Prac­tice Sad­dling Safety

Trail Rider - - SADDLEBAG SAVVY -

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.

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