The Sunday Review: Best Friends Bareback Pad

Hey everyone! As I mentioned at the end of last week’s article I mentioned I had been running behind in my reviews. I do apologize but here is the article that was supposed to be released LAST Sunday. The normal biweekly schedule will resume with next Sunday. With that out of the wat let’s begin!

OVERVIEW:

Just a reminder that #NoStirrupNovember is just around the corner.

Some people think that having a bareback pad defeats the purpose of bareback riding. While I see their point I have to disagree.

True, you don’t need ANYTHING to go enjoy a bareback ride…that’s the beauty of bareback riding. But there’s also something nice about having a bareback pad.

I purchased the Best Friend Comfort Plus Non-Slip Bareback Pad at a local tack shop about five years ago. Blade had a rather bony spine and I was at a storewide sale. This $100 was marked down to $75 and better yet, it was BLUE.

I have gotten my money’s worth out of this pad; it has been on the backs of at least eight different horses and it’s still in like-new condition.

Immediately upon sitting on Blade for the first time with my Comfort Plus Bareback pad I was incredibly satisfied with my purchase. It was soft and comfortable but I still felt a lot of contact with Blade. It didn’t take away the feeling of his spine but it reduced it greatly and I still felt his every motion with ease.

The Best Friend Comfort Plus pad has a nonslip bottom and a nonslip girth that holds in place so you feel secure. I’ve never felt the pad slip once while I was riding. There are dee rings on the front and back of the pad. I’ve never used them but they are an additional benefit. The straps that connect to the girth are of a generous length; I imagine you can ride any size horse with this pad. The excess length can be tucked away in the straps provided on the girth.

The girth has stainless steel buckles and a roller to make girthing very easy. Because there’s so much grip I don’t usually tighten the girth as tight as possible, just snug enough to hold in place.

Still wondering how comfortable it is? Ask Lorynn who rode Nahe on our trail-ride at a walk, trot, canter, and even gallop for a couple hours!


PROS:

  • The straps have many holes and can accommodate just about any horse. It was gone on ponies and it has been on my beefy boys (with plenty of room to spare). Put it on a welsh cob or a Percheron (I bet).
  • The grippy underside holds you securely in place, I have never felt insecure due to a slipping pad
  • The padded seat gives just enough cushion without taking away the benefits of bareback riding
  • Great value, excellent quality for its price.

CONS

  • You still have to groom and “tack up” rather than just hopping on (though I groom before bareback riding anyway) to prevent sores.

Tips:

  • Never ever use stirrups with a bareback pad; saddles spread the weight of the rider across the muscles that run along the spine while bareback pads direct the weight directly over the spine. If you use stirrups on a bareback pad you are putting all of your weight onto one localized spot on your horse’s spine and that can be horribly damaging. Please don’t do it.

Alternatives:

  • Tough-1
  • Thinline
  • Weaver
  • Fleeceworks:Looks incredibly soft(and if it’s anything like my sheepskin halfpad it is like riding on a cloud) but you’re paying $300+ for it
  • Horsedream: These are also luxury bareback pads…more like bareback saddles. Theylook super soft and will set you back at least $400-600.

Final Word:

The Best Friends Comfort Plus bareback pad has been one of the best purchases in my barn. I don’t use it every day but I really appreciate having it. It helps keep my pants clean, and adds just enough cushion without taking the feel away from real bareback riding. I love that the pad grips to the horse without having to cinch it too much. I love that it fits any horse large or small. I love that it has held up and stayed in such good condition for the past five years.

The Best Friends Comfort Plus Bareback pad is a wonderful choice and offers value to your tack room. I highly recommend it; it will make No Stirrup November a lot more fun.

2 Comments

  1. Ohh the muscles ache just thinking about it should be muscle finding May. haha. Thanks for the info I have often wondered about these products & have seen them sold with stirrups, I agree a huge no no, which is what put me off buying one. We used to use an old towel no girth though, learnt to balance very quickly. haha. Have a wonderfully horsey week.

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