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LightRider New Suede Bareback Pad

with pure-wool lining

$199.00
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More colors will be phased in as suede with synthetic felt lining sells out.

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These bareback pads are the most affordable design that really works for all types including higher withered horses (when combined with a treeless saddle pad).
They are approx. 16mm thick so provides good protection for both horse and rider.

  • Double Girth points are included but can be removed to attach western latigos if desired (purchase here)
  • Size Small (to suit ponies/children/very short backs) measures 16.5" (42cm) long + 16" (41cm) deep.

  • Size Regular (adult size) measures 20" (51cm) long and 18" (46cm) deep.

This unique design features:

  • A shaped centre seam to accommodate the wither - the synthetic pad will shape best to suit higher withers. 
  • Won't tighten directly onto the backbone due to stitched-down webbing on either side of the spine and relief in the webbing over the spine. 
  • Use with your own dressage/short 2 buckle girth or if you need a girth, try our Easy Clean Girth designed for comfort and ease of use.
  • D rings front and back to attach your saddle pad, breastplate, coat, lead rope, water bottle etc.
  • The reinforced handle is positioned across the wither for easy access and correct hand position when holding the reins.

    We recommend you use a cotton saddle pad underneath the Bareback Pad to keep the felt lining clean. A treeless saddle pad (with a 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? 

+ and - 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.  
- Suede being cowhide, can sometimes have small marks (nicks that don't affect function).

+ and - of Synthetic Micro Suede: 

+ Easier to clean - just hand wash.
+ Better for riding in the 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 an independent seat. 

You'll feel your horse's movement better from the closeness a bareback pad offers so your timing, feel and balance will develop. 

Your horse will move more freely than with a saddle so it will be more fun and comfortable for them. 

A bareback pad is ideal for introducing young horses to wearing a girth as it doesn't need to be as tight as a saddle. 
They are lightweight (around 2kg) so easy to carry to the horse, and thick enough to provide padding for your sharp seat bones.
And quite simply - a bareback pad keeps 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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Size Small (to suit ponies/children/very short backs) measures 16.5" (42cm) long + 16" (41cm) deep.

Size Regular (adult size) measures 20" (51cm) long and 18" (46cm) deep.

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

Real Suede being animal hide can sometimes have small marks (nicks) on the surface that doesn't affect functionality.

Suede Colours: Black, Brown, Violet, Navy, Dark Green, Turquoise, and Red (can vary with availability). 

  • 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 0.000025000m3

12 month Warranty on Manufacturing Faults

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