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post #11 of 20 Old 07-05-2015, 01:28 AM
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At my old barn, the BO ran a large trail riding facility. During the busy days or even busy hours, she would leave saddles on the horses until they needed to be used again. However, she would loosen the girths up in between the rides.

I noticed no ill effects from doing this.
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Thanks guys, sorry saddle pad not blanket... my bad
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Yep, loosen the girth, but leaving the saddle on is generally fine. Only 'con' is if the horse isn't kept tied up.... or even occasionally if they are - rolling in the saddle's not real good for it, neither are other horse's toothmarks in it!

Can you imagine, in a string of 20 trail horses, having to unsaddle & saddle at lunch breaks?? Take up all the worker's lunch break! We used to saddle up all of them first thing in the morning & they'd stay saddled until the last customers were done.
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On a long trail ride, I always leave my horse saddled for at least half an hour, after we get back to camp, just loosening the cinch.
This will actually help prevent any hot spots, and have a horse cool out more evenly
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Here is some info on cooling a horse out in winter, far as removing that saddle, and I think it applies to summer also

Cooling Out Horses in Winter | EQUUS Magazine
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post #16 of 20 Old 07-05-2015, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by JCnGrace View Post
Another point is unsaddling them as soon as you get to the barn causing the horse to become a little barn sour. Home or at camp I usually leave them tied and saddled for 15 - 30 minutes while I piddle around.
Not a bad tip.

And if it is chilly/cold out, and my horse has worked hard, I will leave the saddle on for about that length of time when we get back after I loosen the girth, to let the muscles cool at a slower rate.
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Originally Posted by JCnGrace View Post
When trail riding if we just come back to camp for a quick lunch (an hour or less) I see nothing wrong with leaving them saddled and it's never caused an issue. If you are turning them loose in the stall with a saddle on it could be an issue for your saddle. Scratches on it would be the minimum and the worst would be if they tried to roll with it on and broke the tree.

Another point is unsaddling them as soon as you get to the barn causing the horse to become a little barn sour. Home or at camp I usually leave them tied and saddled for 15 - 30 minutes while I piddle around.
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Oomph. Well, I don't like the idea, but as long as they are tied and not being left too long I suppose it's okay, but now running around in the pasture like that is another thing, because if the horse rolled with it on he could hurt his back. I still wouldn't leave it on but... I guess it's okay. I have left my horse with one on briefly to go check the time but that is about it. LOL

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I used to saddle up at the start of the day for a show or pony club and leave my horse saddled all day (loosening the girth if I wasn't riding) until after the last ridden lesson (or class) was over. Saved time, didn't bother the horse, I would only unsaddle to switch saddles if needed. But that's because I'm mainly interested in eventing and showjumping, so I need two different saddles, a dressage and a jumping saddle. So if I had a flat lesson, then a break, then a jumping lesson, I'd swap saddles during the break. If I didn't have a break I'd saddle up with the jumping saddle and just flat in that.

At particularly busy shows I'll eat on horseback (carefully, so as not to get food on my show clothes).

My horses are usually very fit by the time it comes time for showing though so it doesn't bother them to have a rider on for 6 to 8 hours straight.

Edit; the above is only relevant to the 'leaving saddles on' question, and has absolutely zip to do with trail riding. However, one of my horses would willingly go all day on trail rides, and usually still had enough in the tank when we got home for more work.

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Originally Posted by mugsy44875 View Post
I wasn't sure where to post this as i'm not new to horses but wanted advice. I help a lady with trail rides, only 5 horses, and she would prefer i leave the saddle and blanket on during the summer after my first rides between my hour break and when I do another ride after. Is there any cons to leaving a horse sweaty with his saddle and blanket still on to dry/cool off for an hour than using him again when its hot outside? I would prefer to unsaddle and brush or sponge down and tack again after lunch but she wants to save me time by leaving all that on. They are in stalls while i'm on lunch. What's your guys opinion?
A horse is perfectly fine to be saddled and tied ALL DAY. Many working horses do this day in and day out. Just make sure to give them plenty of water, and if they are going to be there all day, a hay bag in front of them.
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