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Lou-c

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Hi I’m a disabled rider with cerebral palsy is there an easy way to tack a horse up with one hand I want to get my own eventually but feel this is holding me back
 

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I'm not sure you could do it totally one handed, but if you could use the other hand for support it may be possible. Things like a grab strap on the front of the saddle may make lifting it possible and a synthetic saddle would be much lighter if you can find one to fit. A bridle would be tricky, I'm not sure how you'd hold it in place while you put ears through - maybe one with no browband would be possible if the horse was co-operative, if it doesn't open it's mouth to take the bit then I think you're stuck.

Sorry, not a lot of help but I didn't want to leave you with no replies.
 
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Hi and welcome.
Do you have any Riding for Disabled stables near you. It might be worth contacting them and going along to see if they have facilities in place for the disabled riders. I know most staff are able bodied voluteers who tack up but someone maybe able to advise on equipment to help riders.
Im wondering if theres any kind of para/disabled (not sure what the wording is) riding websites or facebook groups you could look at.
 

Lou-c

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I'm not sure you could do it totally one handed, but if you could use the other hand for support it may be possible. Things like a grab strap on the front of the saddle may make lifting it possible and a synthetic saddle would be much lighter if you can find one to fit. A bridle would be tricky, I'm not sure how you'd hold it in place while you put ears through - maybe one with no browband would be possible if the horse was co-operative, if it doesn't open it's mouth to take the bit then I think you're stuck.

Sorry, not a lot of help but I didn't want to leave you with no replies.
no that’s a lot of help I can use my left for support just not for much to be honest thank you very much
 
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Lou-c

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Hi and welcome.
Do you have any Riding for Disabled stables near you. It might be worth contacting them and going along to see if they have facilities in place for the disabled riders. I know most staff are able bodied voluteers who tack up but someone maybe able to advise on equipment to help riders.
Im wondering if theres any kind of para/disabled (not sure what the wording is) riding websites or facebook groups you could look at.
hi I’m in a disabled riding school but they don’t let you tack up as they are not insured apparently il check face book out for equipment so far the only thing I’ve found is reins thank you for your help
 

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Welcome to NR :) some good ideas already, I'd maybe also email some para riders, see if they can help you. If you don't have any luck I have a friend who lost both his legs in an accident, he's an ex-servicemen and works with BLESMA a lot and helps many ex-servicemen who have been injured in combat learn to ride, I could ask him if he knows anyone or has any tips. He did introduce me to the lady from the Lloyd's bank advert last year and I know she does everything herself.
 

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This is a specialist question for RDA. You need people who know work rounds and what you need.
It also depends how steady you are on your feet. If you cant reach to put a saddle on a tall horse, whether or not it is safe to stand on a mounting block to lift the saddle on. I am old and decided it was not sensible for me.
 
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Welcome! My only suggestion for the saddling would be, don't go for a tall horse! I know that sounds simplistic, but swinging a saddle onto a 16hh, one handed, would be far harder than onto a 13/14hh. Good luck with your search for answers!
 
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Hi! I have a disability too and I think it is possible to find ways around many difficulties. I am very clumsy with my right hand and for me to be able to tack up my share horse we had to find a bridle with bigger buckles and I make sure it is well oiled, so the buckles will be easy to open and close. I also taught the horse to keep his head down to make it easier for me to put the bit in. For me it is usually a mix of some adaptive equipment plus training the horse. For example it makes it a lot less difficult if you know the horse will stand perfectly still while you swing on the saddle. So many horses tend to fidget or take a step away while being saddled and their able bodied owners don't seem to mind. That makes it difficult for me to saddle a horse I don't know. If it is a horse I ride regularly, I will take the time to work on these things so I can be independent. So while I do think it is possible to tack up a horse using only one hand, I think it will require lots of practise for you and the horse and you will have to be prepared to try different Things until you figure out the best way to do it. But for a start there are probably some parts of the process you could do right away on almost any horse. You could even ask to practise some steps without a horse first, like try to swing a saddle up on a fence instead of a real horse or open and close the buckles on a bridle.
 
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I have a physical disability . What really helped me is that my horse is trained to lower her head to do the bridle and will stand when saddling . I think the key to doing it is to have a quiet horse . Could the yard teach your parents to tack up so they could help you if you needed it.