First - I bought my horse a new everything - saddle, bridle, brushes, everything - after all he is my first horse.
Being a big boy(16.2) I knew he needed big boy stuff so I bought a 17" all purpose saddle and bridle package.(comes with the belly strap, stir ups)
I bought him what I thought was the same bit they were previously using on him - a 5-1/2" egg snaffle.
I have no clue how to assemble to saddle or the bridle (it looked like spaghetti to me)- looked that up on youtube.
The bridle didnt fit his huge head - went to the tack shop and bought a new one - this one didnt fit either and the bit didnt fit either.
Took the bridle back and the bit - bought another - get it all together and try it on him - nope the bit is too big. Get a new belly strap 56" - four times to the tack shop this week for exchanges.
Chased him in the pasture for 45 minutes because he is the only gelding with 3 mares who are now in heat. I never have to chase him - he always comes to me when I call him. Today was a very unusual day. After I was attacked by the mares who thought I was a threat to "their man" and they got whipped for trying to bite me. I finally got him and he got a lecture all the way to the barn for not listening to me. (I am 5'5" - he is 16.2 and I and he are the only ones there - yes I was mad and it is funny)
Today, get the first bridle back out and try to assemble it again -with a 5-1/2 inch D ring - Bridle fits, get him saddled - the bit pinches his tongue on the way out the barn and he goes mucking nuts!!!! I swear I am never going to ride my horse!!!! Never!!! I feel like the worse person in the world. I should sell him and buy a scooter!!! I came home with the feeling of having my butt totally whipped today. My hubby looked at me and he is asking me if I give up yet and I never give up. Its been a month since I got him and I havent gotten to ride him yet as it has been one thing after another. This week has just been horrible. Any advice would be more than appreciated. I would even give my phone number if you want to call me.