(1.) Loosen the girth or cinch as soon as you get off.
(2.) Cool down: If you and the horse have been working hard walk until the horse's respiration and pulse return close to normal values. Generally the horse is cooled down if he no longer puffing.
(3.) Run the stirrup up: On an English saddle run the stirrups up the leathers. The stirrups hang from a long loop. Draw the stirrup up the back strap of the loop. Now take the bottom of the loop and pull it through the stirrup.
(4.) Work in a safe place: Take the horse to where you groomed and tacked up (put the saddle and bridle on). Unbridle the horse and put on its halter. Never tie a horse by the bridle.
(5.) Undo the cinch or girth: With the horse safetly tied undo the girth or cinch. Walk around the horse to the offside and put the girth or cinch up over the seat of the saddle. You may choose to take the girth or cinch off completely, especially if it is wet and dirty.
(6.) Take off the saddle: It's traditional to work from the nearside but you could take the saddle off from either side. Just be sure to lift it high enough not to hit the horse's back.
(7.) Remove the pad or blanket: Again it's traditional to work on the nearside, but from which ever side, pull off the pad. This is a good time to check if the blanket or pads need laundering. Most can be thrown in the washing machine (follow manufactor's instructions) and a dirty blanket built up sweat, dirt and hair could cause chaffing. Clean the fabric also last longer.
(8.) Remove saddle marks: If the weather is warm, clean way sweatly dirty saddle marks on the horse's back with a damp sponge. If the weather is cold , do your best with toweling to clean and dry the horse's back. The horse's face may need cleaning too, especially around the mouth and over the poll. Finish off by brushing the hair flat.
(9.) Check hooves: Even though you cleaned hooves before riding do another cleaning to make sure the hors hasn't picked up any rocks.
(10.) Lead the horse to its stall or pasture: Lead the horse and put it in its stall or pasture. Take the halters off as it know of horses that have become entangled in gate latches or put their foot through the halter when scratching their ears with a hind foot. Make sure the horse is well cooled out before feeding concentrates. Wait about an hour after the ride.