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How to Saddle a Horse English Style

You may want to ride in the fox hunt or take a trip through the countryside, but you have to saddle your horse before you can begin.


  • Step 1: Groom your horse Groom your horse thoroughly.
  • Step 2: Slide the stirrup irons up Slide the stirrup irons up on the stirrups to get them out of the way.
  • Step 3: Place the girth over the saddle Place the girth strap over the top of the saddle with the right side still attached.
  • Step 4: Lay the saddle on top of the saddle pad Lay the saddle on top of the saddle pad and align the edges, with at least one inch of pad in front of the pommel.
  • Step 5: Slide the saddle back Slide the saddle back until the pommel is lying on top of the highest point of the horse's withers.
  • TIP: Always slide a saddle in the direction of the hair growth and never against. If the saddle is too far back, pick it up and move it forward, then slide back into place.
  • Step 6: Let the girth hang down and pull it under Let the girth hang down over the side of the horse and pull it under the horse. Attach the right-hand side of the girth, making sure it is slung directly behind the horse's front legs and fits snugly.
  • Step 7: Pull the stirrup irons down Pull the stirrup irons down and mount the horse.
  • Step 8: Check the girth Check the girth to make sure it is still snug. If it is not, move it up one hole and enjoy your ride.
  • FACT: The Kentucky Derby has a weight limit of 126 pounds for jockeys and their equipment, including their saddles.

You Will Need

  • Grooming supplies
  • Saddle
  • Saddle pad

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