Practice Saddling Safety
When you saddle your horse, follow a set pattern so you’re sure to do everything in the right order for safety: place the saddle pad, place the saddle, pull the saddle pad into the saddle’s gullet; attach the main cinch; attach the back cinch; fasten the breastcollar to both sides and secure its cinch clip.
This procedure makes sure the main cinch is secured as soon as possible during the saddling process, so your saddle doesn’t slip off and spook your horse.
Also while you’re saddling, walk to your horse’s off side to make sure everything looks correct and lays flat. Make sure the cinches aren’t tangled and nothing has been trapped under the saddle skirt.
When you unsaddle, glance at the off side to make sure you’ve detached all parts before pulling the saddle. TTR
In temporary stalls or pens on the road, use duct tape to smooth any sharp edges that could harm your horse.