I have just purchased a horse that is 3.5 years old. He has some training, I've done some basic ground work and clinton anderson methods on headshyness. He learns really fast. He has been ridden before, however, not with a saddle. Whats the best way to start him getting used to being ridden under saddle versus bareback? I was thinking of starting with some lunging this week and putting the saddle on, already trained him to accept the saddle pad, he doesn't care about that anymore. I am thinking it won't take long to get him use to the saddle and then just get on since he has already been ridden a year. I don't want to undo any confidence I have given him though so is that too fast? Please advise. Thanks so much.
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