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LightRider Bareback Pad(Color:Dark Green,Size:Regular,Style:Real Suede $149)

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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 are approx. 16mm thick so pass the 'pinch' test, and provide good protection for both horse and rider.

  • Girth points are included but can be removed to attach western latigos if desired (can be purchased here).

This unique design features:

  • A curved shape to accommodate a wither. 
  • Will not tighten directly onto the backbone due to stitched down webbing either side of the spine and relief in the webbing over the spine. 
  • Use with your own dressage/short 2 buckle girth or try our Easy Clean Girth designed for comfort.
  • D rings front and back to attach your saddle pad, breastplate, coat, lead rope, water bottle etc.
  • The reinforced handle is positioned east/west for easy access where it lies on the wither.

    We recommend you use a cotton saddle pad 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/or high wither. If you find your pad slips, use a 'sticky' synthetic pad. 

Real suede vs Synthetic? 

+ & - of Real Suede: 

+ 'Grippier' than synthetic.
+ Longer lasting - heavier duty.  
+ Tougher so less likely to tear.
+ Slightly thicker than synthetic. 
-  Water may leave marks.
-  Suede brush needed to clean.  

+ & - of Synthetic Suede: 

+ Easier to clean - just hand wash.
+ Better for riding in water.
+ More flexible so moulds to horses shape easier.
+ Vegan - no animal derived components. 
- Not quite as 'grippy' or as thick as real suede.
- Not as tough as Real Suede.  

Why use a bareback pad? 

Bareback Pad Riding

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 doesn't need to be as tight as a saddle girth. 
They are lightweight (around 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!
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 damage a horse's spine - a saddle has a channel to alleviate that pressure but a bareback pad with stirrups or a girth over the backbone puts pressure directly on the backbone. Read more about this here. 

 

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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.

Materials: Real suede leather or synthetic suede (industrial quality) lined with synthetic felt. 16mm (5/8") thick approx. 

Colours: Black, Brown, Violet, Blue, Dark Green and Red. 

  • Use with your own dressage/short 2 buckle girth or try our Easy Clean Girth designed for comfort.
  • Girth points that are included can be removed to attach western latigos if desired (can be purchased here). 
  • D rings front and back to attach your saddle pad, breastplate, coat, lead rope, water bottle etc.
  • The reinforced handle is positioned east/west for easy access where it lies on the wither.
  • Includes beta biothane girth straps to suit a dressage girth - you supply the girth to match your horse/pony size. 
Brand LightRider
Shipping Cubic 0.018000m3

12 month Warranty on Manufacturing Faults

Couldn’t ask for better

By: on 26 November 2017
The bareback saddle pad makes me feel secure and comfortable as I learn to ride bareback confidently. I couldn’t have asked for a better product and I am certain my horses agree too. The red also looks pretty spunky on the horses as well
(5)

Light Ridet Bareback Pad

By: on 17 October 2017
My Granddaughter (13) really loves this Bareback Pad, she says it gives a really comfortable ride, the suede seat gives extra grip, best item I have purchased for her. A great product. Thank you
(5)

bareback pad

By: on 12 September 2017
excelent quality works perfectly and easy to use
(5)

Good for price

By: on 20 August 2017
For the price I paid this bareback pad is amazing, its grippy and comfortable and I love that I can change from English girth points to western. The one thing with this is how far forward the girth points sit as it makes it difficult to maintain a good leg position but I understand its likely to make sure there's no pressure on the horses back so overall I think this item is wonderful
(4)

Bareback pad

By: on 18 June 2017
Love the bareback pad! Both the horses and I are much more comfortable, and they're very well made and good looking.
(5)

Bareback Pad

By: on 13 May 2017
I'm really happy with my bareback pad. Using the pad gives me that extra grip to manage hills and small log jumps while out trail riding. My pony loves it as much as I do and we're strengthening our bond with every ride.
(5)

Best Bareback Pad I Have Ever Used!!

By: on 19 February 2017
I love to ride bareback but some of my horses aren't as comfortable to ride as others. I am currently working with an Off-track Thoroughbred, Jacob's Lighthouse, preparing him to compete at the 2017 Retired Racehorse Thoroughbred Makeover. He has a very narrow back and uphill build, not the most comfortable to sit on. He also came off the track very "girthy" and did not want a saddle on. The LightRider Bareback pad offers the perfect amount of padding to allow both of us comfort with out feeling unstable or pinching Jacob's wither or back. The Synthetic suede offers the right amount of grip when riding and I can choose what girth to use, making it able to fit all of my horses, from a small Arabian to my Percheron. The LightRider Bareback pad also works great for Bareback Yoga!
(5)

