First with a surcingle only. Then a surcingle and a saddle pad. Then a small lightweight saddle, usually a pony or kids western saddle. Then I'll go with whatever saddle I plan on training the horse in, usually my Endurance saddle.
For headgear, I start riding with a leather halter with reins clipped to the side, with some lunging or round pen work with a bit, usually a french link loose ring or egg butt. I'll only start riding with the bit once the horse is moving away from leg pressure and stopping with the halter easily.
Last edited by luvs2ride1979; 05-04-2010 at 11:26 PM.