Selecting tack for adopted horse - no history
Hello, all: We've adopted a horse and mule and have been getting them in shape for the past year with farrier and vet visits. Built them a stable and things are going well. Great, mellow animals that I know were ridden years ago (they're both around 14 years old now) and were then left in the pasture. The horse had mild foundering and will be ready to ride (according to the vet & farrier) this summer.
My question for you all: We have no idea what the "tack history" is for the horse. I need to get a bridle, bit, reins etc. Are there basic sets that would be a good, gentle re-introduction for the horse? (The riding will be gentle pasture stuff - western saddle.)
I know there are some excellent threads on here that I will investigate, but I'm hoping there is some kind of good standard set for recreational riding.
Thank you all for any help!