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How to Saddle a Horse Western Style

A trail ride sounds like fun, right? Put on that saddle and let's get going.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Groom your horse Groom your horse thoroughly.
  • Step 2: Place saddle pad on the horse Place a saddle pad on the horse's back, being sure to cover the withers.
  • Step 3: Put the stirrup and girth over the saddle Place the right-hand stirrup of the saddle over the saddle horn and the girth over the seat of the saddle.
  • Step 4: Hoist the saddle onto the horse Stand on the left-hand side of the horse and hoist the saddle onto the horse's back.
  • TIP: The saddle horn should be right on top of the horse's withers and the saddle should lie evenly on the saddle blanket.
  • Step 5: Release the stirrup and girth Release the stirrup from the saddle horn and the pull the girth down off the seat.
  • Step 6: Swing the girth under the horse Sling the girth under the horse's belly, just behind its front legs.
  • Step 7: Feed the cinch strap through the ring Feed the cinch strap through the ring of the girth, and then back up. Repeat once.
  • Step 8: Pull the strap across to the right Pull the strap to the left of the upper ring, and then cross over to the right.
  • Step 9: Feed the strap behind the ring and then under Feed the strap behind the upper ring and then through the ring to the front, tucking it under where it crossed itself.
  • Step 10: Take up the slack Take up the slack in the cinch strap, pulling up from the bottom to fit the saddle snugly on the horse. Mount the horse and enjoy your ride.
  • FACT: Riders on the Pony Express got a fresh horse every 10-15 miles. New riders took over every 75-100 miles.
  • FACT: Riders on the Pony Express got a fresh horse every 10 to 15 miles. New riders took over every 75 to 100 miles.

You Will Need

  • A horse
  • Grooming supplies
  • Saddle pad
  • Saddle

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