by Al Badia,
Tying a saddle chair to a horse can be a daunting task for those who are new to horseback riding or unfamiliar with the equipment. A saddle chair, also known as a seat saver, is a cushion that is placed over the saddle to provide extra comfort to the rider. Here are the steps to properly tie a saddle chair to a horse:
- Adjust the saddle – Before tying the saddle chair, ensure that the saddle is properly fitted to the horse. The saddle should sit evenly on the horse’s back without any pressure points or rubbing.
- Place the saddle chair – Next, place the saddle chair over the saddle. Make sure that it is centered and positioned in the middle of the saddle.
- Secure the saddle chair – Once the saddle chair is in place, secure it to the saddle. Take the straps that are attached to the saddle chair and thread them through the D-rings on the saddle. Make sure the straps are snug, but not too tight, to avoid discomfort for the horse or the rider.
- Double check – Before mounting the horse, double check that the saddle chair is securely tied to the saddle. Give it a gentle tug to make sure it won’t come loose during the ride.
It’s important to note that tying a saddle chair to a horse should only be done by experienced riders or under the supervision of a professional. It’s also important to check the saddle chair regularly during the ride to ensure that it remains secure and comfortable for the horse and rider.