Read on to here why one ThinLine Fan won’t lend out her ThinLine Bareback Pad to just anyone . . .
“I live in a truly remote part of Australia….. a 8hr drive from Darwin & 11hrs drive to Broome. In a desperate world-wide search for help/information/assistance re-saddle fit issues with my new horse, I kept coming across the name ThinLine in articles. So I looked them up and discovered an Australian distributor. . When trolling thru the ThinLine website I found the bareback pad & I thought I might have found a workable solution. I had already decided that if I had to “step up” and learn to ride bareback to be able to get my horse a pain free, no more dry spots, no more white hairs, riding experience, then so help me I would. I was impressed with the technology that went into the material that the pad is made of. I figured for $200, I’ve spent more than that on gimmicks promising the world, that sit in my tack shed and never see the light of day.My pad arrived and I couldn’t believe how well made it was. I couldn’t resit throwing it straight on my horse and seeing how it felt. I jumped on in shorts and couldn’t believe how comfy it was and just how ‘solid’ I felt.The pad takes the lumps and bumps out of being bareback and the grip is quite amazing. I couldn’t deny how much more relaxed my horse was….just rolling out canter leads and loping along. (I had not ever ridden him bareback at this point….let alone cantering!!!!! )
My new horse came to me with a reputation for being a bit of a ‘troublemaker’ under saddle, well known to buck, rear and big-root during competitions. He had dumped me on my head in spectacular fashion in the first week I had him…..& he bucks like a proper little rank sod! Height, suck and spin…. I never stood a chance. ;-(
Its currently 40+ plus up here during the day. In the last three weeks, I’ve been clocking up 40-60 km’s a week in my pad…walk, trot, canter and gallop. I’ve sat my horse shying at scary new piles of rocks someone put on our regular trails. I’ve sat my horse spooking at the crocodiles launching off on the channel banks as we come cantering along. I’ve sat my horse stepping sideways from the wallaby’s skooting out from the undergrowth & those damn quails flying up & out of the cane grass under my horses legs, still haven’t managed to get me off……yet! I come home and hose my horse and my pad off with water, hang one up and turn the other out in his day yard for the rest of the day.
I had to go and pick up a new horse from the breaker, for a mate, in Katherine NT last week. I just folded my bareback pad and stowed it behind the drivers seat for the 6 hrs drive to Katherine. Heaps easier to travel with than a saddle. The breaker showed us the new young horse, put the saddle on and put her thru her paces. I asked if I could hop on. You should have seen his eye’s go up in his head, when I trotted out my pad and asked him to remove the saddle & bridle. The Breaker told me he hadn’t ridden her at all bareback. I got legged up, walker her around a bit then called for them to swing the gate and let me outside. Walk, trot and canter…in a halter, stopped on a dime. The breaker was gobsmacked…asked if he could have a ride in the pad….reckons he’s never seen anything quite like it! Only took him a few laps before he was grinning like a fool and saying he wants one!
I have a general rule that I’ll lend any of my gear, to any one…..but not my ThinLine pad……..go get your own!”