The Sunday Review: Best Friends Bareback Pad — The Green Horseman

Hey everyone! As I mentioned at the end of last week’s article I mentioned I had been running behind in my reviews. I do apologize but here is the article that was supposed to be released LAST Sunday. The normal biweekly schedule will resume with next Sunday. With that out of the wat let’s begin! […]

The Sunday Review: Best Friends Bareback Pad — The Green Horseman

I have the black one. Love it.

I also find its great to use in the rain when you don’t want to get your tack dirty.

The Unbranded Treeless – Possibly Older Freemax / Freeform

I bought this saddle in January with the idea of using the base. I have a Freeform and my seat would sit nicely on this.

It isn’t branded, but looking at it, it is very similar to what an older Freemax / Freeform would have looked like.

Unbranded Treeless Base

It has movable knee rolls which is what interested me. My current treeless model doesn’t. However with the lockdown and other things besides, I never did get round to actually testing out my idea.

The seat itself is made of some sort of synthetic leather and although it comes with a wither iron arch, this didn’t seem to help the front sit well. The structure of the pommel on its own looks like it would offer wither clearance as you would be using a pad.

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The stirrup bars I believe were used in the Freemax, unless anyone knows of any of brands? So I lean towards either a copy of, or an old prototype.

Stirrup Plate and Either Iron Arch

How to Measure the seat size on a Sensation Treeless Saddle — EQUINE Ink

After buying a saddle that was definitely smaller than advertised, I learned how to measure the seat size on a Sensation treeless saddle. Unlike an English saddle where you measure from the button on the side of the pommel to the center of the cantle, or a Western saddle where you measure from the pommel […]

How to Measure the seat size on a Sensation Treeless Saddle — EQUINE Ink

Useful article. And a lovely shade of saddle.

I rode bareback for a year and this is what happened… — Simple Southern

If you’re an equestrian, you’ve no doubt heard of No Stirrup November. It’s when riders all over the globe try riding without stirrups. Some of them go bareback and some remove the stirrups leathers and irons from their saddles. The goal is to improve your riding by forcing yourself to use your seat and not […]

via I rode bareback for a year and this is what happened… — Simple Southern

 

I love riding bareback as well and have the same pad.

 

Amerigo Special Dressage Girth

 

I bought this girth to try out. If you are familiar with this brand, do get in touch as your opinions are useful to us.

It is a lovely quality soft calf skin girth and can be purchased from various retailers. The average price looks to be around the £150 mark.

Anatomically shaped, soft calfskin padding and keepers for the excess straps. Non elastic ends.

Available from 55cm to 85cm and comes in – black or brown.

Review to follow once it’s in use later in the year.

 

 

 

 

 

Barefoot Treeless Saddle Fenders – With Knee Rolls

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I bought these to try as I spotted them secondhand. In this photo they are in use on the Freeform that doesn’t have any knee rolls.

You can probably use on any treeless without as they simply slide onto your current stirrup leathers, both the wider 2″ and the standard 1″. This product was used on a Trekker and it was also put on the Libra.

The knee roll itself was really comfortable and a decent size after riding without anything. The length was fine for me as I ride long but it wasn’t any good to go up for jumping, the fender was too big. I think the product would work better or at least have more potential if the knee roll was on velcro allowing you to adjust it.

Comes in brown or black. Overall length of Barefoot Fenders with Knee Rolls = 17″
Overall width from front of knee roll to back of fender = 14″

I decided to sell as I just wanted to review.

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Requisite Roamer (Robinsons) Treeless Saddle Pad

These are not sold anymore by Requisite but do pop up for sale secondhand. They are still sold new in Scandinavia  Treeless pad.

I found one so decided to add my thoughts on this product. I did a brief mention of the saddle here Requisite Roamer

The pad itself is approx 25″ . It does have three position options to place your knee rolls. What I found interesting is generally the pads on the market do not have anywhere to put knee rolls or blocks. It’s only fairly recently that the companies have thought to even add them to the saddles.

The material is cotton on both sides with short black fleece to the underside. It offers a spinal channel and a place to pop in inserts to add more clearance. This is only accessible via the front opening.

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I do not know what inserts these originally came with. It’s currently fitted with firm which I will alter as I try with the others.

Anatomically shaped with velcro to add to the d rings.

I ended up selling this pad as it was simply too long to try with either saddle.

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Libra Treeless Saddles – The BRS or bareback saddle

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.

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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.

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Best Friend Comfort Plus Bareback Pad

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.

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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!