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How to Saddle a Horse : 

How to Saddle a Horse Denise Randall

Step One: Catch your horse! : 

Step One: Catch your horse! Coax your horse to stand still long enough for you to put it’s halter on. A halter is a device used for securing and controlling the horse, often attached to a lead rope.

Step Two: Tie your horse to a sturdy post! : 

Step Two: Tie your horse to a sturdy post! ***Caution: Not done properly you will be repeating Step One! Horses are strong animals, and most of them know it. Find a hitching post or a sturdy fence post to secure them to. Most experts will tell you to use a chain stitch to tie your horse. This will allow you to quickly release your horse should an emergency occur. Mine know how to untie a chain stitch so it doesn’t work for me.

Step Three: Brush your horse : 

Step Three: Brush your horse No one likes dirt between them and their clothes!

Step Four: Put on saddle blanket : 

Step Four: Put on saddle blanket WRONG!! CORRECT!! Saddle blanket should ride up over the withers to protect the horse from chaffing under the saddle. The withers are equivalent to our shoulders.

Step Five: Put on the saddle : 

Step Five: Put on the saddle The saddle allows for balance while riding and should sit atop the blanket in the same approximate area as the blanket.

Step Six: Tighten the cinch : 

Step Six: Tighten the cinch Pull the cinch around the barrel of the horse just behind the foreleg. Cinch – the strap holding the saddle to the horse. Loop through the D ring on the Cinch and then through the Circle ring on the saddle. Loop a second time through both rings. Wrap the strap from the circle ring around the two loops and back up through the circle ring and then pull down through the loop to form a single Windsor knot. Tuck excess strap into the retainer.

Step Seven: Give your horse a “moment” : 

Step Seven: Give your horse a “moment” Horses often bloat, or inhale air when they know they’re being saddled. Giving that moment to relax will give them an opportunity to exhale.

Step Eight: Tighten cinch again!! : 

Step Eight: Tighten cinch again!! ***Important or else!! This requires only that you pull up on the outermost strap of the cinch strap, and adjusting your knot!

Now you can move on to the bridle! : 

Now you can move on to the bridle! But that’s another how to!

Credits : 

Credits Actors: Michelle Randall as herself “Cody” as himself Guest appearance by “Windy” Pictures and movie Taken with a Pentax optio W60 Movie edited in Windows movie maker Images “Two horses” Image found at: http://www.gifs.net/gif/download.php3?image_id=888 “Horseback riding” Image found at: http://www.martley.org.uk/leisure/index-jl.shtml Edited in Photoshop CS4 and animated in Fireworks CS4 by Denise Randall “Chain Stitch” image found at: http://i.ytimg.com/vi/QImm5vkf8To/0.jpg THE END

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