How to Put an English Saddle On a Horse

How To Put an English Saddle On a Horse

 

If you want to ride English, one of the first tasks you will have to accomplish is saddling the horse. Fortunately, putting an English saddle on a horse is a skill that can be mastered fairly easily by most new riders.

Step One

Groom your horse thoroughly to make sure there is no dirt or debris in the area of the back and barrel where the saddle will go. Trapped dirt can rub and cause the horse to develop sores.

Step Two

Place your English saddle pad on the horse's back, just barely covering the withers. Make sure the saddle pad is placed so that it is even on both sides.

Step Three

Place your English saddle on top of the saddle pad on the horse's back. Make sure the saddle is sitting evenly and the stirrups and girth are not trapped underneath the saddle.

Step Four

Secure the saddle in place using the keepers on the pad. Most English saddle pads have keepers that attach to either the billets or around the bottom flap of the saddle and the billets to help prevent the saddle from slipping off the pad.

Step Five

Slide both the saddle and pad back from the withers by several inches until the saddle rests comfortably on the horse's back and does not slide easily.

Step Six

Put the girth on the saddle by attaching it to either the first and second billet or the first and third billets on both sides of the saddle. English saddles have three billets, but the girth only goes through two of them. Most riders use the first and third billets on both sides of the saddle. Make sure to slide the girth through the keepers on the pad.

Step Seven

Tighten the girth evenly until it is snug. This means that you should raise the girth using the billets on both sides of the horse, keeping the girth as even as possible on both sides. Stop when the girth is secure. Double check to make sure it is tight before you mount.

 

 

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