Getting Betty ready.There's a lot do before hopping on a horse. Chloe and Betty will show you the ropes.
Betty needs grooming from her ears to her hooves. While Chloe grooms her, she will be on the lookout for in search of; looking for.
See also: Lookout injuries or other problems.
Chloe rubs Betty's coat in circles with a curry comb to loosen the scruff--dirt and dried sweat. Then she brushes the scruff off with a dandy brush. Betty loves to take dirt baths, so there's often a lot of scruff. It makes Chloe sneeze sneeze, involuntary violent expiration of air through the nose and mouth. It results from stimulation of the nervous system in the nose, causing sudden contraction of the muscles of expiration. .
Horses have sensitive ears, so Chloe uses a soft brush to clean them. She bends them forward gently.
The last job before saddling up is cleaning Betty's hooves. Chloe faces Betty's hindquarters and holds the lower part of her leg. Betty lifts her hoof hoof, horny epidermal casing at the end of the digits of an ungulate (hoofed) mammal. In the even-toed ungulates, such as swine, deer, and cattle, the hoof is cloven; in the odd-toed ungulates, such as the horse and the rhinoceros, it is solid. .
Chloe holds the hoof in her hand. She uses a hoof pick to carefully scrape dirt from around the frog (the bottom of the hoof). The frog is the foot's cushion.
Saddling and mounting are always done from a horse's left side. The saddle blanket goes on first. It absorbs sweat and stops the saddle from rubbing against the horse's skin. Chloe checks to make sure it is hanging evenly on both sides.
Chloe sets the saddle gently on the blanket. She walks to Betty's right side and lets the right stirrup stirrup, foot support for the rider of a horse in mounting and while riding. It is a ring with a horizontal bar to receive the foot and is attached by a strap to the saddle. down. The stirrups stirrups The footholds in a lithotomy table are for the rider's feet. Chloe also lets down the cinch cinch
a saddle girth on an American stock saddle. Tightens with a knot on a ring instead of with straps and buckles. , which is a strap that goes underneath Betty and is fastened to the other side of the saddle.
The last step is to put on Betty's bridle. The bridle is a strap that holds the bit. The bit is a metal piece that goes in the horse's mouth to let the rider steer and move the horse safely.
In the practice corral corral
a small fenced-in enclosure with high, wooden fences, suitable for holding cattle or horses.
a management system in which range cattle are put into corrals and fed hay for a period when the environment is most , Chloe checks Betty's cinch and tightens it a little more. Then Chloe puts her left foot in the stirrup and pulls herself up. It's a long way to the ground, but Chloe trusts Betty. And after all the care Chloe has given Betty, she knows that this horse trusts her, too.
Riding is fun, but the work isn't done when the lesson ends. After unsaddling and grooming Betty again, Chloe walks her to the "turning out" field. Then Chloe returns to the barn to shovel and sweep the stable floor. Now everything is clean and tidy for the next rider.