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ThinLine Comfort Bareback Saddle Pad

ThinLine Comfort Bareback Saddle Pad

$235.00

4.89 out of 5
28 Reviews

Stable, shock absorbing comfort.

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ThinLine Comfort Bareback Saddle Pad

Delivering best in stability, comfort, and clear communication.

Hands down one of the best products we do.  You will feel all the sensations of your horses’ back muscles while enjoying all the shock absorption and non-slip features of the trademark ThinLine foam.  Balance, comfort, and security can all be yours in this bareback pad.  Because the ride is so improved we do not offer stirrups with this pad.  You will find yourself sitting correctly, developing great core strength while finding close and quiet communication with your horse.  Horses love this bareback pad – they feel unified with their rider.  So go ahead, it’s time to have the ride of your life. 

Let’s get riding in the ThinLine Comfort Bareback Saddle Pad.

  • One size – the girth and billet system fits everything from a pony to a draft horse.  (See below for detailed measurements).
  • The bareback riding blanket includes our leather reinforced billets, a non-slip neoprene girth with steel roller buckles, and double keepers.  Feel free to add additional equipment with the front and rear D-rings.
  • Replacement Girths are available. Sold separately.
  • Our key component, ThinLine (3/16″), is sewn to the top of the bareback saddle pad. The pads design provides riders with the opportunity to find their natural seat.  And the non-slip waffle weave, used for the base construction of this pad, ensures the pad stays in place.No expiration date! Unlike closed-cell foams and wool, ThinLine will not compress or deteriorate for the life of your horse.  20 years is standard.

    What is ThinLine?

    A breathable super shock absorbing non-slip foam sewn onto this ThinLine comfort bareback saddle pad.  This foam will last a decade of riding but better yet, it will make you want to ride bareback every day.

 

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 ThinLine foam provides the ultimate bareback riding experience.

Enjoy our satisfaction money-back guarantee, this will be the most comfortable and secure feeling bareback pad you and your horse can experience. 

You may also be interested in our treeless pads, English saddle pad options, and Western saddle pad range. We also have a great range of half pads for horses and ponies.

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Bareback options

ThinLine Comfort Bareback Pad-Black, Replacement Girth, ThinLine Comfort Bareback Pad-Brown

Sizing

One Size Fits All! From Pony to Draft!
Seat: The spine measures 23.5″ long , 16″drop
Girth: 23″
Each side billet is 16″from first to the last hole giving a total girth reach of 23″ to 55″.

Care Instructions

Easy! A simple hosing on the bottom of the pad will do.  Spot cleaning on the top ThinLine material and suede will keep the top of your pad looking fresh.

How to Buy Outside the USA

Thank you for your interest in ThinLine!  ThinLine is readily available in most countries, we hope you will use the following links to our authorized distributors in regions outside the USA.  Here you will find all the great products and support you need:

Europe and the UK: https://www.thinlineglobal.eu/

Australia:  https://thinlineglobalau.com/

Canada:  https://thinlinecanada.ca/

28 reviews for ThinLine Comfort Bareback Saddle Pad

  1. Johnk686

    Inspiring story, where did you quote it from? ddkbcgedagge

    • Elaine Castelao

      Just an average rider in Australia. She was kind enough to send it to us. 🙂

  2. Elaine Castelao

    Kayleen Diane Johnson I’m a huge fan of ThinLine! My son is learning to ride independently this summer in my ThinLine comfort plus bareback pad & I am also starting a young mare – that same bareback pad is the first piece of equipment she’s ever felt cinched on. This piece of equipment is priceless to me!

    Elaine Lockhead Costello, as much as I adore your products – my favorite part is reading these kinds of articles about you. In the midst of unemployment as a single mother, I began handcrafting artisan style bitless bridles. With encouragement of family and friends – as well as – the inspiration I find in hearing your story, I took a huge leap of faith and started my own tack company. I just wanted to let you know what a positive impact following your company has had on me as I carve a niche for my own unique products & strive to build a name for my young up and coming brand. With great sincerity, thank you!

  3. Marie

    I purchased the bareback pad to help with my balance during riding. This is by far, the most comfortable bareback pad I have ever sat on. I didn’t feel a need to shift my weight off balance to get comfortable, and never felt like I was hurting or making my horse feel uncomfortable. We had a loved ride and I can’t wait to use this pad again. Excellent purchase!

  4. Bobbi Rogers

    This bareback pad is perfect. I finally have the comfortable ride and excellent contact with my horse that I desired. I can also add that my horse moves more freely! I have recommended this product to many of my riding friends.

