Showmaster Bareback Pad

I came across this by chance and I wonder how similar it is to the Christ Lamfelle pad. Does anyone have one?

It’s described as a Sheepskin leisure saddle using real Sheepskin, it can be adjusted using pad inserts and comes with stirrup options. It has dressage length billets, knee rolls and D rings.

I will say it again for any newcomer, please don’t use the stirrups. I know you may see people riding in pads like these, but I am not convinced they would still be on board if my mare spun. I wouldn’t take this xc or sj, why because it’s going to slip.

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Copyright Showmaster Sheepskin Saddle Leisure

 

The Unbranded Pad

I couldn’t resist a “bargain” if it turns out like that. I don’t do unbranded treeless saddles, I don’t do some branded if myself or others have had significant issues. (A saddle folding in half when mounted is significant!)

So my “bargain” is a bareback pad from my favourite online market place. This one is a black synthetic suede, with synthetic fleece underside. Short English billets with a nice wide fleece and faux suede girth. D rings for breast plate and crupper if required. More D rings for extras.

Stirrups! Whose idea is this! I don’t get why some makes come with them. I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

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 © Treeless Tried and Tested 

The pad is actually comfortable to ride in. I changed the girth, you might notice a slight shortness in the photo 🙂 With the added spinal clearance pad underneath it would not even do up. Plus the girth has no keeper for the straps, it takes a company minutes to add  a loop. Bug bear of mine on any Dressage girth, loops please!

The handle is in the wrong place, you are sat on it. The large D rings for your stirrups didn’t get in my way. In fact you could possibly longrein through its the right height. Note I said possibly. This depends on your horse.

They do get sold at £49. It’s not up to my standards to pay that. See above, but with some tweaks the maker has potential to develop this product more.

Start The Year With A Fall

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January 3 2016

I managed to part company. I cannot blame the saddle, I didn’t have one. I cannot blame the bareback pad, I didn’t have one of those either. It was good old fashioned gravity verses the modern day lightening speed shy.

I don’t mind taking a tumble because I think it benefits both of us. The horse because they learn that the human flies air amateur and there is a few options available for departure. The horse learns to stay calm and don’t panic if the human turns into an obstacle at their feet. Please dont step on this obstacle it’s not part of the training for Trec.

Then the human benefits because they learn to practice the safe way to fall off, like that goes through your mind doesn’t it 😉 You have the getting back up, getting back on and not blaming the horse. In my case I had the can you line up by the fence again I slid off just then 🙂

So anyone else flown lately? I am trying not to too often.

 

Channeled Suede Horse / Pony Bareback Pad

These are made to order in California USA, they take about a month to do. You can have a western or english model with the option of personalised extras.

Available in plain colours or you can have a tri colour pad made should you wish. 🙂

The feature of these pads is that they offer a spinal clearance channel.

A leather Latigo is fitted over the top with a Latigo one side and off billet on the other. These have a non slip base and stainless steel rigging.

Tough 1 Premium Horse / Pony Bareback Pad

There are two versions of these pads. One is the Premium, made from 600 denier nylon outer shell. D rings for bottles etc. Fleece underside and weight of just 3lbs.

The other has two detachable bags and five d rings for crupper etc.

Both come with stirrups and as always I do not recommend their use.

I would be worried about them being slippery from the rain but Patty from CA in the USA couldn’t recall when she had to worry about riding in the rain 🙂 These are made by Jt Intl Distributors Inc and probably aimed at countries that are not as wet as the UK.

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Stacy Westfall Horse and Pony Bareback Pad

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© Stacy Westfall

Made by Weaver in the USA these pads are gel ultra suede. It looks like suede but has the breathability and added grip. Built in gel and 5/8 felt liner provides cushioning.

With a 100% wool fleece base, cut back wither, fleece girth and nylon bullets these are quality pads.

Personal note. For the price I would expect leather girth billets, that’s just me. 🙂 Some horses find nylon irritating.