Riding bareback is a great way to build up better communication with your horse as well as help you build up your balance and your confidence. The only thing you might consider while doing this is riding with a bareback pad.The reason why I think it's better to ride with the pad instead of without it is because you don't want to cause pain. The top of the horse's back has hardly any fat or muscle. It's pretty much just their spine under their skin. If you were to ride without a bareback pad, your chances of your tail bone digging into your horse's spine has just increased. You don't want your horse to learn to not like riding bareback because it feels pain, do you? It should be an amazing experience for both of you. So why not get rid of that risk by riding with the bareback pad? It gives you all of the same benefits, but with the addition of extra comfort.