Manufacturer: Cashel (View all products by Cashel)
Model: Bareback Pad (View all Bareback Pad reviews)
Category: Horse Miscellaneous
Purchase: Purchased from National Bridle for $115 total, including shipping.
Likes: My likes are the attachment for the breast collar, the little grab strap (although I prefer to use the mane), how the sides are longer than the usual bareback pad and the cushiness of the pad itself. Another big like is the way the strap that goes over the pad and attaches to the cinch on both sides is set back more than usual on bareback pads. This means that it does not not press down on the withers and actually lies behind them. Since I am very particular about that, I love this feature. Best of all, I usually avoid trotting bareback because it takes a few minutes for me to collect/smooth out my horse enough that I can sit the trot, but with this pad, its easy as pie to post (my horse's sides are SLICK with bare legs which means no posting, only bouncing) for those few minutes. It's just grippy enough and it's very cushioning. Not once did my horse drop her back like I was hurting her if I had an off bounce here or there. It also cuts down on the little bit of sliding around that can go on at the lope on a slippery horse. It gives your butt/legs really good adherence AND more cushion. Bony back parts against my bony nether parts have made me fall off more than once in my life. So I would give this pad an A+. I plan on wearing it out before summer is over.
Dislikes: Dislikes are although I love how the strap is placed back so it doesn't press down on the withers, it also means that your legs lie against it on either side where it attaches to the cinch and it rubs them RAW in minutes flat. Ouch! I pinned on a fleece cinch cover where my legs laid tho and that solved the problem. The other dislike is that the pad looks like it is going to break down quickly under the seat bones with trotting and loping (altho I could be pleasantly surprised with this, its just an assumption so far). The last thing I don't like is the price for essentially an English shaped Cashel pad and a few straps sewn on. I almost did not buy it because it seemed too steep.
Quality: I would say the construction and quality is high. I understand that it looks like it may wear out quickly because it is a soft foam. Who really wants a hard foam bareback pad?
Summary: I really do like this pad, as does my horse. I am glad I gave it a shot. I feel more secure, and therefore safe, as well as my horse and I are both more comfortable. Four hooves & two thumbs up!
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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