i'd put his saddle on, walk him around in it, if he seems okay then lunge him - walk, trot and canter with his saddle on - so he can get any bucks / leaps out of the way when you're not on his back
if all goes well, i'd then get someone to hold him while you get on, but i'd get a leg up and just lean over his back to see if he does anything, then move about a bit on his back to see if he reacts - if not, get off and get a leg-up back on but sit on him properly this time. then i'd maybe get the person helping to lead him around in a circle - just incase, and if all seems okay just have a bit of a play on him to see how he reacts then get off and put him back in his stable / field
i'd be weary the first few times i get on, and the first few sessions id just get used to him / let him get used to you and then crack on with schooling - he should be okay, he's mentally & physically mature at that age, i'd just take your time at first to see how he reacts
Last edited by hollybee; 09-11-2009 at 08:07 AM.