detailed drawing of Little Joe Horse Gear bareback saddle
  1. Double-billet rigging
  2. D-rings for optional stirrup attachment
  3. Padding will not shift, pack or deteriorate
  4. Top-quality split cowhide seat

Our Double-Billet Bareback Saddle

The Bareback Pad Perfected

We believe it’s the most secure, most comfortable, most versatile bareback pad on the market today

Whether you ride English or Western, bareback riding is unsurpassed as a way to learn balance, a good independent seat, timing and coordination. But a bareback rider may be so worried about falling that he is unable to relax and move with the horse! Our bareback saddles provide the best advantages of bareback riding while also giving the rider a level of security and confidence not possible with a traditional bareback pad. They feature:

  • Exclusive girth design fastens with leather billets and English-style girth for unsurpassed security: the saddle is nearly slip-proof; use your horse’s most comfortable girth; no metal buckle on your horse’s belly or side
  • Split cowhide seat for superior traction and comfort
  • Padding will not compact or deteriorate
  • Absorbent and comfortable
  • Side D-rings for optional stirrup attachment
  • Sturdy enough to use every day
  • Comes in many attractive color combinations
  • Comes with free no-bunch saddle blanket that helps keep your saddle clean!

$229.95
Includes free saddle blanket!

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GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE OF YOU WITH LARGE HORSES!

Regular billet vs. new longer billet

We are now pleased to offer longer billets on any bareback saddle at no extra charge. When we first designed our bareback saddle, we made it to fit horses like our own–basically medium-sized, around 15 hands. However, since then a number of people with larger horses have suggested that we make the billets longer, so they have a wider range of girths available to them.

The large billets are recommended for horses 16 hands or over, or for shorter horses who have a very round build.

Our regular billets are about 12-13 inches long when measured from the bottom edge of the saddle, and are the ones seen in all the photographs on this site. The longer billets are 18-19 inches long (see comparison photo).

NOTE: when ordering a saddle, please specify regular or long billets. There is no charge for longer billets AT THE TIME YOU ORDER, but if you return a saddle to have the billets changed, there will be a $40.00 charge because of the labor involved.

Why our bareback saddle offers you much more than a traditional bareback pad

Little Joe Horse Gear billet drawing

First and foremost, our unique double-billet rigging dramatically reduces the dangerous slipping that is a problem with so many bareback pads. It can be used with any English-style girth.

The billets are sewn securely through tough nylon web straps to the split cowhide seat, providing a much larger girth attachment area than a single strap. Two-ply laminated for toughness and resilience, these billets will last for years if they are kept clean and oiled.

Precisely spaced to work with any two-buckle girth, the billets allow the rider to choose the best girth for the horse. Increased attachment area and a high-quality girth make the saddle so secure that slipping is practically eliminated.

close-up drawing of D ring on Little Joe Horse Gear bareback saddle

Heavy-duty 2-inch D-rings are sewn into the web straps on the sides of the saddle for optional stirrup attachment. Of course we recommend the use of safety or breakaway stirrups, whether English or Western.

Though stirrups are not recommended for use with most bareback pads, many of our friends use them with their Little Joe saddles. Some even use their saddles for jumping or dressage!

The padding in our saddle will not shift, pack down, or deteriorate (see cutaway diagram). Under the split cowhide seat are two layers of extra-thick Berber cloth–springy, resilient and absorbent. They are separated by a one-inch piece of recycled poly foam that resists rot and compression and holds its shape through years of wear.

The bottom side of the saddle, next to the horse, is a third layer of Berber cloth. This whole construction is quilted to prevent it from shifting or pulling apart under pressure. The result is a pad that is extremely tough, resilient, long-lasting and comfortable for both horse and rider–so much so that they have been used successfully on 25-mile endurance rides.

image of color swatches available for Little Joe Horse Gear saddle leathers

The seat of the LittleJoe bareback pad is sturdy, top quality split cowhide, available in a number of attractive colors. The suede surface provides excellent traction, making the rider feel more secure and relaxed. The grab strap is mostly for mounting, but is also handy if you lose your balance, or for learning to sit the trot!

All this and a blanket, too!

Receive a handmade, one-of-a-kind quilted blanket FREE with every bareback saddle.

SAFETY NOTICE

While the LittleJoe bareback saddle is exceptionally comfortable and secure, NO BAREBACK PAD IS EVER AS SECURE AS A TREED SADDLE AND EVEN THE MOST SECURE BAREBACK SADDLE CAN SLIP. PLEASE FOLLOW THESE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:

  1. Fasten the girth tightly and check it frequently while riding.
  2. Always use safety stirrups, and use extra care mounting and dismounting.
  3. If the pad slips, dismount immediately to adjust it and tighten the girth.

Details of the LittleJoe bareback saddle

image of Little Joe Horse Gear saddle

Little Joe wearing a chocolate saddle with shaped green pad. Joe is a 14-hand mustang with a very round build. This saddle fits him perfectly with regular billets and a 26-inch girth.

More saddle views
closer look at Little Joe Horse Gear saddle
detailed view of Little Joe Horse Gear saddle measurements
Dimensions of chocolate saddle laid out flat and shown from above, with regular billets. Shows the pattern of quilting, stitching that attaches the stirrup rings, and placement of the hand strap and front rings.
Detail of quilting and stitching
Billet attachment points
close-up view of Little Joe Horse Gear saddle details
Close-up of billet stitching
close-up view of Little Joe Horse Gear saddle details
Detail of billets
Proper placement of the girth to give the horse plenty of room for free movement.

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Every product we sell is used on our own horses every time we ride.

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