  5. Sara H

    I ride a couple of horses bareback–one who is 28 with a prominent spine and one who is very round. I use a thick orthopedic pad as well with the older horse, but it was causing trouble with a standard bareback pad without wither relief. When riding the round mare with a regular bareback pad I would be sitting on the front edge of the pad (usually as it slid off the side!) within a few minutes of mounting. With the ThinLine’s shaped wither and correct girth placement (and breastcollar attachment!) I have a great bareback pad that MY sensitive back agrees with that stays PUT on both horses! Love it!

  6. Cyndi Merka

    My 18 hand Friesian has rather tall withers, and finding a bareback pad that would fit him properly was a journey of six years. Everything else we tried failed miserably to give us a good ride, until I found this pad at a local saddlery last fall. Not only is it comfortable for my horse and myself, but it fits other horses beautifully as well. When I walk up to my horse with this pad in my hands, he responds happily, because it is one of our favorite things to do together.

  7. Lisa (verified owner)

    Finally got to try my new pad on my 16.3 hand, high-withered mare. I. LOVE. IT. I’ve been riding bareback since Day One, but found it about impossible with this horse due to the prominence of her withers. This pad was exactly what I wanted, providing comfort for both of us! It maintains the bareback feel that I’d hoped for. Now I have another option for enjoying my mare for a quick or informal hack other than saddling up. I’m very pleased with this, my first Thin Line purchase.

  8. Hilde Reh Stensrud, Norway (verified owner)

    I love my Thin-Line bareback pad! Its comfortable for me and for the horse. Bareback riding has become a whole new experience!

  9. Mustang Mom

    I absolutely love my Thinline bareback pad! I’ve used another type of pad but I felt like I was slipping– not with this one though! It provides a nice grip while riding bareback. More importantly, though, is that I feel good about riding my horse bareback with the shock absorption to help my mare’s back while I ride. 🙂

  10. Sissy Cortez

    Working through “Fear Free Riding”
    Book Exercises using this Thin Line Bareback Pad. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. Slipping pad problems GONE. I am becoming more confident and secure in my seat. My 4 horses Love it too!!

  11. Ally

    Good weight distribution. Does not perform well in heat and hills, slips all over the place on a yoked athlete of a horse. Would be perfect if the girth attachment didn’t direct pressure across the withers and recommend a re-design with wool felt bottom and better placement of girth attachment.

    • elaine lockhead-castelao

      Hi Ally,

      Many thanks for your comments. We are always seeking ways to improve our products. We have noted your concerns and will add them to our list of things to consider at design time.

  12. Trish

    Hands down the best bareback pad around. Usually to get comfort on a high withered horse you need thick fluffiness, which sacrifices security and stability. With my Thinline pad, I’m completely comfortable on my shark-finned OTTB, and secure feeling enough to jump over 3′ courses!

  13. Julia King

    Best bareback pad ever. As a youth, 11-18 I rode in various bareback pads and they all were awful. If I had this product when I was a kid I would never have ridden in a saddle-probably…. Now 30+ years later I bought this pad to teach my daughter how to ride independently and have been thrilled at the comfort. I am riding my upper level dressage horse with this and my back doesn’t hurt, my horse is more responsive, and it’s a win win all around. 🙂

  14. Amanda

    Most useful bareback pad I’ve ever had. It doesn’t slip, it doesn’t rub and has a good amount of grip. Thanks for making such a great product.

  15. Cheryl Steffen (verified owner)

    Just have to say, I ordered my thinline 2 days ago and have to comment on just how impressed I am with the speed at which it arrived. As I have not used it yet, it JUST arrived in the mail and the weather is doing it’s bit to prevent an immediate usage, it looks, feels and has just the right elements of substance and stick that I know I am going to love it! Will circle back around with a review after having the benefit of actually riding on it. Thanks Thinline!

