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BEGINNERS LEVEL: How to Saddle Your Horse
After you lunge your horse it is important to put the saddle on then lunge your horse again. Here is how I put a saddle on my horses. It is important to show love and kindness even if your horse is stubborn. Let your horse see everything you are doing. When you bring out the blanket let your horse smell it. Rub the blanket on your horse. As you develop a relationship your horse will learn to understand what you are doing. When you put the saddle on be kind. Don’t just plop the saddle on them. Do everything with a purpose. The more confidence you show in yourself the more your horse will pick up on this. When you have placed the saddle make sure nothing is folded or in the way. Tighten the saddle once then walk around to make sure everything is correct. Once you have done this tighten the saddle all the way. Move the saddle to make sure it is tight and will hold your weight as you mount. Pat the saddle with your hands. This will let your horse know that it is staying for a while. Now lunge your horse again.
In the process of training your horse, you must follow through. Don’t stop halfway. Complete the process, no matter how long it takes. Once they know you are not giving up, they will comply. They will learn that they can trust you and, they can learn to enjoy learning. Horses can be stubborn. They can push your buttons, get you upset and, fight you the whole way. But, if you remain calm and consistent, you will develop a relationship. They will love you and want you to teach them. Watch this video to see how it works. Enjoy!