How To: Saddle a horse, English style

Saddle a horse, English style

Whether you are out hunting or thinking about joining a derby, you will need to learn to ride a horse first. Before you can ride, you need to saddle the horse. Check out this tutorial for information on how to saddle your pony English style, and then head out and find yourself a riding coach. Have fun!
You Will Need
• Grooming supplies
• Saddle
• Saddle pad

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.
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.

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