Adaptive Horse Riding : Adaptive Horse Riding: Bareback Pads
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Adaptive Horse Riding : Adaptive Horse Riding: Bareback Pads

October 24, 2019


My name is Raeshell Sorensen. I’m the equestrian
program manager, here at the National Ability Center. This piece is a bareback pad. It’s
not even considered a saddle, but it’s something that we use quite a bit. It is more forming
to the horse again, but also close to the horse, so it also allows for heat to arise
from the horse, to relax muscles. It also allows the rider to benefit more from the
horse’s movement, because there isn’t a solid tree underneath, so it allows the saddle to
move more with the horse, and that’s allowing the rider to move more with the horse. This
also challenges balance quite a bit, so we use it for people who are trying to build
core strength, who can do some exercises from this bareback pad. They can be challenged
a little more, than if they were in a western saddle. This does not have straps, and therefore,
we usually have two side walkers on each side, to help support the rider, in case of an emergency.
It’s also very comfortable and fuzzy and good for tactile things. Kids to feel it, and they
can also feel the horse, and be a little bit more close to the horse. We have also a handle
here for them to hold onto , if needed.

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