Even though riding without a saddle is possible, most riders prefer the safer and more comfortable seat in the saddle. Saddling and putting on the bridle are two key elements of horseback riding that every equestrian should be able to do well. There are different types of saddles but some important key techniques of saddling apply to every saddle. ReitTV.com explains the importance of cleaning the horse's back before saddling and where to place the saddle best. When the saddle is at its proper place, riding for horse and rider is more enjoyable. If the saddle is placed too high on the horse's neck or too far down the back the horse will suffer from rubbing spots and pain. Is the saddle closed too tight or too loose, the horse might get bruises and the rider can slip off the horse's back.