These are not made anymore. But because someone is looking for one I decided to pop up a post about them.
Back in 2012 or thereabouts Libra decided to introduce these. I can’t say for sure how popular they were so not certain how likely they are to come up for sale.
The idea was pretty simple. You have both a bareback pad and a saddle. The seat, pommel, cantle and stirrup plate were all removable and adjustable. You could therefore change from a 15″ to a 17″ and put the stirrups right for you. Perfect!
The downside was the velcro from the pommel in front of you. This was sometimes annoying and ended up with bits stuck to it, and your clothes might get pulled and bobbled on it.
I personally didn’t find the underside of these reliable in staying put without the treeless pad, as a saddle or a pad. At the time the underside was in development of some sort of cushioning panel that I believe meant you didn’t have to use an actual pad. But I say development because this added to my saddle instability on anything wide without one. The outer material was a slippery type of fleece and just didn’t work for us.
But I love the pre panel saddles, I would likely take out the cushioning if I saw one for sale and convert it to the original underside.
Its taken me a while to get round to do a review of this. Mainly because I only use in the Autumn/ Winter and because I had a second pad that also liked and wasnt sure which to keep.
This is the black Comfort Plus. It has the same non slip sympanova underside as the Original pad. This type is contoured to fit.
The upper of this pad is actually a patented, breathable, synthetic suede. It is bonded to high density polymer and the seat area has an overlay of tuck and roll short nap fleece. This is very nice to ride on and secure, it isn’t slippery as some the cheaper versions on the market.
The straps with leather reinforced billets attach to the patented non-slip breathable girth. This features stainless steel roller buckles. It is thicker than the Original Best Friend girth and comes with loops to tuck in into.
Some people ask me what the difference is between the Thinline and this pad. The main difference is the seat. Thinline has a textured material for more grip, but I find the Comfort secure.
If your horse didn’t get on with the sympanova, I know a few people who have popped a half pad underneath. You can secure to the d rings on the pad to keep it all secure.
If I must have one niggle it’s probably due to the shape of the horse. I do find that the girth being straight ends up angled. I start of fine but it moves. This doesn’t affect the fit and the horse doesn’t fuss- trust me I would know!
I can’t believe that I started the original blog ten years ago. (that’s why some of the font is different for those of you eagle-eyed)
I came to the WordPress platform three years ago, doesn’t time just vanish!!!
All I can say is thank you to everyone for their support. Those sending photos, writing reviews to be linked and added. Those reading and following.
This is a well-loved physio pad. It was black but I like the fading as it gives me an idea of what they look like brown. 🙂
This shape is the cheyenne and you can now purchase the physio pad in the following models – Cherokee, Barrydale, Arizona/Atlanta, Madrid/Nevada and London.
The cushion in the photo below comes with the physio pad as standard but it’s being sold individually as well. It’s sold as M or L and I haven’t a clue how you would determine this.
Barefoot now offer The Special pads. These come with a wool base as standard and offer you the option of adding inserts if required. A good step in the right direction. They are anatomically shaped, cut to fit that model of saddle, and have a split at the front to avoid pressure on the wither.
These pads can be used with the following models Size 0 Cheyenne black only. Size 1&2 Lexington, Cheyenne, Cherokee, Atlanta/Arizona, Nevada/Madrid, London (black) and Barrydale.
It looks like the non insert older pad style is no longer being produced.
These are Barefoot Shims- the pale colour. I actually bought two and cut one in half. The thinking behind that, I was only needing to support the front and I didn’t need the lift the whole saddle. If that idea failed I had a spare set! It worked.
Now I am not suggesting everyone goes and cuts these in half. However the cost of buying an insert specifically for the front or back can cost the same as the whole pad, it was just an idea. Up to you if you trial and error that idea.
The black is rubber and I do not recall who this is by, it could be the Barefoot rubber but it arrived that short so it might even be a rear lift. ( if you turn them over they fit the front, a temporary solution)
What do you guys use let me know. Do you make your own, if yes where from. I could add to the links for others.
I know the Libra Saddle brand has ceased, but because I get messsges asking about it, I wondered where else it could be found.
It is possible that the following saddles could be from the same manufacturers. The saddles in the photo look like they are trying to be the original Hackabout/ Explorer.
But the Status is probably the nearest. This is in Australia and comes with the original zip to remove the pommel and cantle insert.
Due to age and circumstances.
Reviews still welcomed from this brand.
This was released last year by the looks of it. Only one review on their website.
Adjustable seat and knee rolls. Anti rub material to the outside leg panels. Will be the usual beautiful quality as expected from this brand.
Marketed as a bareback pad and to use stirrups. My personal thoughts are to avoid the stirrups altogether.
‘Saddling Solutions will be closing by the end of this year. I’ve really enjoyed helping everyone find the best saddle for them, but my life
situation is such that I just don’t have the time for it any longer. So, we’re selling off all of our remaining stock’ –
Saddling Solutions is an official U.S. importer of the Startrekk treeless saddle line, Deuber Saddlery DP saddle line, and Sensation treeless saddles.
Authorized dealer for Skito saddle pads, Thinline Pads & Accessories, Montana Cincha girths & cinches, Toklat pads, Zilco tack, and JMS sheepskin.