Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Maybe try to take your horse to a few clinics first. Most clinics have a show-like atmosphere, at least from the perspecrive of the horse - loud speakers, BBQr other food station, banners etc. You get the benefit of being able to school your horse in the arena full of other strange horses in a strange place.
As for the saddle thing, a horse in clean, workan-like equipment who is a great mover will beat an average mover in a silver-layden saddle. That being said, a little bling never hurt. Just a few engraved conchas and good quality tooled leather paired with a nicely coloured pad would do to start.
good luck, and I\d love to see pics of the new horse!
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork