Thats a very interesting take on Training that you have Cowpuncher! I had never heard of people doing that before, but it makes sense. Its not what I do when I train, but it is a very valid method =)
Personally, when I am training a horse, I spend the first year of their life (after they are separated from mom) bomb proofing them.. well not bomb proofing... more along the lines of getting them used to anything and everything. This is when i will hand walk them off the property and down the road to start expanding "home" to them. So when the time comes a few years later for trail riding, they wont be too barn sour. I also do all the basics which include, but are not limited to: picking up all four feet, bathing, teaching them to walk through water, blanketing, clipping (completely optional), loading into a trailer/riding in a trailer, trail course obstacles (walking over poles, weaving cones, walking over little bridges, etc). And then i sack them out. This is always fun for me. The horses that live around the round pen hate it though. This is when i do things to the horse that i believe will make them uncomfortable. I have many sessions that i do, and i only introduce one new item a day. Some of the things I do are: Throwing an empty feed sack over their back/rubbing it on their body, throwing a soccer ball around, riding a bicycle around the pen, making them walk over a tarp, walk through an archway with ribbons hanging down from it, etc.. stupid little things that a horse shouldnt have to deal with, but may come in handy down the line. Since i lived in the city, allot of this came in handy. When i was out on trail rides, ive seen kids throwing balls, jump roping, and doing other things that should spook a horse.
When the horse turns two, i start the fun stuff. Saddling. Usually, saddle breaking goes in this order for me (each point is done on a different day): I put an older heavy western saddle on the horse's back but do not cinch it. Put a bareback pad on the horse's back and cinch it. Put the western saddle back on the horse and cinch it. This alone takes a while. Then, we start working more: Put a bridle on the horse. Put a bridle on the horse and ground drive. Put a saddle on the horse, and a bridle on the horse, and ground drive. I pretty much continue this work, along with some things that i taught them when they were younger (sacking out, walking them off the property, etc).
Finally, when the horse turns three, i begin riding. I start by teaching the horse to simply stand by the mounting block. Then, once they are comfortable standing there, lean on the saddle. Then get on the saddle. By this time, the horse will be ready to be green broke (i consider a green broke horse a horse that can be walked, trotted, or cantered SAFELY. A green broke horse is like the foundation that is laid for the house. Once the foundation is laid you can build any kind of house.. a log cabin, a victorian, a mansion, etc. I green break all the horses the same, so the owner can put whatever discipline they wish on it.
That was long winded, i hope i didnt bore o_o!