I am now the proud owner of a bareback saddle pad!! My Hubby bought it for me after my last post. Woo Hoo!!
This is what my new BB pad looks like, but in navy blue. There’s a water bottle holder on the other side.
I tried it out on Ava first. Let me preface this by saying I haven’t ridden bareback in well over a year, and that was back when I was in tip-top shape and had actual balance. Now, I’m way out of shape and have a definite lack of balance (I’m all over the dang place even in a saddle).
I was trepidatious about riding bareback even with a bareback pad. Ava has been rather naughty lately. Nothing too horrible, but she seems to think there are only two gears: speed-walking, or gallop. Anything else is met by a small tantrum. And Ava has decided that only Ava will…
It has come to our attention that clients are attaching straps for air-jackets, panniers and grab straps onto the stirrup hangers of their Solution saddles. Please be aware that attaching anything other than stirrup leathers or webbers to the stirrup hangers can compromise the function, as well as cause damage to the saddle.
Misuse of the saddles in this way renders the warranty void
Photo shows correct use.
We suggest that any clients wishing to attach such items to their saddle do so by way of clips to the D-rings. The D-rings alone are not guaranteed under such high forces as an exploding air-bag and we therefore recommend attaching via a plastic clip which will give in the event of an emergency.
Similarly, please remember that the girthing assembly is also not designed for any purpose other than attaching the girth. Please do not attach breastgirth straps etc. to the girth straps themselves. All Solution GP and Jump saddles come with knee D-rings as standard. If your saddle does not have knee D-rings, these can be fitted retrospectively in our workshop.
Thank you to both riders above for demonstrating correct use of the SMART X-over breastgirth and attachment of air-jackets.
Treeless saddles will come with one or the other of these.
A stirrup plate allows the position of the leathers to be altered to the riders preference. The Freeform has a movable closed ring stirrup plate allowing you to alter position of the leathers or change to an e bar.
However some treeless have fixed non removable closed ring or rings which only allow you to move between front and back. Torsion and Libra being an example.
The Dartmoor range is e bar, Barefoot Closed ring, so if this is preference of yours, its worth checking.
The Sensation has the e bar stirrup plate, it is this plate that allows those with removable closed ring plates to swap. After using both, I haven’t had any concerns with either set up. 🙂
It’s always recommended that when using a closed ring you either use a safety stirrup or the Swiss Clips Barnes buckles are still about, they just ceased trading, no reflection on the product, tested it, it works 😉
This is a list of products that I use myself, or have used. It also includes products recommended by the saddle companies.
This is an international list. To search for stockists in your country copy and paste the product you are interested in with your country.
I no longer add direct links as companies alter stock and it is impossible to keep up with. 🙂
If you have any photos let me know, I am compiling a photo gallery of these items in use.
STIRRUP LEATHER COVERS
I have decided to include these as I do get asked what I use.
The fleece covers were made for me by a lady on EBay UK. They come in a vast array of colours and now patterns.
You can buy the proper wool stirrup leather covers, but, for those wanting something cheaper, these fleece ones are ideal and wash well. Just look for people selling rein and noseband covers 🙂
Girth and Cinch
Barefoot girth converter
This allows you to change from the cinch ring to a normal girth billet. Ideal for the western treeless saddles and bareback pads.
Cashel also offer this option.
Dream Team ‘C’
It is for horses with curved tummy lines and forward girthing point. If you have a treeless with swinging straps (new Freeform models) you may not need this type.
Correctly fitted ‘c’ girth
HY COMFORT DRESSAGE
Easy to put on. Elastic ends. Easy to use and keep in the slot to start with and to finish. You have a little pocket to tuck excess into. Too easy to over tighten, didn’t give me a very secure feeling although the girth didn’t move, it did become slippery when she sweated. Sold.
This is an air filled girth ( not made now) which my cob loves. Keeps the saddle nice and secure. Straight cut but doesn’t rub and allows freedom of movement. Would like a larger size. If you have an air filled in a 28/30 get in touch.
Mohair Dressage Girth- photos wanted
DREAM TEAM W GIRTH
This is another good quality girth from DT. It is really easy to do up and suits my cob with her large shoulder movement well. It has the centre ring for attachment and the keepers are kept in place by two flaps which keep everything tidy and in place. Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the lady who gave this to me to trial and keep 🙂
Ortho flex soft sides
Weaver Smart Cinch
LEATHERS AND FENDERS
EZ knees Western – (Fender attachment)
So far proving to be good value for money and easy clean. You get the small cover to go over the t bar and these fit onto the e bar. I do also have an elastic cover at the end just to keep it a bit more tidy/extra protection.
Updated- sold on because the keeper didn’t stay in place and then buckle dug into my boot.
Freemax Stirrup Leathers
Libra T Bar
Premier Dressage Leathers
Tekna T Bar – these were just to try. They are actually made for the Tekna saddle and not treeless. I sold because I squeaked. But I had to just try them.
Wintec Slimline leathers
Break Away – Western
Tried these as they flex. I opted for Cottage Craft but you can go for other makes. Initially I liked them but kept losing them. I am not used to a small tread with just somewhere to put the ball of my foot. Not for us, but ideal with Swiss Clips on the closed ring.
Love these had this type now for about six years. Lightweight and great for your back, ankles etc. I did get my previous pair caught up on a cow gate and got repaired. Treated myself eventually to another pair. When the sticky label comes off as these are left and right, just put a sticker or reflective strip onto your right one.
The cage works having been spun off twice, that’s not part of the testing, but pointless if they don’t free your foot. 🙂
For children only, these are NOT suitable for adults. They were designed for children and have a weight limit of about 8 stone. If you use and have an accident, the company isn’t at fault. They can bend if they get caught up on a gate.
Swiss Clips- to enable you to carry on using non safety stirrups. Barnes Bubbles are not made now, but do come up for sale.
Toe Stoppers- These were my original choice on safety. Just putting these on over my current stirrups. However the only downside was the weight made them front heavy. I found my heels came up and as a result slipped forwards. So just on that basis I did look around for an alternative.
This may not be the case for everyone and I do know people using. I did do a bhs trec in them, so they were tested beyond plod round the block 🙂
I had these at one point, but forget the name just now. 🙂