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Mounting your Safety Rider

  1. The two people mounting the Ardall Safety Rider should position themselves beside the horse, fitting2.jpgtaking 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 Safety Rider.

  2. The second person then slowly introduces the Safety Rider to the horse (picture 1), gently moving it up and down its back before placing it onto the saddle (picture 2).

  3. When the Safety Rider is on the saddle, 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 Safety Rider (which has been positioned correctly on the saddle) to the girth with the straps that hang down on either side of the Safety Rider, 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 Safety Rider stays in position and will prevent chaffing/ pinching the horse.

  4. When applying the Safety Rider 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 Safety Rider (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 Safety Rider.
    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 Safety Rider-girth are fully secured and the Ardall correctly fitted before proceeding to work the horse.