How to Saddle a Horse

How to saddle a horse.

If you want to saddle a horse you need to do someting's before you can put the saddle on and ride. Pick out a saddle first, there are Western and English saddles.

After you hace it you need to follow these steps.

To saddle a horse, you will need:

  • Horse brush
  • Saddle blanket
  • Saddle

1. The first step to saddleing a horse is grooming the horse to make sure the coat is free of any mud, dirt, or hair clumps, that would become irritating under the saddle when you being ridden. You also need to make sure there are no sores on your horse's back or clinch area. If there are sores use extra padding or a girth pad.

2. The second step in the process of saddleing a horse, you will need to make sure your saddle blanket is free of debris and is dry. Then place the saddle blanket well forward and pull it back toward the rear of the horse, so that the front of the pad is resting in front of the withers. Make sure to always slide the blanket with the horse's hair and not against it to prevent any hair from getting clumped under the blanket and make sure to use a large enough blanket, so it shows all the way around the saddle to prevent your horse from pain.

3. For the third step to saddle your horse, you need to place the right stirrup and cinch over the seat, so they do not hit and startle your horse, before swinging the saddle up and over the horse's back. To hold it in place hook the right stirrup on the saddle. Now gently lower the saddle onto your horse's back so at least an inch of blanket is in front. Placing the saddle too far up the blanket will cause the blanket to work it's way backward under the saddle while riding.

4. Now for the fourth step of saddleing a horse, you need to go to the right side and lower the right stirrup, cinch and to check that the blanket is centered, but don't just toss them over so they slap the side of your horse. Make sure to always have a hand on your horse's rump when walking around to the other side, so the horse is aware of your presence. When the saddle is on the blanket, lift up the front part of the saddle pad so it creats an air pocket between the blanket and the horse's withers.

5. The fifth step of saddleing a horse, reach under your horse's belly the girth and cinch. Then run the cinch ring and D-ring twich. Tighten it just enough so that it is against the horse's belly, then you need to make a loosely tied cinch knot.

6. For the sixth step, you need to slowly tighten the cinch so that it is nice and snug around the horse's belly just behind the front legs and it should be tight enough so you can just fit your fingures between the cinch and horse's belly. Now before tightening the cinch , check the blanket to make sure it is centered and the cinch is straight. Last tighten the cinch knot and secure the end of the tie strap through the latigo carrier in the front of the saddle.

7. Now for the seventh step of saddleing a horse, walk your horse around to relax it and make sure no loose skin is trapped under the girth. Then tighten the cinch, making sure it is tighter then snug, because you don't want the saddle to slide off the horse when you are rmounting or riding.

8. Now for the eigth and final step, you need to adjust the stirrup, so when you stand in the saddle there is only about two finger widths between you and the saddle. You can adjust the proper length of the stirrups by placing your hand at the top of the saddle fender and checking the sirrup so that it is just long enough to reach your armpit.