It is important to carry out routine checks of your saddlery and tack, not only for the benefit of your horse’s comfort but also to ensure safe riding. If your saddlery or tack fails any of the checks below then have it repaired or replaced before you ride.
Checking the Saddle
- Check the saddle for any weakness or wear including cracking
- Check the tree of the saddle is in good shape by squeezing the sides of the saddle together, there should be no movement. If there is this indicates damage to the tree which could seriously damage the horse’s back.
- Check the girth straps under the saddle flap to ensure that all straps and stitching is secure
- Check the bars which hold the stirrup leathers to make sure they are secure
- Check the stirrup leathers for wear and cracking
Checking the Girth
- Check that all stictching around the girth buckles is secure and that the buckles themselves are not damaged or bent
- Check the girth for signs of wear and tear
Checking the Bridle
- Check all leather for any weakness, wear or cracking
- Check all stitching is secure
- Check all buckles to ensure they are secure and not bent
- Check the reins for weakness, wear or cracking and ensure stitching is secure
- Check the bit for any dirt or rough edges that may damage the horse’s mouth