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post #1 of 22 Old 06-25-2008, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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What is Your Tacking Up Routine?

What is your routine for tacking up your horse? Like, in what order do you do stuff?

Here's mine:

(on crossties or to a post outside):
1. put on riding boots and half-chaps
2. brush her (body first, then legs, then face, use soft brush last)
3. brush out mane and tail
4. pick out hooves
5. put on saddle pad
6. put on saddle
7. attach girth (I don't tighten to max right away)
8. hair net and helmet
7. take halter off and put reins over head
8. fly ears if using
9. slip on bridle
10. put on gloves
11. walk her to mounting block and feel girth (tighten if necessary
12. roll down stirrups and get ready to mount!

after riding ...
1. take off bridle first
2. put on her halter and tie her (although usually I just let her stand --- she knows the stuff's comin' off, so she'll stand there for me)
3. take off my helmet & gloves cuz I'm sweating by now! lol
4. take off saddle
5. take off saddle pad
6. hose her off if really hot
7. use sweat scraper and let dry
8. brush off (especially where saddle was)
9. pick hooves
10. put on hoof dressing
11. I also brush her mane and tail again and put a bit of baby oil in it to detangle and make it soft and shiny

Was just wondering if you guys did things in a different order??

Edited to add my riding gear.

Was just wondering if you guys did things in a different order??

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post #2 of 22 Old 06-25-2008, 08:33 PM
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Here is Mine.

(Tied up inside)
1. Take rugs off
2. get brushes and brush him
3. get saddle clothes and uncover saddle
4. put saddle cloths on
5. put saddle on
6. get girth and put it on the saddle and then do it up
7. get my helmet and gloves
8. clean my bit
9. Pick hooves out
10. get bridle
11. put bridle on
12. tighten girth more
13. walk him into the arena
14. do ground work
15. run stirrups down
16. check girth and equipment before mounting
17. Walk him over to the mounting block
18. get on.

When finished.
1. Get off
2. pat him for being good
3. do stirrups up
4. loosen girth
5. loosen nose band strap on bridle
6. take reins over head and walk to where he was tied up inside.
7. take bridle off
8. put halter on
9. take girth off
10. take saddle off
11. take saddle clothes off
12. picks hooves
13. take him outside to be hosed off
14. when finished scrape him off
15. use Jet setting on hose to clean the top of his hooves
16. walk him back inside and tie him up
17. put rugs on
18. put him in his stable with his feed for the night.
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post #3 of 22 Old 06-25-2008, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Haha, totally forgot about the riding clothes.

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post #4 of 22 Old 06-26-2008, 01:26 AM
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Well mine is not so complicated and long.

Before i ride: and this is on tuesday lessons
-catch the horse
-i make sure i brush the horse good, i do an all body brush down.. and i also make sure nothin is botherin her.
-clean hooves
-pad, then saddle
-bridle up
oh and mount, then done

After ride:
-saddle off
-pad off
-put halter around neck
-bridle off and halter on
-umm if the horse is really sweaty we will poor some water on them.. then thats about it

then i talk abit and go home

thats about it

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post #5 of 22 Old 06-26-2008, 02:02 AM
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Mine is simple too..lol

-Catch the horse
-Tie in Barn
-Brush Down
-Clean Hooves
-Saddle Pad

When I'm done

-Saddle and Pad off first
-Bridle off, Halter on,
-Dry off Sweat
-Quick Brush

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post #6 of 22 Old 06-26-2008, 08:56 AM
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catch horse...kiss horse
brush horse...kiss horse
saddle horse...kiss horse
bridle horse...kiss horse
ride horse...kiss horse
pull saddle off...kiss horse
pull bridle off...kiss horse...
let horse roam freely around yard... (they love it - that grass tastes better somehow)....

put horse away 30 minutes later....after kisses...
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post #7 of 22 Old 06-26-2008, 10:58 AM
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Mine is about the same as farmpony...with less kisses...lol

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post #8 of 22 Old 06-26-2008, 12:01 PM
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What I wear to ride (for schooling or lessons):
-Jeans/riding breeches, helmet, shirt, & tall riding boots.

Before riding:
-Catch horse from the pasture & put on halter.
-Groom, & pick out hooves, also checking for anything unusual (like bumps & stuff).
-Put saddlepad on, & saddle.
-Tighten girth. (& then I tighten it before I get on of course!).
-Unhook cross-ties, take off halter.
-Put bridle on.
-Go into the arena or wherever I'm riding, lol.

