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[RC] Bareback pads - April

Hi, Ridecampers,

I am wanting to purchase a bareback pad. Not to use for endurance, but to use for short training rides and for lessons for my nieces.

I don't like regular/cheap bareback pads because the girth strap goes around the top of the pad and that ends up rubbing my legs.

I'm looking at the following pads (in no particular order):

Cashel Bareback Pad: Around $100. This is just a big piece of foam you sit on. Heat build up concerns me. I'd likely throw a light pad under it to help alleviate that. http://www.cashelcompany.com/ProductDetails.aspx?C=3&SC=12&ProductID=8725 (This is not the soft saddle. I had one of those and while it was super comfy for walking, the flaps bunched if we trotted any.)

Best Friend Comfort Plus Bareback pad: Around $75. Looks comfy, but I wonder about the spot where the girth comes into the pad. http://www.bestfriendequine.com/comfort-plus-bareback-pad.html

Stacy Westfall Gel Ultrasuede Bareback Pad. Around $140. Pricey, but looks very interesting and comfortable, but no mention of rings to attach a breast collar. http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?pgguid=eaa6b1d1-7095-492e-9d65-0e878df9a5d2&ccd=ifh003

All seem to be able to be used with regular western girths, which I like.

Does anybody have any info you can share with me (private is fine) regarding these pads? Or maybe have another suggestion for a pad?

Nashville, TN

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