I press my body into his as I rub the bag on him. Say I am rubbing the bag down his back then I will pet his neck with the other hand. And I never put the bag on him until he has checked it out first. I don't move it at all until he is okay with it. Ie doesnt move or flinch when he sniffs it. My neighbours went to a show where they trained new foals with this method and the foals were rideable in just four hours. (One hour a day for four days) Mind you these people doing the training were very advanced and knew just how to react to the horses reactions but but that's still amazing! So I been trying it out and it seems Shooter is coming around. He is less paniky now and after a full week of time with him he is leaving gates better and isnt so hot tempered when I am working with him. He still wont let me saddle him but I have been bringing the saddle out every day and just putting it ona tarp in the middle of the corral. We walk by it and around it but I never go near it. I let him check it out if he wants and then carry on our routine. Is this a good way of getting him used to the saddle without it just being tossed on his back??