I am explaining the training I have done and what I am going to do. First of all, you can say that I will not be able to break Breeze myself, but I am and will. I will have help with a trainer, but I will be the only one who is getting on her back for a while.
Anyways, yesterday I put the bareback pad on my 2 year old. Did she freak out? No she didn't. I tightened the girth so the pad would stay put, I took it off, and back on, I did not hold Breeze back, I dropped the lead rope and she stood there. I put the bareback pad on and took it off on both sides of her, rubbed it all over, moved it over her butt, and up her neck a little. I made the sturrips bump against her side and she stood their.
She had no problem with it being on her back, or around her belly, as tight as a saddle would be.
Other training I have done is this:
-lunge her, walking, trotting, stop.
-desensitizing to ropes, whips, farm equipment, balls, etc.
-halter train and leading
-standing still while tied
-working on ground tying
-much more..pm me if you would like to know.
I am the one who halter broke her, and trained her to lead. I got Breeze as a wild yearling and she is about to turn 2 in 2013.