Before starting to mount the saddle to a horse, we must bear in mind that the equine must be well secured. A good option would be tie the animal to a pole, with a knot that easily falls apart in case the horse tries to run away, so we will prevent damage.
If we choose to be a person who holds it, we can end up having an accident if the horse became nervous.
It is advisable do not use the flange of an equine to hold him while we put the saddle on a horse, since the flange must be placed after having put the chair in place.
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How to saddle and prepare a horse
The saddle is the equipment used to make the horse ready to ride, unless you want to ride bareback. For the English style, it usually consists of a blanket, a saddle, reins, girth, a martingale and boots. Learn the perfect way for your horse to be ready to ride if you are a beginner.
First you will have to approach him. Have the horse hear the sound of your voice as you slowly approach one of its constants. So the horse will know that you are there, talk to him in a calm and safe tone of voice, in this way the horse will feel confident.
Check the horseshoes well. Lift each leg to make sure it has its horseshoes in order. You must palpate the leg of the horse from the top until it reaches the lower end, in this way the horse will lift the leg if you ask. With a "v" shaped cleaning beak to verify that it has nothing stuck. This prevents the horse from getting hurt while walking. All this must be done being in the position as shown in the image to prevent the horse from kicking you.
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Put on the cinch. Some horses swell. So take this into account, if you know how to do this. It squeezes gradually on both sides, when he exhales so he won't do it again before mounting. Ideally, it should be 3/4 thick if you prefer. If you use the chest strap or a back strap, now is the time to position it. Move your horse at least three steps, backwards. Adjust the strap again and do it gradually.
Place the brakes in the horse's mouth. Place a finger on each side of the mouth and gently push it back, it is a good idea to put your thumbs in the corner of the horse's mouth where it has no teeth.
Put the crown / helmet of the bridle between the horse's ears (some place it in the ear on the far side, so the ear closest to you can easily slip, compared to doing it the other way).
Lock the throat latch. When you are able to put four fingers between the throat and the throat latch.
Buckle up the chinstrap. You should place one or two fingers under it.
If you have a flash, put the buckle up, bending down and then pulling but not too tight.
2. Clean the horse
Once we have subject to our horse we must clean and brush well, especially in the place where we will later place the saddle and the webbing.
This way we can check that our horse does not have any type of problem associated with the saddle such as sores, edema or chafing on the skin of the equine.
4. Place the pads
Pads are a very important part when it comes to placing a saddle on a horse. Depending onsaddle typeone pad or another will be used.
The placement of the pads is on the front of the horse's cross. First it will be placed a little higher and then scroll down to prevent the horse's hair from crushing or stay in an unnatural position.
It is recommended place the pads on the same side as the one we usually mount to the horse, usually from the left.
5. Place the saddle on the horse's back
We arrive at the most anticipated moment, when placing the saddle on a horse. We take the chair and place it right in the middle of the pad, with special care, letting it stand out a little in front and behind.
It is important that the pad, which we have placed before, does not move when putting the mount, to avoid the problems mentioned above.
Once we have the chair well placed and adjusted we proceed to place the harnesses.
6. Attach and adjust the strap
The webbing is connected to the mount and adjusts for the area of the equine's belly. We must pay special attention in this step, since some horses don't like it too adjust the strap and they could try to bite us.
The adjustment of the webbing is very important since it is what hold the mount. Must be tight but without harming the horse, there should be about 2 slack fingers, as long as the chair does not move easily.
It is advisable readjust the webbing just before ridingsince during heating the volume of the stomach of the equine may have varied, as some swell when we are putting the mount.
7. Adapt the stirrups to the rider
After having placed and adjusted well the saddle to the horse, we proceed to adjust the stirrups to the rider. This step is very important for the ride, so we should align the stirrups conveniently for greater comfort and especially for greater security.
Depending on the ride we are going to do stirrups will be placed longer or shorter although usually stirrups are usually adjusted with the help of our arms. From the fingertips to the armpit.
Following all these guidelines step by step, we would already have the mount ready to ride to our horse. Single we would need to place the reins on the equine along with the bridle, the bite, the choking and the noseband, important parts to guide the horse in our route or training that we will see in the next article.
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