For the longest time I have had my eye on those supercomfy looking sheepskin barebackpads. But they are almost as expensive as a new saddle. And it may sound weird coming from someone that works with leather but I do not like the idea of real sheepskin when there are good fake options (at least good enough for me and what I want to use it for).
So I've been wanting to make my own comfy barebackpad for a while now and finally decided to just go for it and ofcourse try and keep it as cheep as possible and use as much recycled material as possible. But still have it end up looking nice and be comfortable for horse and rider.
Pictured above are the materials I am starting out with;
At first I just wanted to make a seat with foam blocks, remove the leather strap, shorten the length of the pad, cover the whole thing in fake sheep and attach the leather strap on top of that. But ofcourse that would be too easy and I 'like' to make things difficult for myself.
Keep the leather strap attached, still shorten the pad, make a removable seat so it can be washed, not full length but a bit shorter to make the seat slightly more narrow and make detachable cushions for underneath the pad.
Not sure where to start so I am going to just build the pad from the bottom up. Let's see where this will go....