Team Wrangler - How to Saddle a Horse: Western
Discover how to saddle your western horse demonstrated by AQHA Professional Horseman and Team Wrangler member, J.D. Yates.
By Holly Wilson, fall 2016 AQHA communications and digital marketing intern | May 16, 2017
Saddling your horse is the first step you take; in training, in riding, in showing. Making sure that you know how to do it properly and that it fits your horse’s back is important to your everyday routine.
The first step in saddling your horse is to make sure that your saddle pad is sitting correctly. Your pad should sit right on the horse’s back and provide a nice area for the saddle to sit.
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AQHA Professional Horseman and Team Wrangler member J.D. Yates recommends putting your cinches up on the off-side of your saddle and to have them secured in this fashion to prevent them from hitting your horse in the leg when you swing the saddle over the horse’s back.
When you throw your saddle on, make sure it’s sitting right.
Not touching on the horse’s withers
Centered in the horse’s back
Fits on the saddle pad
When you go to undo your cinches, don’t just let them drop. Gently set them down so they don’t hit your horse’s legs.
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Always do the front cinch first: You want to secure the saddle in case something were to spook your horse.
At first, you don’t need to cinch your horse up very tight. Just get it nice and snug. Then, you can secure your breast collar and the back cinch. Again, you don’t want these to be too tight, just snug.
Watch Team Wrangler member J.D. Yates saddle his horse with a western saddle.