Do You Need A Bareback Pad When Riding Your Horse Bareback?

Do you need a Bareback Pad? – In our opinion- YES. If you are planning to do more than the odd jaunt around the field, we would strongly recommend a bareback pad for both Horse and Rider comfort. Try sitting on your hands for five minutes and you will have an idea of what your seat bones feel like to your horses back!

What type of pad will depend on how often and long you plan to ride for. If you are an occasional bareback rider, who rides for short periods of time, there are many cheap and adequate pads on the market, but please still look for one with a bit of padding. But, if you plan to use your pad more regularly, a ‘well padded’ pad is a much better option.

Horsedream Bareback pad

Horsedream Sheepskin bareback pads have lambskin on the horses back (panels are unlined to give maximum contact) a layer of hard wearing quilted cotton (like a good quality numnah) and a top layer of lambskin for the rider to sit on. These pads also have insert pockets either side of the spine with composite foam padding (padding can be removed if not required, and when washing) The padding gives extra comfort to the horse, especially if it has high withers, if the rider is of heavier build (remember those seat bones) and if you plan to ride for long distances/time. You don’t lose any of the sensation with these style pads and you will feel the warmth of your horses’ body through the sheepskin along with all of its movements. You will also notice the freedom of movement your horse now has and how relaxed and fluid they feel. These Horsedream bareback pads are super comfy for the rider too and the lambskin acts as a shock absorber for both horse and rider – very therapeutic 🙂

Horsedream bareback pads are used with a dressage girth (so there are no lumps and nothing to rub against your leg). They have D rings for a breast plate to help secure the pad in place if your horse/pony is a little round! They also have a D ring for stirrup attachment, if required, although I have to say that I am not a fan of stirrups with bareback pads! If you do use stirrups with any bareback pad, please always use good safety stirrups.

Horsedream Lambskin/sheepskins have a high therapeutic value; they promote circulation, are temperature balancing, shock absorbing and prevent the development of sores. Sheepskin bareback pads are also very easy to care for: Lambskin/sheepskin consist entirely of proteins, and therefore do not provide a breeding ground for bacteria or viruses. Regular shaking and airing will help to neutralise odours and keep the wool fresh, with the added attraction that it is naturally dirt resistant, supple and hard-wearing. Using a special sheepskin brush, dirt, sweat and mud can be easily removed, reducing the need to wash the pad but if you do want to wash the pad, Horsedream sheepskin products can be machine washed, with a sheepskin detergent, and tumble dried at low temperatures.

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