Opinions on the synthetic bareback pads with stirrup attachments?

@katherinemcgee thank you for your response. In all honesty, it's for my pony who is dire to get a saddle to fit and thought possibly, it may have been a solution to the saddle issue but from the answers on here and reviews online I'm not going to touch them xx
I’ve used a bareback pad 2 or 3 times only for the extra cushioning. I agree with Holly that stirrups beat the purpose of bareback. Bareback riding really helps build good balance on your horse.
I would never get a barebackpad with stirrups, they ruin your horses back for sure. I honestly don't understand why they even make them. A normal barebackpad is fine, it helps distribute the riders weight/it cushions a bit more than riding without a pad. My horses' lease girl has a hip problem and a saddle causes her pain, so she always rides with the barebackpad (2 times a week). If your horse is constantly changing shape, you could look into a saddle with a flexible tree, or wait with a (new) saddle until he stabilizes a little. Some saddlers also have the option to take back or exchange for a saddle they sold you for a small fee.
@hollywarrenhorses - im only looking into them as my pony changes shape constantly and thought it may be a better idea than a conventional saddle xx
In my opinion so do bareback pads but it’s personal preference
They are okay. I’ve never tried them. But I kinda defeats the purpose of bareback
I second what Alannah says. Research into treeless saddles shows that they cause massive pressure points behind the withers so I would even avoid them. I would imagine bareback pads with stirrups would be worse.
Thank you Alannah xx
Sorry didn’t mean to post just that! Here’s the rest:
- The stirrup and girth attachment can damage your horses back
- if the pad slips (due to unbalanced rider putting more weight in one stirrup) your feet will most likely still be in the stirrups
So personally, I would stick with no stirrups for bareback pads. Not only are they safer for you and your horse, it helps with balance and sitting deep.
I love bareback pads, but I’ve never tried them with stirrups. From what I’ve heard, you shouldn’t use them. Some things I’ve heard before:
- it is very easy for the pad to slip if you are unbalanced.
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