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Readers Respond: What advice would you give to a beginner learning to saddle a horse?

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From the article: How to Saddle a Horse
The first time saddling a horse can be a daunting experience. I once watched a person start saddling their horse by draping the full length of the unfolded saddle blanket over its back, struggle to get the saddle on and then knotting the cinch on the wrong ring. I respectfully intervened, lest disaster strike with a flapping saddle blanket and loose cinch. What advice would you offer beginners? How do you saddle up for the comfort and safety of both horse and rider? Share Your Advice

Saddling a horse

Always double check the cinch after your horse relaxes and tighten it more
—Guest Rhonda Smith

Slow is fast

When you approach anything with a horse feel like you have all day and it will only take you a few minuets. Be gentle and kind, commend for any efforst they may give you and you will earn their trust. Practise on a fence, get one you can handle in weight and most of all keep in mind the horse will remember for next time.
—mystarmajestic

practice

when i went to horse camp, i didn`t get it at all. After camp i watcjed videos of how to do it. Then i started volenteering at a theraputic hosrsse roding program. so i practiced doing it there. All i needed was to watch people do it and keep on trying it until i got it.
—Guest anonomous

me

When i first saddled my horse it wasnt hard at all to me but for those who do have a hard time putting one on or even just plainly with horses and want to learn or something don't worry for one second if you put enough effort in to it then you will surly get it. It will totally be hard but don't give up just keep on trying.
—Guest nicole/nikki

Saddling

First off, get an experienced rider or an instructor to show you how it's done, then try it yourself. If you have any problems, just ask someone around the barn, it's better if you do than having a loose girth or an untied bridle, then falling off and losing control.
—Guest Joanne

Be Kind

Start slow and make friends before you start putting anything on his back gain his trust. Speak in a gentle voice, no one wants to be hollered at. Think of it as talking to a friend. Be kind you will get more out of your horse if you talk in a gentle kind voice. The key to any relationship is trust.
—Guest Sarah

dont rush

tie your horse so he wont move about, giv him a brush before u start, show him everything let him smel and may be lik it before u put it on him, one whole at a time while girthing up dont be rough cause he'll remember next time , praise and pat him at every step, thats what i did with my 2 year old and he tacks up just fine now .. oh and when u put his bit in put a mint in yr hand so he gets the bit and the mint at the same time, and u wont hav any problems getting his bridle on either ..
—spelk

Saddle Your Horse step by step

All saddles are differnt, so you'll have to get an instructor or an expreienced rider to do this. If you read this on the internet... trust me some people don't know what they're saying. Good luck P.S. Saddling a horse is very easy to me at least when you get the routine.
—Guest Nicole

Saddle Your Horse step by step

All saddles are differnt, so you'll have to get an instructor or an expreienced rider to do this. If you read this on the internet... trust me some people don't know what they're saying. Good luck P.S. Saddling a horse is very easy to me at least when you get the routine.
—Guest Nicole

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