There was a fun little competition going round on Facebook recently where you had to share the order you tack up for the chance to win. Now this got me thinking about the order I tack up and get myself ready. Now I’m pretty sure I don’t do it “correctly”.
When I was younger I vaguely remember being taught bridle and then saddle. And probably boots before either of these. And when you are doing it the BHS way, you have to have a riding hat on before all of this!
So what order do I tack up in?
Scottie lives in his overreach boots, so I guess these are technically first!
If we are jumping or hacking, I ride in a running martingale. This is because I have noticed over the years, that if Scottie is able to get his head up to a certain point, it’s like it cuts off the circulation to his brain and it can take a long time for him to calm down before we can try whatever the problem was again. So the martingale helps keeps him sensible so that we can solve problems before he loses the plot.
Next I put the saddle on. This is because he can be col backed so I like him to have his saddle on for as long as possible before I get on. I will only do the girth up loosely to start with, but I like to have it on him ready.
If I am jumping I will put brushing boots on and occasionally I will bandage for photos etc. I will do this after putting his saddle on.
My Boots and Hat
Next I put my hat on and if I’m not wearing suitable riding boots already I’ll pop my boots on and anything else I might need. (Hi Vis, gloves etc)
Finally I put Scottie’s bridle on. I make sure the martingale is all attached and tighten the girth and pull the stirrups down. And then we head to the mounting block.
In what order do you get ready?