How to Groom & Saddle a Horse before Riding

Series Summary

Man has enjoyed a special relationship with one particular animal on this planet for a long time. Horses have carried us into battle, fierce and unafraid. They have pulled our plows and buggies, and carried our loads. They’ve helped us travel long distances. They’ve been essential in herding and driving our cattle. And the police still use them for crowd control situations in urban environments. Without a doubt, horses have proven to be well-adapted for human life, expressing qualities of loyalty and bravery, responding to commands, and usually having a calm, docile demeanor.

All horses need some sort of training with a human rider. Especially in horseback riding, the relationship between horse and rider must be cultivated over time and with the proper techniques and equipment. In these free horseback riding lessons on video, learn what you need to do before you ride a horse. Our expert will discuss tips on catching your horse, grooming before your ride, and then how to bridle and saddle your horse properly. When first riding, expect to be sore in places you never knew you could be. It’s well worth it, though, to learn the fine equestrian arts; and soon you will enter a world of riding adventure.

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