Amazing Quality and Looks Great

By: on 17 January 2017
I have a horse with high withers, so this is ideal for bareback. It looks great and feels good. I bought the pad for underneath and it works well together. I am a western rider, so a little confusing how to attach cinch to it to keep it sturdy. I bought the western straps, but no instructions. I am finding no videos that are helpful.
(4)

Great Pads

2 October 2015
Absolutely love these bareback pads ..... So easy and simple to use , the kids throw on their pads themselves and ride all afternoon....
(5)

Synthetic Suede Bareback Pad

By: on 24 July 2015
I decide on a synthetic pad as I am using it for bush riding and as well as getting wet when we cross through creeks, it also gets filthy and sweaty and needs hosing down frequently. I am using a good channelled saddle blanket underneath and the horse seems very comfortable in it. I love the D rings as I need to take a water bottle with me as well as a saddle bag for fencing pliers, lunch e.t.c. Initially I found the suede almost too magnetic and had a job to slide off for the dismount, but that improved as I became used to the pad. All in all a great buy, so much quicker than putting on the saddle.
(4)

soooo comfy!

By: on 29 May 2015
This is the most comfiest thing ever! I like it because I feel closer to my horse and it also gives me a bit of 'stick' if he gets a fright when riding. Better than a saddle and better than bareback! Wish I had got it sooner!
(5)

Great bareback pad!

By: on 26 April 2015
Very comfortable, nice that it takes my dressage girth, super light, very happy with it and the company. Only downside has nothing to do with the pad or Natural Horse World and everything to do with international shipping. Paid for 5-7 working days, it came 12 working days later not including Easter Friday or Easter Monday. Aussie postal service is very poor. Store Owners Note: Often overseas customs procedures will hold up an item too. Afraid we have no control over that.
(4)

The best bareback pad for horse and rider.

By: on 18 March 2015
I've been riding 30+ years, and have yet to find a bareback pad that contours to the horse's back and allows a long enough flap for the rider. This pad is excellent for the horse and rider. I put a tacky tack saddle pad underneath to keep the bareback pad in place and prevent soiling. I use a biothane contoured dressage girth attached to the Cashel girth converter (converts Western to English). It is by far the best I have ridden in and I have bought several. Dolly, my Spotted Saddle Horse and I are both so comfortable. Keep up the good work and continue making the best bareback pad for horse and rider.
(5)

Suede bareback pad

By: on 17 March 2015
Since buying one of these bareback pads I haven't pulled out my saddle once. Best thing I have ever bought.
(5)

The Best Bare Back Pad Really is "the best"

By: on 2 January 2015
I bought a best bare back pad for my daughter for Christmas. I teamed it with a Dixie Midnight pad to keep it clean and found it to be a brilliant combination. My daughter remarked that the bare back pad is super comfy and makes her feel very secure. This is a quality made product and worth every cent. Thanks Cynthia!
(5)

Top quality

By: on 12 October 2014
This bareback pad is aptly named and provides a comfy ride with extra grip and my mare who loves to be ridden bareback is a very happy girl indeed.
(5)

The pads needs a short dresage girth but is otherw

By: on 25 April 2014
I usually ride fully bareback but as I lost weight and my elderly cob always loses a bit of weight over the winter, I thought a pad would be ideal for us. I was first a bit disappointed, as my various girths were all too long and so I experienced a lot of slipping of the pad but after buying a really short dressage girth (50cm/20"), we are finally in business: Both pony and I seem to be happy with it, especially riding with full seated breeches, there is not a single slip. This is especially important as I sometimes take my 2-year old filly on a long leadrope to get her used to the road. She occasionally stops dead in the trot and gone are now the days where I simply slide off my bareback mount, as the pad is so lovely sticky :-). Also good: I give the occasional kid from the neighbourhood a ride and they seem to feel a bit more confident with the pad (whereas my full-sized saddle is much to wide for them). So: so far everybody is happy :-)
(4)

Excellent product!!!!!!!!!

By: on 28 January 2014
I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this bareback pad for such a reasonable price. I used a thin cotton pad underneath and this worked fine. It is SO comfy that I didn't want to revert back to my saddle. My instructor looked at it too and has said we can do part of lessons using it too. It makes me feel such close contact to my boy and I love it!!!
(5)

Excellent Quality Bareback Pad

By: on 27 February 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.
(5)

Excellent product

By: on 19 February 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.
(5)

Excellent value for money and great quality

By: on 19 February 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 :)
(5)

best bareback pad is well named

By: on 13 January 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.
(5)

Worth every cent! Thanks again Cynthia : )

By: on 14 November 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.
(5)

Your bareback pad is great Cynthia!

By: on 13 September 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.
(5)

VERY COMFORTABLE!

By: on 25 February 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!
(4)

it is wonderful :)

By: on 19 August 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 :)
(5)

Very Impressed

By: on 9 July 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.
(5)

They are fantastic!

By: on 7 July 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.
(5)

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