6)Saddlepad or Blanket
Step 1: First Step
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 get saddle sore.
Step 2: Second Step
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.
Step 3: Third Step
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.
Tip-Don't slam the saddle on the horse's back. Place it carefully in order to not hurt the horse.
Step 4: Forth Step
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 of the girth) and pull the latigo up.
Tip-You want the girth to be snug, but not too tight causing the horse to be uncomfortable.
Step 5: Fifth Step
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 safety before you ride.
Step 6: Sixth Step
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 near (left) side, hold the bridal and reins in your left hand. Slide the reins over the horses head, (make sure there are no knots or twists in the reins).
Step 7: Seventh Step
7) Next, pass the bridle under the horse's chin to rest on its nose.
Step 8: Eighth Step
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 mouth until he opens it.
Tip-A horse may not accept the bit if it is very cold so try warming the bit in your hands first to make the bit more welcoming.