You can use riding cushions or bareback pads to better feel the movements of your horse's back, or simply to take a relaxed ride and enjoy the feeling of being without a saddle - only more comfortable.
What are the advantages of a riding pillow?
The biggest advantage of a riding cushion is to be able to feel back movements better. In addition, riding pads are very light and have thick padding, which can be very comfortable on the horse's back. Through the close contact with the horse's back, you can also improve the seat, leg and weight aids, as you can better feel the horse's movements. The bareback pad is also suitable for children and beginners, because it trains balance on horseback.
What do you have to consider when using a riding cushion?
The riding cushion is particularly suitable for rides in the step or short training units. Since a riding pad does not have a saddle tree, you should ride without stirrups to avoid pressure peaks on the stirrup attachment. The pressure is well cushioned by the thick padding of the riding cushion, but you shouldn't sit on the pad all the time or for very long. A suitable saddle is better suited for show jumping, very long rides or intensive training sessions. You should also put your own body weight in relation to the muscles of your horse. A riding pad is usually not suitable for heavy riders (over 90 kg). If the horse's back muscles are well developed, you have a good seat and you only do short laps, you can use a lambskin saddle or a physiopad.