Bareback Horse and Pony Pad – Best Friend

Best Friend

I have owned the basic one of these for about five years, finally decided to sell as the pony size looked way too small on a horse.

Best Friend
© Treeless Tried and Tested 


Hacked out, jumped, done camp, had fun basically.🙂 It’s thin enough that you do not even notice it’s there, but it just gives you a little more comfort than totally bare. I wouldn’t have as a one off, but used regularly, so I justified the cost to myself 😉 Best Friend do a pony and horse size, but I think the horse size is just a bigger cinch that it comes with. Easy to clean.


Best Friend make a Western version and I believe the USA has a bigger range of colours than the UK. Comes in blue, red and green in the UK.

Best Friend Bareback Pad Girth Extender

I had the pony cinch and with the extender added it will make it up to the horse size.  Black was kept in stock so had that, but blue could have been got.

Tried on today and I am using both of the extenders in order to balance the pad. I only really need the one as I have an 8 inch gap, however that meant one of the buckles was underneath the pony.
Adjusted using both which will enable me to adjust from on board. It also keeps the whole thing symmetrical.

Up to date photo to follow. (Whenever I read this I realise I haven’t)


Bandos Treeless Saddle


I ride my mare in a treeless Bandos saddle. I love it. I’d tried at least ten different saddles, and nothing fit her – either a bad sweat pattern after a ride, or white hairs down the road. A pad specifically made for treeless saddles is an absolute must, because that is what distributes the rider’s weight. Riding treeless does feel different, and I think you’ll either love it or hate it. My mare is a TB with pretty good withers, a short back, and large shoulder muscles.

These do come up for sale secondhand, I have seen them for sale with the Barefoot seat which some people feel is a bit softer than the original.