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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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Huggy

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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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