Bareback Pad
Real Suede

  • Shipping Weight: 3kgs
  • Units in Stock: 0
  • Manufactured by: Cynthia Cooper


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.

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
  • 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? 

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.


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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 23 November, 2011.

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