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)


Bareback Saddle Pad

One of my favourite pads when I had the pony size. Look forward to photos of you and your horse having fun.

Avandarre In Dressage

I am now the proud owner of a bareback saddle pad!! My Hubby bought it for me after my last post. Woo Hoo!!

This is what my new BB pad looks like, but in navy blue. There’s a water bottle holder on the other side.

I tried it out on Ava first. Let me preface this by saying I haven’t ridden bareback in well over a year, and that was back when I was in tip-top shape and had actual balance. Now, I’m way out of shape and have a definite lack of balance (I’m all over the dang place even in a saddle).

I was trepidatious about riding bareback even with a bareback pad. Ava has been rather naughty lately. Nothing too horrible, but she seems to think there are only two gears: speed-walking, or gallop. Anything else is met by a small tantrum. And Ava has decided that only Ava will…

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