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!

 

Christ Lammfelle ‘cloud’ edition

This was released last year by the looks of it. Only one review on their website.

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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.

Freeform Bareback Pad, Evolution Light Pro Contact

I haven’t heard of these before so not sure how long they have been around.
Translated from German. It looks to be available in suede or leather. Can be ordered in various colours and comes with a standard or cut back front. Flat stirrup bars and d rings front and back.

The pad has the Y girthing system with a stabilizing and cushioning soft foam core inside. Non slip sympanova underside, with two velcro strips for optional paneling. These are sold separately, the upholstery of the panels can be customized.

Waiting for permission to add photos of this product.

Baloun Bareback Pad

There are various dealers for this pad.

The Trekking pad and Profi pads have the inclusion of a seat. The seat supports the lumber section of the riders back and they have two designs offering this.
Material, the upper material is made from non slip velour leather. The bottom of the pad is made of a foam with a special textile material resistant to the horse’s sweat. The pad is also perforated velour leather (top) and the underside is a perforated foam textile.
Non stirrup design.

No pad needed underneath, fits straight to the horse.
They also have non seat design with gel or just a basic pad.

It comes in children’s and adult sizes. These pads are measured similar to a treed saddle. It is nice to see a company offering size options up to an 18″ seat as some pads are just way too long.

All the pretty things!

This pad would be too padded for me, but read this bloggers lovely product.

audrey & saphira

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I love equi-shopping! I’m sure most equestrians and horse lovers alike can vouch for that one. While my clothing is growing more holes each year my horse is enjoying her new sidepull bride, Barefoot Physio Bareback pad and her ex$pen$ive Hemp Oil supplement (more on that later). Maybe we could all just oogle at these gorgeous details on this sidepull bridle from Knavish Designs.

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You may remember I posted this gorgeous thing on my holiday wishlist and I think you could call this an early birthday present for Saphira. Mary Anne at Knavish Designs was helpful, collaborative and open to suggestions. I asked if I could incorporate a ring on the noise piece for light academic exercises and she was more than happy to accommodate! The attention to detail and practicality is amazing and I couldn’t be more pleased. Saphira and I will be continuing her training in this! (Click…

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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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