  16. Jodie (verified owner)

    Worth every penny! When I was a kid 30-odd years ago, I had a bareback pad for my pony. It was hideously slippery and unstable, and I’m probably very lucky my pony was fairly low to the ground. I usually forewent the pad for plain old bareback. Fast-forward to now ~ I have a slightly zippy, barrel-shaped half-Arab with no withers to speak of. I still enjoy riding bareback, but the ground is a lot harder than it used to be, and further away than it was on that pony. After reading the reviews here, I decided to give the Thinline bareback pad a go. We both LOVE it! My gelding is happier without my tailbones digging into him, not to mention I don’t have to keep a death-grip with my thighs all the time. Given his roundness, I appreciate the solid D-rings that allow easy attachment of a breastcollar. Combined with the grippy pad underside, that has kept me and the pad firmly in place even during a couple of dramatic spooks and startles. I also tried the pad on one of my other half-Arabs – a much taller, leggier, leaner guy with pronounced withers. He seemed to go comfortably in it as well. Even though he’s never actually been ridden bareback before, he accepted the pad after only a few hesitant steps and walked right off. Without the pad, I’d never have tried to ride him bareback – it wouldn’t be comfortable for either of us!

  17. Morgan

    This is the best bareback pad on the market! I use this regularly on my sensitive backed 22 year old gelding and we both love it. Saves his back and my seatbones. It never slips or rubs and cleans up very easily. Absolutely worth the money.

  18. Ashley R

    I love this bareback pad – No slipping, comfortable, and I feel very secure. I’m sure my horse appreciates the thinline padding between my seat and his back!

  19. Jessica Manson

    This is the best piece of tack I’ve ever purchased! I enjoy riding with this pad more than with a saddle. It is grippy and does not slip on my horse’s back. The seat is also tacky enough to make me feel extra secure while allowing me to have a super close feel with my horse’s movement. Riding with this pad 3-4x/week has not only improved my strength and balance, but my trainer remarked that it made a night and day difference in my equitation because it has made me learn how to stay “with” my horse. Worth every penny!

  20. Jessica holzschuher

    My mom got this for me for Christmas and I just love it! My daughter even rode her pony in it and she’s stable and secure!

  21. GK Coombs/Thoroughbred 2.0

    I hate bareback pads. I don’t like them, they slip, they don’t help much…. Oh, wait. Someone bought this, how sad, wasted money. I will try it to be nice. WOW! WOW WOW WOW! This is NICE! I ride a lot of thoroughbreds and this has become a prized item in our barn, we ALL want to use it. Adheres to the horse, conforms to their shape, REALLY helps, looks new almost still with heavy use, WORTH THE INVESTMENT!

  22. Cassie (verified owner)

    Feels so stable. The first time I used it the difference was noticeable. I was able to ride w/t/c and feel totally comfortable, and more balanced than usual. I actually cantered “bareback” for the first time on this! It is my favorite bareback pad by a long shot, and I even prefer it to my saddle some days! I’ve had it for a while now and it’s very durable, doesn’t slip off to the side, and the girth fits great. I don’t slip around on it either, and the cushioning makes you just want to melt.

  23. Leanne

    Love this bareback pad! It is super comfy. I have had mine for a few years now and it has stayed in excellent condition. It has fit every horse I have put it on- from a 14 hand pony to a 17 hand draft. Super versatile and durable. Would recommend 100%!

  24. Abigail Ickes (verified owner)

    My horse and I both love this pad! Very comfortable for me and my horse. I have a CB/TB with a nice big trot Dressage judges love, but it can be hard to sit to. This pad really absorbs that extra movement which makes it so much easier to sit, even when I let him extend his trot. It has enough padding that you really sink into it, but not so much that you lose that close contact feel. I Love this pad soo much, I definitely won’t be using a saddle any time soon!! My back and my horse’s back thank you for such a great product!!

  25. Beth Burrell (verified owner)

    I absolutely LOVE my new Thin Line bareback pad. It is SUPER comfy with tons of padding. It stayed where I put it on at the beginning of my ride and was in the same place when we were done. My horse seemed more comfortable in it too. My last bareback pad used to slip half way down his back and shift to one side as I rode so the Thin Line Bare back Pad was a HUGE improvement! I really adore Thin Line Products they are well thought out and super nice to use. They also seem to last for forever!

  26. Lisa

    From Customer: Mary Grant-Bell
    “Used my ThinLine Comfort Bareback Saddle Pad today for the first time and this 64 year old loves it! I am sorry, I waited so long to order it!
    This pad is not slippery at all. My horse spooked during the first ride and if it hadn’t given me such a secure seat, I would have been on the ground.”

  27. Rachel Tucker (verified owner)

    I got my bareback pad in yesterday. It’s everything that I expected. It’s beautifully made and very high quality. It fits my 16 hand TWH like a glove. Both of my girls rode him with it and they said that it is comfortable. My horse loved it too. It is well worth the money.

