These are the grain or oats, a brush, and curry combs. The currys are used for getting mud off a horses coat.
Harness your horse to make sure it doesn't run off. Tie the lead rope in a quick release knot encase it spooks.
Be sure to brush the dirt off your horses coat, brushing in the direction of the hair.
Brush the underside of the horses chest, where the breast strap goes, since the dirt can rub the horse, and leave the skin raw.
Put the blanket on the horses withers
This is a western saddle. To not hit the horse, or yourself, put the stirrup on the horn of the saddle.
Hold the saddle with the stirrup down facing you and the stirrup on the horn facing the horse.
Lift the saddle onto the horse and place on top of the horse. Do not slide the saddle up the horses side, since that could make the blanket and the saddle fall off the horse when riding.
Take the stirrup down from the horn on the right side of the horse.
From left to right: flank cinch, girth, and the breast strap. These are the three things that will need to be fastened to the horse, to make sure the saddle doesn't fall of when riding.
Grab the girth from the left side of the horse, and tighten it first, encase the horse spooks and bucks, the saddle will stay on the horse, and not hurt the horse.
Pull the latigo up through the girth and adjust the saddle to the horses width.
Put the girth strap buckle in the latigos belt hole to where two fingers will fit underneath.
Put the latigo strap around the front rigging dee to the left.
Twist the latigo around the front of the latigo and behind the front rigging dee.
Pull the latigo down, behind the first latigo loop to tighten it.
Get the breast strap from the right side of the horse and bring it over to the left side of the horse.
Tie the breast strap around the front rigging dee (fdr) and loop behind it and buckle it.
Do the same to the second breast strap and buckle it.
Get the flank cinch from the right side of the horse and and bring it under and to the left side. Tighten the flank cinch enough to wear the horses leg will not get caught in the strap.
Loosen or tighten the stirrup strap to the length of your legs for a comfortable ride.
Completed saddle adjusting.
Take the harness off but not completely, and buckle the harness around its neck loosely, so the horse wont flee.
Get the hackamore (bridle) and fit the horses head through it. Bend the ears back to get the hackamore in place behind the ears.
Loop the chinstrap through the head strap loop.
Tie the chinstrap at the horses cheek in a knot to keep the hackamore in place.
Unbuckle the halter from the horses neck.
Place the reins of the hackamore on the crest (neck) on the horse.
All the necessary tack is on the horse.
To mount the horse, put your left foot in the left stirrup and grab the horn of the saddle.
Hoist yourself up onto the horse and swing your right leg over the horses back and over the saddle
Seat yourself properly in the saddle by putting both feet in the stirrup and holding the reins in your hands to gain control of the horse.
Now you are ready for the ride.
- A horse
- A western saddle
- A western blanket
- A harness and lead rope
- A bridle with reins
- Handfull of hay or oats