After riding:
-Loosen up the girth a bit.
-Take off bridle.
-Put halter on & cross-tie.
-Take off saddle & saddlepad.
-Brush the horse off (rinse/sponge if necessary).
-Give the horse water if needed & also walk around if needed.
-Put the horse back in turn out.
-Take off helmet, brush off boots, & get in the car! OR talk a bit lol.

*Of course there are lots of praising, hugging & kissing mixed in there, LOL! *

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post #9 of 22 Old 06-26-2008, 04:53 PM
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My Apparel:
Full Seat Breeches or Jeans (depends if I'm training or trailing)
Either my paddock boots or my Western boots... I usually use my western boots for goofing around the barn and my paddock boots for real riding.
T-Shirt with a Tank Top underneath (it gets hot!)

Before Riding:
1) Grab horse treats.
2) Grab a mounting block and set it up outside.
3) Gather my tack, brushes and set up my bareback pad, underpad and bridle on a sawhorse.
4) Halter Lucky and hitch him up.
5) Brush him. I usually start on the left side, which is his mane side, so I have to flip his mane, brush his neck then the shoulder, working down each leg and around and then I flip his mane back and brush his neck on the opposite side.
6) Grab Mane N Tail, a stiff bristled brush and a human hair brush, condition his mane and tail (extra on the tail) then give his mane a good brushing with the stiff brush, condition again, then brush his tail, condition again, then brush his mane with the human hair brush, then his tail. He's always a mess.
7) Pick his feet.
8 ) Set my cinch on hole number 5 so I'm ready to go on the off side.
9) Let him sniff the pad, then swing my pad on and my bareback pad over top, cinch up to the first hole, its usually hanging about 2 inches from his belly.
10) I pull the pad way up on his neck and slide down to smooth the hairs.
11) Pull the cinch up to the 3rd hole so its actually snugged.
12) Pull his mane out from under the pad.
13) Collect my bridle, I slide the reins over his neck, and let him investigate the bridle, he usually bites the crown piece and tosses it around a little.
14) Remove his halter, and buckle it on his neck.
15) Offer him the bit, and slide it in.
16) Give him a cookie and loop the far ear first, then the near ear, and slide the crown piece back gently, fix his mane and all that.
17) Give him a good petting, take his halter off, and I pull the cinch up to the 5 hole.
18 ) Lead him to the block and mount!

After Riding:
1) Dismount!
2) Undo The Cinch to 1st hole.
3) Hitch him up.
4) Clip the halter around his neck.
5) Slide the crown piece off his hears, and ask him to "open" while I slide the bit out.
6) Give him a cookie.
7) Put the halter on all the way.
8 ) Uncinch and take his pads off.
9) Check sweat patterns, feel for soreness ect. I'm paranoid even without a saddle.
9) Brush him out real nice. Curry with a soft gelly scrubby if he's sweaty under his pad.. which he usually is.
10) Feel down his legs for any hotness and pick his feet.
11) Brush his mane and tail again real quick with the stiff bristled brush.
12) Tell him how good of a boy he was and prepare his good-boy-snack. Which is: 1/4lb of unsweet grain & alfalfa pellets mixed. I then put a nice healthy blurb of "Healthy Coat" supplement, which is apple flavored that he loves. It also makes him shiny. If he was really good, I'll slip a few of licorice bites in there too, he LOVES licorice.
13) Dump that in his grain bin for him.
14) Give him a few good pets, unhitch him let him into his stall where he gobbles at his grain happily.
15) When time allows it, I'll just spend time. I'll usually pull a bucket in and just watch him eat, he'll usually pick on me which includes: biting off my hat off and throwing it around, nuzzling me, sometimes relentlessly, until I pet him, staring at me with a mouthful, drinking out of his water bucket and giving me wet kisses, and breathing in my face.
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post #10 of 22 Old 06-26-2008, 06:16 PM
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mine sounds long and drawn out but really it only takes me 5 minutes to saddle
i wear-jeans, a tank top, and my boots,
before riding-
*catch him-say good morning
*swing on bareback and walk over to neighbors house(where i ride)
*tie him up in their barn
*sit and talk with my cousins before saddling for 15 minutes
*brush him, just where the saddle goes, and check for scratches or bumps
*grab saddle pad and bridle
*put saddle pad on hook bridle on the fence
*swing saddle on, front cinch, back cinch, breast collar
*put tie down on, then headstall
*lead to the arena
*get on

after riding-
*get off in random place in the arena
*take of headstall and unloosen the front cinch, take off back cinch and breast collar
*lead him into the barn
*put on his halter
*take off saddle, saddle pad and put them in the tack room w/bridle
*hose him off
*swing on and ride bareback home
thats it for me!

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