Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions
Should I worry about spinal clearance?
A typical horse and rider will not need to worry about spinal clearance. In some cases in which your horse has a very high spine you may want a custom pad that will provide more lift on both sides of the spine. Be careful that there are no sharp or abrupt edges under your weight against your horse. I was using a pad that had panels for under the saddle bars but it caused a ridge under my butt cheeks and my horse did get sore from it. The spine and where your weight is should be smooth enough to not cause sore/ tenderness for your horse.
How do I measure heart girth?
Place the tape measure snugly around the girth area from the base of the withers (the lowest point) and all the way around behind the elbows where the girth goes.
How do I clean my bareback pad and accessories?
General Or Light Cleaning
Brush off or vaccum loose dirt from wool felt base.
Simply wipe synthetic top with a wet cloth or brush
If you are cleaning leather please use recommendations from a leather professional.
If soap is necessary, use a mild detergent that will not bother your horse if some residue is left behind. I use my horse shampoo.
Use a soft bristle brush or a rubber bristle brush to clean.
Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is removed.
Air dry until completely dry.
What about wither relief?
How do I know if my horse needs a high, average, or low wither relief? See the "Withers" page for examples of each. If you use a higher wither relief than your horse needs, the tail of the pad may tip up a bit. Although his may not be appealing visually, it will not hurt the pad or the horse as it will lay down when you sit on it. I do recommend trying to get as close as possible to a proper fit for the withers. If the wither relief is too low for your horse the pad may work it's way back and in the worst case may cause soreness for your horse in the wither area. If you use a saddle pad under your bareback pad be sure it has proper wither relief and a smooth surface along the spine. We now offer an adjustable wither relief that makes adjusting the wither relief simple and takes any guessing out of the equation.
What is the difference between the original Trailmaster Bareback Pad and the Trailmaster XL?
The XL is larger, has a larger seat area and does not have the extra seat padding that the original pad has. There are two advantages to this. You can feel your horse better and you can add your own choice of extra pad under your Trailmaster XL. The body of the XL is not quite as rigid as the original since it does not have the seat panel and extra seat padding though it still has great body to it. The Original has the extra D ring placement near your knee for tying the bottom of your pommel trail bags down. (you can request this custom D added to your XL if you wish) The XL is slightly less in cost due to the fact that it takes less time to make. I will add more differences as they come to my mind.
Read First: General Information about our Bareback Pads/Bareback Riding
Do I need a saddle pad under my Trailmaster Bareback Pad?
Although you do not have to use a pad or liner under your bareback pad, using one will extend the life of your bareback pad as well as give a bit more comfort for your horse. The bottom of our bareback pads are a wool blend that may have a piece of vegetable matter (weed stems or seeds) that occur naturally when using real sheep wool. You should feel your felt before every ride to be sure it is smooth with no vegetable matter if you are not using a liner of some kind.