I've started my 2 year old under saddle..... I have done tons of ground work with him and have been on him bareback half a dozen times riding him around.
I've had the saddle on him about 8 times now. He's walked, trotted and cantered with it on 4 or 5 f those times and only really reacted the first time I had him canter. But he just rounded his back - not even a buck.
I've put my weight in the stirrups and layed across the saddle and have had it cinched up as much as I would if I was riding.
Just wondering when you guys would start putting your good saddles on your young horses. I am using a really old saddle that I just don't feel very good riding in.
Do you think I've had the saddle on enough to trust the horse with a good saddle? How long do you usually wait. This horse is better then most broke horses with the saddle and tacking up etc..... Should I be waiting for him to freak out or is it just toon soon?