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Bareback Pads

From Drafts to Minis, Sterling Steed Enterprises has your bareback pad.  Wide selection and easy to shop, so you can spend more time riding!!

4,000 years ago, riders decided that would it be a good idea to put something in-between themselves and the horse. It was the start of the saddle. Riding bareback is how we as riders of this magnificent beast started.  It requires tremendous balance and some skill from the rider. It is wonderful way to feel closer to your horse, feel their movement and develop balance and core strength. However there are some natural drawbacks, like chafing and sweat/dirt in some areas you wouldn't prefer. For some not a big deal, but for the rest of us who don't want to be uncomfortable but still want the experience, a simple bareback pad is the way to go.  

There is some debate about safety of a bareback pad and the use of stirrups with a bareback pad. Please do your research, and I would say treat riding bareback like the exercise it is. Start small and controlled and work from there. It can be a wonderful experience, but recklessly it can be a very bad one.

The issue with stirrups is that you can end up hanging upside down being drug by your horse with your foot caught in the stirrup.  There is nothing holding that bareback pad in place other than you. So if you are not balanced and the horse spooks or moves to avoid something, and you slip, you may fine yourself in a very bad situation. So as stirrups may initially make you feel better mentally, you may just want to go slower at first and build up your muscles and balance. As you become a better rider and your horse becomes better trained, you may want to add stirrups. But be aware of the danger.

Be smart and realistic. No one wants to see you hurt, including your horse. With a little common sense, bareback riding can be a wonderful, enjoyable worthwhile experience.