  28. Jennifer Emery (verified owner)

    I have been obsessed with this bareback pad since I rode in a friend’s. I waited two years to make sure it was something I really wanted (I don’t have my own horse, so I have to be careful when I make purchases!) and I am not regretting it at all. It has fit every horse I’ve put it on, and makes even my super sharp-spined lease horse comfortable to ride. The grip is just enough to help you feel secure but still provide the freedom we all love with bareback riding, and I love that it has clips for attachments as well. They actually had an inventory mixup on the website when I placed my order, so they made mine special and had it shipped out so fast.

    I can’t say enough good things about the company or this pad!

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    Are the front and rear D-rings standard or are they an additional cost to have added?
  1. Q Are the front and rear D-rings standard or are they an additional cost to have added? answer now
    A

    Thank you for your question! The bareback pad comes standard with both front and rear D-rings. 

  2. Is it possible to use a breast collar with this pad?
  3. Q Is it possible to use a breast collar with this pad? answer now
    A It does have two D-rings at the front of the pad that can be used to attach a breast collar.
  4. My horse is allergic to neoprene, can this be used with a baby pad and alternate cinch to protect her from the neoprene components?
  5. Q My horse is allergic to neoprene, can this be used with a baby pad and alternate cinch to protect...... Read more answer now
    A Thank you for your question! The Comfort Bareback pad can be used with a pad underneath and a different cinch, preventing any direct contact with the neoprene underside. We'd recommend checking with your vet just to be sure!
  6. I’ve read that it is not possible to attach stirrups to this bareback pad, but do you offer a bareback pad that you can attach them to? I am a therapeutic riding instructor, and am looking for something exactly like this for our therapy program. I love that it doesn’t block the horses movement! I however am on the search for something that is gentle on our horses backs, as well as having the ability attach stirrups. I saw the rings up front and behind, but I feel that those aren’t quite in the ideal position.
  7. Q I’ve read that it is not possible to attach stirrups to this bareback pad, but do you offer a bar...... Read more answer now
    A Thank you for your comment! Yes, you are correct that the bareback pad is designed to be used without stirrups and the D-rings are positioned at the front for a grab strap and at the rear for attaching saddlebags or other gear. While you may be looking for the ability to add stirrups to meet a specific need, the bareback pad is made with our grippy ThinLine foam and offers a very secure seat. We have a 30 day return policy on all of our products, so feel free to give it a try and see if it will work for your program!
  8. I've got a horse with sensitive skin. What is the "waffle weave" fabric that is next to the horse's skin made of? What is the girth fabric?
  9. Q I've got a horse with sensitive skin. What is the "waffle weave" fabric that is next to the horse...... Read more answer now
    A Thank you for your question! The waffle weave material is made of neoprene and is on both the underside of the bareback pad and the girth.
  10. How much is shipping to Ireland
  11. Q How much is shipping to Ireland answer now
    A Thank you for your question! Please contact ThinLine EU for shipping information and to place your order.
  12. Will it work on a high with TB?
  13. Q Will it work on a high with TB? answer now
    A Hi and thank you for your question! The contoured topline of this bareback pad provides great wither clearance for high withered horses.
  14. is this pad good for learning to ride bareback?
  15. Q is this pad good for learning to ride bareback? answer now
    A Yes! The Ultra ThinLine performance foam along the top of the pad provides comfort for you and your horse and its grippy surface helps you have a more secure seat. D-Rings at the front of the pad also allow you to add a grab strap.
  16. Is this pad good for learning ?
  17. Q Is this pad good for learning ?
    There are no answers for this question yet. Answer now
  18. Would you recommend this for a heavier rider? I am recovering from a hip injury and do all of my lessons and most of my riding bareback.
  19. Q Would you recommend this for a heavier rider? I am recovering from a hip injury and do all of my ...... Read more answer now
    A Hi! This pad is designed to give that great close contact, bareback feel while offering comfort, security, and back protection for you and your horse. It truly is the ultimate bareback pad for riders of all sizes! So if you've already been riding bareback, it's going to give you a way better ride and keep you and your horse much more comfortable!
  20. If I were to ride my horse in the sea with this pad and it got wet with saltwater, how would you recommend cleaning it? Can I put it in the washing machine?
  21. Q If I were to ride my horse in the sea with this pad and it got wet with saltwater, how would you ...... Read more answer now
    A Thanks for your question! This pad is so easy to maintain! Simply hose off thoroughly on both sides of pad and hang to dry in the shade. Machine washing is not recommended.
