I have ridden all my life with and with out saddles.  I think it is an accomplishment to be able to ride bareback.  At almost 41 I can still walk, trot and canter bareback.  It is great for balance and muscles.  So I came across this article today: Anatomy of bareback Riding.  At the bottom of it is comments about people loving their “Best Friend Bareback Pad”.  Having never heard of these I did some research and found people raving about them.  Have you used one?  If yes please comment or if you have any other bareback pads you recommend let me know.  I think it is time to purchase a new one since the one I have is from my childhood riding days (12 – 18 years old).

I also stumbled upon people saying bareback riding is bad for your horse because it puts pressure in the two small spots where your tail bone meets your horses back.  Saddles do spread out the pressure and have a gullet down the center underneath to not put pressure on the spine.  So I guess if I get this new pad I will have to keep an eye out if my guys get ouchy.  I doubt they will as I don’t ride more than 1/2 hour a couple times a month like that.

This is a good over all article about bareback riding.