I have the assistance of a wonderful trainer who has the patience of a saint. Since day 1 Topaz could be saddled, however if he even saw the bit he'd freak out. If you jingled it he would back up, if you brought it to his face he'd rear.
The trainer has gotten him to take the bit twice in the last month, both times it would take nearly a half hour. Yesterday I got it in about 10 minutes! I was glowing I was so happy! It's taken a lot of treat, love and practice to get him to let me bring the bit near his face. He's fine once it's in, it is the act of getting it on him that is emotionally terrifying for him.
Every day brings me closer to riding him!