Community Development Manager Megan Richards shows how to saddle a horse for riding on local bridle trails in Bridgetown-Greenbushes.
Megan first became interested in horses as a kid growing up in Perth but wasn’t able to have one.
When she moved to the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes 15 years ago, the first thing she did was buy a horse – and now she has five!
Through a joint initiative of the Warren Blackwood alliance of Councils comprising Nannup, Bridgetown-Greenbushes and Manjimup, a 320km bridle trail has been completed which follows the old stock routes of the farming families from the three Shires.
Megan says the main steps in saddling a horse are to :
• brush the horse down first,
• shake out the saddle blanket and put that on,
• throw the saddle over and do it up as tight as you can, and then
• lunge the horse to let the saddle fit.
Finally, you tighten up the saddle, put on the bridle, put on your helmet, and go for a ride.
“Next time you’re in the Warren Blackwood region, come and ride in the footsteps of the old farming families and try out our beautiful bridle trails,” Megan says.
For more information you can visit local visitors centres or go to the regional trail website www.totaltrails.com.au