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SUPPLIES NEEDED: 1)Horse 2)Western Saddle 3)Girth 4)Bridal 5)Reins 6)Saddlepad or Blanket
1) Get a Blanket or Saddlepad (Make sure the saddlepad fits the horse.) Tip- Place the saddlepad or blanket on top of the withers so the horse won't ...
2) From the left side of the horse, carefully put the saddlepad or blanket on the horses back. Tip-Make sure there are no wrinkles in the saddlepad.
3) Get the saddle, and from the LEFT side of the horse, throw the saddle over the horses back and make sure the stirups aren't caught under the saddle...
4) From the left side, grab the girth from under the horses stomach and slip the leather latigo (a part of the saddle) into the rigging ring (a part o...
5) Tie the rigging ring into a typical cinch knot, tighten again before you mount the horse. Tip-Have an adult or friend check your girth to ensure s...
6) After you have tightened the girth, it is time to put the bridal and reins on the horse. Position yourself next to the horse's shoulder on the nea...
7) Next, pass the bridle under the horse's chin to rest on its nose.
8) Lay the reins across the horse's neck and put the bit mouthpiece in your left hand. Open the mouth by working your thumb into the corner of the mou...
9) Place the headstall over the ears, gently pushing the ears into the ear loops and pulling away any forelock. (If the forelock gets tangled in the b...
10) After putting both ears in the headstall, you need to secure the throat latch. You should be able to fit your fist through the throat latch. If yo...
11) Once you are finished saddling the horse, you are ready to mount. Tip-If your horse gets frightened easily, have someone hold the horse's reins w...
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