Do you know how to correctly saddle up a pony? Find out here!
Before you start saddling up your stirrup irons should be:
Hanging down, ready for when you mount later
Crossed over the saddle
You should start by placing the saddle:
In the middle of the horses back, you can then slide it backwards or forwards as much as you need
High up on the withers so you can slide it backwards slightly into the correct place
Anywhere on the pony’s back
The saddlecloth should be:
Flat against the pony’s withers
Underneath the pony’s belly
Tucked up into the arch of the saddle
The girth should be fastened via:
The first two straps
The two outside straps or the 2nd and 3rd strap
You only need to fasten one strap
You should do the girth up:
Very tightly straight away – you don’t want the saddle slipping off!
Very loosely then tighten it after you have got on
Loosely to begin with then tighten it up just before you mount
It is best to put the saddle on:
After the bridle, just before you are ready to mount
Before the bridle, to allow it to warm up and for your pony’s back to settle
Very first thing, before grooming your pony
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