The following steps describe how you should take a rug off your horse or pony:
- Tie up the horse.
- Crossed surcingles should be unfastened and loosely knotted. If it has hind-leg straps, they should each be unfastened and fastened again on the outside, to prevent the straps and fastenings knocking against you or the horse.
- Unfasten the breast-buckle of the rug using both hands, fold back the front portion of the rug (and blanket, if used) over the top of the back portion.
- With your left hand on the centre-front and your right hand on the centre-back, remove the clothing in one gentle backward sweep, following the lay of the horse’s coat.
- Alternatively, rugs may be taken off one at a time in the above manner and either folded up immediately or placed temporarily over the door.