I only present the saddle to my horse to be like hey im putting this on your back now... rather then just hauling it up there with out warning.... I want her to know exactly what going on her. I like to interact with my horse instead of having her just stand there like a bump on a log while I do all these things to her! She loves it as well, she will touch and sniff and try and mouth everything and idc because its her exploring and seeing whats what. See if she was being mean and pushing me around or using her teeth all of it would be stopped right then but shees very careful with what she does.
Do you know how many horses I've seen when given the chance to smell and see and touch teh saddle are AFRAID of it.. and even though they have had it put on there back for who knows how many years! Its sad.