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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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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The Trekker, Aussie Model

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This has just been released in February 2016.

It has all the same features as you would expect from a Trekker, the adjustable panels, seat size and pommels. But this model has padded and slightly flexible thigh rolls, unlike other Aussie saddles.

It also has two stirrup bars. Lots of D rings and a unique serial number.

Available in black or brown and comes in two base lengths, standard and short.

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Freeform Scout Trail/ Endurance

This treeless was developed at the end of 2015.

You have two seat lengths and three fork size options. The fork is forward and is actually part of the base and not the seat.

It accommodates the panels if needed and has a slightly narrower twist than the Ultimate Trail. This model has the option of bolsters if you really really want a narrow twist. Deep secure seat as found in the Ultimate Trail.

This model has the new full girthing system.

Also Freeform have redone the foam in the Skito pads designed for Freeform use.