Insructions on How to Saddle a Horse




Out of everything relatable to agriculture, saddling a horse is one of the many different ways of doing things however, it is important to know the correct steps of properly saddling a horse. Saddling a horse isn’t the most difficult thing to do, and will eventually become easier after the first few times.

Step 1: Groom the Horse

The currycomb will be used to groom the horse, which is very important to do because horses can become very irritated and sore when ridden without being groomed. Check the horse for any sores or wounds that could irritant it while saddled. It is important not to saddle a horse that has any of these signs.

Step 2: Place the Sddle Blanket on the Horses Back

Next place the saddle blanket directly on the horses back, making sure it is not backwards or lopsided. It is important that the blanket isn’t too far back, try to keep the saddle blanket closer to the withers of the horse.

Step 3: Place the Saddle on the Horse

When putting the saddle on be sure to be on the left side of the horse. Make sure everything on the right side of the saddle is flopped over the seat, to make it easier to lay it on the horse, and to keep things from becoming stuck underneath the saddle. When the saddle is placed on top of the horses back make sure that it is equal on both sides and not lopsided. Feel free to walk around the horse and adjust the saddle until it looks right.

Step 4: Cinching the Saddle

Before cinching the saddle, make sure the cinch, back cinch, and breast collar are adjusted properly to the horse, they should all be equal on both sides of the horse.

The next step will be cinching the saddle to prevent the saddle from slipping off of the horse. Reach under the horse bringing the front cinch across the belly, making sure it is not twisted. Next take the latigo strap and run it through the cinch buckle, depending on how long the latigo is wrap it two to three times around the D-ring outside-in.

once the cinch is tight place the hook on the end of the cinch through the closest hole in the latigo. Next pull on the last loop on the latigo securing the cinch from becoming undone.

Step 5: Connect the Back Cinch

In addition, reach under the horse bringing the back cinch across the belly. It is important not to have the back cinch too tight or too lose. Once your back cinch is adjusted to the horse’s width fasten the end of the cinch to the buckle, this process is similar to the front cinch.

Step 6: Connect the Breast Collar

Last attach the breast collar if desired. Do this by latching it to the saddle’s cinch and front D-rings, making sure the breast collar is even on both sides. With the saddle in place, the horse is now ready to ride.



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    5 Discussions


    Tip 8 months ago

    Great instructable for beginners to follow! I always put the blanket a little more forward than I want, put the saddle on too, then slide them both back into final place to make sure that all the fur is lying down flat underneath. Also, if your horse has a long mane, make sure that none of it gets caught up under the saddle or the blanket! Happy trails!


    9 months ago

    Oh no! Please don't punch a horse! they have an incredible memory, especially for being hurt and will never trust you again or work with you. He con't hold his breath forever, just walk him a few steps and tighten the cinch that last little bit. Most horses that do this, do it because the cinch has been tightened too tight previously. a horse that likes and trusts you will anticipate what you want and give it to you willingly. But a horse that is bullied will only do what you force it to do and it will never be a pleasure to ride. I would also like to add to the saddling instructions: after placing the blanket and making sure there aren't any wrinkles or folds, put your fingers under the blanket above the withers and push up to make a little airspace; that way when you tighten the saddle down the blanket won't be too tight across the withers and cause galling. Then place a hand behind the knee and lift the leg up and forward on each side. This insures that the horse doesn't have wrinkles of skin under the cinch that will make sores. I always hosed my horse off after a ride to get all of the salt off of her skin so she didn't get blisters.


    1 year ago

    When I was a kid, one of the horses we rode had this trick of taking a deep breath before getting the cinch fastened. This way the saddle was quite likely to slide off sideways, unseating the rider. We had to give him a good solid punch in the side, making him exhale--then the saddle could be cinched safely tight.


    1 year ago

    Another SHTF skill I never knew I needed! :P


    1 year ago

    I haven't been riding in a long time, I miss it! Thanks for sharing :)