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!

 

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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.

USA Western Bareback Pad- brand unknown

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If anyone has an idea who made this please let me know. It was purchased from a seller in New York but it may or may not have started out in the states.

It is 22″ in length with a nice straight cut front. It has a sympanova type non slip base and a herculon top with Black Southwest/Nevada pattern. The top gives you a fairly secure feel to it. Lightly padded so ideal for those slightly rounder, plump cob steeds as it doesn’t remove your leg from them.

Optional fittings to add stirrups that I don’t like seeing on these products. Didn’t even attempt to use these.

Western latigo with rings requiring you to use a cinch knot as oppose to allowing you to add a standard buckle cinch. Nylon strap. This is the one big thing that let’s this pad down. Having those rings there ended up being underneath my leg. This is going to depend on your height and what you are riding but this was a reason to let this pad go.

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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.