  22. My horse is very high withered the pad I use now is very uncomfortable for me is this design good for high withered horses.
  23. Q My horse is very high withered the pad I use now is very uncomfortable for me is this design good...... Read more answer now
    A Thanks for your question! This pad is designed with a contoured topline and a slight cutback at the wither. Fitting a wide variety of conformations, it offers the ultimate in bareback comfort for both horse and rider. As with all ThinLine products, there is a 30 day satisfaction guarantee, so feel free to give it a try!
  24. Can you tak the girth off of the pad?
  25. Q Can you tak the girth off of the pad? answer now
    A Thanks for your question! The included girth is not attached to the pad. The pad has long billets and will work with any short girth/cinch with a single buckle.
  26. How does it protect the horse’s back? Can a saddle pad be put under it to further protect the back and distribute the rider’s weight?
  27. Q How does it protect the horse’s back? Can a saddle pad be put under it to further protect the bac...... Read more answer now
    A Thank you for your question! This pad is constructed with both horse and rider comfort in mind. It is made of faux suede with foam padding and a waffle weave neoprene under-layer. However, the true magic comes from the Ultra ThinLine material covering the entire seat area. Superior shock absorption and weight distribution are provided by the Ultra ThinLine, making any additional pads unnecessary.
  28. Can I jump in this pad?
  29. Q Can I jump in this pad? answer now
    A Thanks for your question! If you normally jump bareback, you should be able to jump in this pad. This pad is designed to offer comfort and support for all bareback riding.
  30. can this be used with one of your Thinline fleece half pads underneath or is the length too long?
  31. Q can this be used with one of your Thinline fleece half pads underneath or is the length too long? answer now
    A Thank you for your question! This pad is designed to be used alone. The Ultra ThinLine added across the top of the pad, in addition to the padded faux suede body, and neoprene waffle weave bottom provide excellent protection for your horse's back. If you have a specific fit issue you'd like help with, please call our office at 888-401-9101.
  32. Will the pad fit and stay on a horse with little to no withers
  33. Q Will the pad fit and stay on a horse with little to no withers answer now
    A This pad fits a wide range of shapes and sizes. Its contoured topline design and grippy, neoprene waffle weave bottom ensure that it will stay in place. It comes with a 30 day satisfaction guarantee, so feel free to give it a try!
  34. Does the cinching go over the spine? Or is it independent and stitched into the sides?
  35. Q Does the cinching go over the spine? Or is it independent and stitched into the sides? answer now
    A Thank you for your question! The billet straps are attached to the sides of the pad, unlike the bareback pads with the single piece girth strap that goes over the withers.
  36. Do you have a handle attachment available to purchase?
  37. Q Do you have a handle attachment available to purchase? answer now
    A We do not currently offer a grab strap, but any standard size will attach to the D-rings on the front of the pad.
  38. Will it fit an 1800-2000 lb Draft?
  39. Q Will it fit an 1800-2000 lb Draft? answer now
    A Thanks for your question! It's tough to answer based on your horse's weight alone, because conformation can vary so much. The girth for this pad is 24" and the side billets are 16" long from the first hole to the last. This gives a total girth reach of 56".
  40. What changes have been made between this current pad and the previous one (with the stitched seat)?
  41. Q What changes have been made between this current pad and the previous one (with the stitched seat)? answer now
    A Thanks for your question! The new Comfort Bareback pad is made with textured Ultra ThinLine, providing more grip than the previous version, and the stitching was also removed for a better feel.
  42. Is it possible to add stirrups?
  43. Q Is it possible to add stirrups? answer now
    A Thanks for your question! This pad has D-rings at the front and rear so that it's easy to attach gear, but does not have a way to attach stirrups. The ThinLine material is so grippy that you may find that you don't need them!
  44. Is it possible for me to use a Western cinch on this pad?
  45. Q Is it possible for me to use a Western cinch on this pad? answer now
    A Thanks for your question! Any cinch with a single buckle and a length similar to the original, should work for this pad. We also sell replacement cinches for $20. Give us a call @ 888-401-9101 to order.
  46. Will it fit a mini?
  47. Q Will it fit a mini? answer now
    A Thanks for your question! This bareback pad fits a wide range of horses, but is likely too large for your mini. The spine length on this pad is 23" long and the girth would likely be oversized as well.
  48. Is it possible to get a replacement girth?
  49. Q Is it possible to get a replacement girth? answer now
    A Yes, we have replacement girths available for the bareback pad. Please call us at 888-401-9101 to order. Thanks!

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