Manufacturer: El Companero (View all products by El Companero)
Model: Bareback Rider (View all Bareback Rider reviews)
Category: Western Saddle Fittings/Pads
Purchase: I was hopeful but skeptical when I bought this pad. I bought it on their website. I paid about $290.00 plus shipping, which took about a week from east to west coast. I ordered mine in english toast with the western girth rigging.
Likes: Extremely comfortable and I have found it to be a very secure seat in all kinds of situations. It's not easy to lose your balance, as you stick to it like velcro. I got mine with a western girth system which works very well, but it is nylon webbing and lately I have been thinking of changing it to leather for the horses comfort:) I always use a thin navajo blanket underneath just to keep it clean. The company says it is washable which I have done twice according to their instructions and it came out great. The foam insert is the perfect thickness but if it wears out I am going to put memory foam in it! I also ride in this with my son on the back and we both fit comfortably. I like to clip my water bottle holder on the grab strap for hot days or long rides.
Dislikes: The price kept me from buying this sooner. Once I rode in it I was sure it was not a mistake. I have ridden in it for a year and a half. No real big complaints. It can be very difficult to mount from the ground. (Just like any bareback pad) It has a mounting strap but I am not comfortable with the idea of using it. I tried to put peacock stirrups on it once but it just didn't feel right.
Quality: I love the quality of the leather and the workmanship is beautiful. The saddle strings are excessively long, some people may want to trim them. Also they were tied in a knot to hold them on so I simply untied them and slit the leather to make the traditional blood knot.
Summary: To me it is More comfortable than ANY other pad or saddle. (My saddle is a treeless Bob Marshall) I think this might be really useful for therapeutic riding as I find not only does it keep you secure but your muscles get a comfortable workout and it even helps me get a warm gentle massage & some relief from fibromyalgia. Horse seems to like it, and he really lets you know when he is uncomfortable with something! We both stay nice and warm in the winter!
Usefulness Rating: 2.85714 out of 5.
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