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.
How do I measure heart girth?
Place the soft tape measure or string snugly around the girth area from the base of the withers (the lowest point where the withers meet the spine) and all the way around where the girth/cinch will want to lay.
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. It's always better to go too high rather than too low. Some horses are more sensitive than others to pressure on their withers. If your wither relief is a little too low you may be able to get away with using a proper fitting saddle pad under it. Check your horse for soreness and listen to him/her. If your horse is acting up it could be from pain from an unknown source. Don't assume your horse is just being a brat. My horse has taught me this.
What is the difference between the original (offered with the Ranger model) and sport (offered with the Rambler model) styles?
The Ranger is made using our "original style" with 4 color choices. We call this the original style because it was my original design from the beginning of Trailmaster Bareback Pads. The Ramber is made using our "sport style" with 2 color choices. We call this the sport style because it looks more sleek.
Read First: General Information about our Bareback Pads/Bareback Riding
The Trailmaster Ranger model has 3/8" black felt base with a "core" of a very strong 1/8" thick material to help with weight distribution and "bony butt" support plus a 1/2 inch thck contoured closed cell foam in the seat. This bareback pad is strong and sturdy, protecting you and your horse from soreness that may occur without a pad or with a pad that is too soft. This model comes with 8 stainless steel 3/4" D rings for packing your trail bags and breast collar. The Ranger comes in our "original style" which has 4 color panels as seen on the illustration on the product page.
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.
What material is the most grippy?
MOST GRIPPY- my rubber coated grippy fabric- hands down!
What if I feel like my hips are spread too far apart when I ride bareback?
If you ride a very wide horse you may feel like your legs are spread too far apart. Our new contoured seat padding, our standard seat padding for the Trailmaster Ranger, may help you to feel less spread out. It has padding that is under your bum but not under your thights. We hope this helps you to feel more comfortable. If this is not quite enough we also offer a shearling seat cover with hip saver pad (1/2" foam that feels like a cross between foam and gel) may help you with this. Trim it to meet your needs.
Can I request the rigging placement changed?
I have studied our rigging placement extensively and the current rigging placement is the very best for most horses. It may appear too far back to some people but in almost all cases it is at the perfect location. If the placement is moved forward it can draw pressure down from too far forward and cause the back of the pad to lift up when you are not sitting on it. Worse than that, it can draw the pad down too far forward making the pad shift back causing you to sit on the front edge of the pad. This being said, you can request to have your rigging moved forward an inch if you think that is better for the conformation of your horse. You must make this decision on your own. I cannot help you make this decision.