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How To Properly Saddle Your Horse



By Christy Mellington

Saddling our partner up for a nice, enjoyable ride can seem like quite a chore sometimes. Here are some tips to make this task a little easier for the both of you.





Begin by catching your horse and tying him securely. (Remember to use a quick release knot, for safety purposes).















Go quietly to his left side with your saddle pad under your left arm and saddle in your right hand, balanced against your hip.













Stand at his left shoulder and turn yourself toward his hips. Now, gently place your saddle pad on his back, slightly farther forward than you want your saddle to be when were done. We will adjust our saddle and pad toward the rear of our horse, in the direction his hair lays, to prevent irritating his back.












Hold your saddle with your right hand on the right side of the cantle (back of the seat), and your left hand on the left side of the front skirt.













Now, swing your saddle, from your hip, gently onto his back. Throwing your saddle in this manner takes all of the work out of it, as the momentum of the swing carries the weight of the saddle for you.












Be sure that your saddle lands softly on the back of your horse. Slide your saddle back into position.


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