Thanks, I will try the bit without reins. I started with basic ground manner review and then have worked on getting her used to having the saddle on. Worked with her in the round ring with and without saddle. My daughter in law is helping me....let her sit on first :). She's younger and bounces better. Really though, she didn't mind have the saddle and weight on her. I think she was jumped on bareback in the pasture at one time or another in her 16 years. She seems mostly confused on what to do once in the saddle. Patience seems to be key.