.
My horse is a pretty bad shyer but the pad has kept me on the horse and helped me alter my body position to keep my balance.
It's fantastic.... keep doing what you are doing, because we need great products out there that truly work.
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