There's been a lot of press coverage given to the amazing win by California Chrome in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup (the world's richest race) at the Dubai World Cup meeting on March 26, 2016.
Not just because it was a great race but especially because of the "wardrobe malfunction" you can see in the above photo. The girth slipped way back and jockey Victor Espinoza did a fantastic job to stay cool and balanced while urging his mount to the wire.
This story is a great example of the importance of the following tips for all riders:
Finally, if your girth does start to slip (and assuming you're not racing for the Dubai World Cup), halt your horse, dismount, reset your saddle and girth up securely.
You and your horse will benefit from this simple saddling routine every time you ride:
Share your tips and tales in the comments below.
PS: I like to stretch each foreleg and my horses seem to appreciate it. Comment below if you do or don't.
Take care out there.
Joanne Verikios - International Award-Winning Author
Joanne is an Australian writer, speaker and blogger. She has helped people from all walks of life to develop a champion mindset, communicate better with their horses and reach their full potential. Through first-hand experience, Joanne understands the challenges experienced by equestrians. She also draws on her extensive experience in leadership roles to assist with personal development and spiritual growth.