Your last comment is hilarious boots. Probably unfair, but it got on my nerves how she kept going on about how Harley loves her so much even though it's only been three lessons (he loves everyone who loves him) and how ALL horses are in love with her.
Honestly, I had no idea that 1 - I was going to start such a controversial thread by posting something as simple as I did, and 2 - there were so many ways to untack a horse!!!
Woodhaven - you do it like I think it's safest to do. Oddly, she agrees with putting the saddle on first, then the bridle when tacking up, but thinks we should do it in a different order when un-tacking which also seems inconsistent to me. And other than what you mention about my daughter having her arm through the rein, holding a saddle, girth, and saddle pads and the risk of the horse dragging her if it decides to take off or gets spooked by some freak crow flying into the barn (could happen!), here's the scenario I envision: she is awkwardly trying to get the saddle over to where it should be, takes it off on the wrong side, accidentally pulling on the horse who is now totally confused and she's all tangled up trying to walk around the horse to get the saddle on a rack. Harley is sweet and patient, and might put up with it, but seriously, why make it so difficult? As tinyliney says, I'm all for easy! She's only 10, it needs to be simple. Just secure him and then remove the saddle! I understand that it might be different if you have a special untacking area, or if you are in a pasture, paddock, arena or trail, but this is inside of a barn where we always use cross-ties when grooming, tacking, etc. Harley is trained for cross-ties and will stand still (mostly) when on them. On the other hand, if he is just wearing his bridle, he may decide to keep going.
Your reactions have certainly been interesting!