Tacking up a horse for any horseman is an extremely simple task to do. There are few steps that should be taken when tacking a horse. If you follow these steps, you will find putting tack on a horse a very enjoyable and easy task.
- First and foremost, when tacking a horse, the rider should always tie the horse to a post using the slip known for easy untying in the event the horse starts to buck. After assuring the horse is tied up, one should brush out the horse's mane, tail and body, and while doing so, check to see if there is anything on the horse that might indicate that it is unfit to be ridden.
- The next step to tack a horse is to put the saddle pad on the horse's back, making sure it is lying flat to help prevent sores. Gently place the saddle on top of the saddle pad and a little behind the withers. Once the saddle is in place, the girth needs to be tightened sufficiently so that the saddle is snug.
- The last step to tacking a horse is putting on the bridle. The halter needs to be removed and placed around the neck first. Guide the bit into the horse's mouth, so as not to hit the horse's teeth or to keep the rider's fingers away from accidentally being bitten. The crownpiece can be slid over the horse's ears next. The riders should be careful to not hurt the horse's ears when doing so.
The tack has been put on the horse, so the horse is now ready to be mounted. If the rider chooses, he can lead the horse to a mounting post. The rider should secure his helmet and check the girth one more time before mounting. To mount, one should pull the reins over the head and maintain a grip on the reins and the horn with one hand and the back of the saddle with the other. Place the ball of your foot in the left stirrup and leap slightly with your right foot. Keep the weight on your hands to gently lower yourself on to the horse. Adjust the stirrups to you height and you are ready to go.
When learning to tack a horse, one should be sure to research and follow the directions precisely to help ensure the safety of the rider and horse. Now go have fun riding!