Indian is just about the brokest horse in the world, although he is now getting a little old, and we all know how old horses get. I don't think he would have any problem with me throwing an english saddle on him and going around for an easy ride.
However, the horse I will mainly be doing it on(High Five) is broke, but still for an intermediate rider. He used to be a cutting horse, so he has never seen an English saddle in his life. I myself am a bit of a beginner at English, but I believe that I am far enough along that I can handle some stuff he might put my way. I have been riding him Western and sometimes bareback for a few years now.
So, my question is, what should I do the very first time I go to put the English saddle on him. He has never had a bareback pad on, so I don't know if he would be used to the feel of the saddle or not. Also, I am quite certain it fits, because I measured him and measured the saddle that I was going to put on him.
What should I do? Just sit it on him without cinching him up, or should I go ahead and cinch him up, and just walk him around with it on? Or, should I cinch him up and lunge him(which I have never done by the way, but my uncle could do it for me)?
Also, could I possibly get on him after I lunged, or let him get used to it, the first time I put the English saddle on him?
Ok. I wrote a novel, and confused myself because I was a little redundant. If you can make any sense out of this post please help. Hehe