Tacking up, or getting your horse ready, has many parts. Up first: The widely recognized saddle! Your saddle must fit your horse like fitted clothes, otherwise it will slip off of the side of your horse, and you will slip with it. Lie it flat on the horse and reach down for the girth strap, or strap that fastens it to the horse. Buckle it tenderly under your horse's elbows. Checking to see that it's not pinching your horse is always important. Adjust the stirrups, or the thing that your feet slide into to help you hold on, so that they dangle an arm’s length away from the saddle. Your saddle, complete with a saddle cloth under it (to rub against the horse to absorb sweat) is complete! The bridle, or leather object often seen on a horse's head connected to reins, is as important as the saddle,even more so! It goes on the horse's head, worn like clothes. The bit, metal part that goes into the horse's mouth, attaches the reins to the bridle as well.
Horses are interesting and fun to ride. To stay safe, the saddle, bridle, and reins are almost always needed.
This is my paragraph of fun facts! Things that I learned while researching for this book:)
Probably the first known species of modern wild horse is the Wild Tarpan. Now extinct, these creatures lived in Europe.
Surprisingly, the first known domesticated horse was about 5,500 years ago. Talk about old friends!
The first known horse race was in France. Who will cross the finish line first?
One of the reasons that people breed horses is that if they know what they are doing, they can breed talented and hand-picked horses.
Had you wondered about the care of horses, what “tacking up” meant, and if horses evolved? Here, you learned your answers. Here, you travelled to a world where you cared for your own horse, put on a saddle and a bridle, and watched Equidae, or the horse family, evolve from Eohippus to the modern-day horse. I think that every person should learn these things about horses.
1. Equestrian Sports, Joe Herran and Ron Thomas
2. Horseback Riding in Action, Kate Calder
3. Horses, Lynn M. Stone
4. Natures Children, Martin Harbury
5. Riding, Lucinda Green
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