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Mounting your Ardall SR2

fittingsr2-2.jpgFirstly, before placing your Ardall SR2 on the saddle, you must adjust the regulating straps to ensure that the top half of the torso is folded back behind the lower part before fitting on the horse’s back (picture 1). The Ardall SR2 has a built in lock system in the base to keep the top part of the torso secure, whether in the upright or folded position. We advise fitting the Ardall SR2 in the folded position during the initial training stages of the horse, as the resultant smaller size will be even easier to handle, whilst also being less intrusive to the horse. To fold the Ardall SR2 back, firstly loosen the rope out of the lock system by firmly lifting the rope upwards to the top and pulling it out with your right hand and with the left hand pull the rope up that is running vertically to the torso. Secondly, loosen the side release buckles on the top half of the torso, fold the top half of the torso behind the bottom half and then take the holding strap around to the other side release buckle, clip it in and pull until it is tight to secure the torso in the folded position. Finally, after securing the clips take a light hold of the rope and with your right hand pull it down and out until you feel the rope has locked. To check that the rope has locked, simply pull the rope running vertically to the torso up to ensure that it has been secured.
To release the rope from the lock system, simply take the rope upwards to the top and pull out.

  1. The two people mounting the Ardall SR2 should position themselves beside the horse, taking the necessary precautions in the process. The first person must ensure that the horse remains calm and is in the right position to receive the Ardall SR2.
  2. The second person then slowly introduces the Ardall SR2 to the horse, gently moving it up and down its back before placing it onto the saddle.
  3. When the Ardall SR2 is on the saddle (picture 2), the first person should pass the non-elasticated girth through underneath the horse to the second person (picture 3). The second person then buckles the Ardall SR2 (which has been positioned correctly on the saddle) to the girth with the straps that hang down on either side of the Ardall SR2, ensuring that it is straight and secure and keeping the stirrup strap in front of the first girth strap (picture 4).
    N.B. It is important that the non-elasticated girth is positioned exactly over the saddle girth. This will ensure that the Ardall SR2 stays in position and will prevent chaffing/ pinching the horse.
  4. When applying the Ardall boots, firstly ensure that you position the straps in behind the two girths before fitting the Boots and always remember to keep the buckle of the straps at the back of the girth (picture 5).
    The Boots can be fitted empty to simply accustom the horse to the feeling of having a rider’s legs on their sides, or weighted with sand (see next section). The extra weight provided by the weighted Boots helps to accustom the young horse to the greater weight of carrying a rider, whilst being light enough for the rehabilitation and training of performance horses and ponies.
    There are two leg weights, a left and a right, in the form of boots. To attach, simply clip the weight onto the stainless steel ring turret on each side of the base of the Ardall SR2 (picture 6). Make sure that the boot part of the weight is resting on the stirrup to ensure even weight distribution and to prevent unnecessary movement which could scare the horse, damage the saddle or damage your Ardall SR2.
    Secure the boot in place by fixing the leather strap around the boot and stirrup and ensure that the leather straps are tightly secured (picture 7).
  5. Double check that both the saddle-girth and the Ardall-girth are fully secured and the Ardall SR2 correctly fitted before proceeding to work the horse.

How to erect the top part of the torso of your Ardall SR2

  1. Loosen the side release buckle sufficiently to allow the torso to be brought upright and clip it back into the buckle. For safety purposes, do not leave the strap hanging loose.
  2. Run a lead rope through the loop on the Ardall SR2 and pull gently to bring the torso upright (picture 8).
  3. Once the top part of the torso is erect ensure that it is secured by pulling the rope into the lock system.
  4. If the horse will allow you, secure the front release buckles to give extra support to the locking system. However, the locking system is sufficiently strong to ensure the top half of the torso remains secure, should the horse be reluctant to remain still (picture 9).