If you are going for a trainer:
Watch them work with a few horses and see how they do their techniques and see if you like the way they do things. They should know what they are doing, the horses should listen to them pretty well, the trainer should be kind, etc.
Training a horse to ride and be safe to work with can take from a few weeks to a few years. (I'm actually not entirely sure how long it takes, but I know it doesn't all happen in a few weeks or months, hehe.)
We have always taught our horses ourselves - so I am just saying what I would look for in a trainer if I were to send on out. I want to be a train myself, so I am also just saying what a trainer should be like.
Getting them used to tack....
This just takes time. You can get your horse used to being around it in one day, but then you come back the next and you will have to start all over again because the horse will act like he never saw it before. If you are getting your horse used to a saddle pad to begin with, then just bring it out to where you will be working the horse and work around it, circling your horse close to it, but pay no attention to it. When he gets used to that, pick it up and let him sniff it and gently rub it on his nose to let him know it's not scary. Then rub it on his neck gently and slowly work your way all over his body. If he moves away from it, keep rubbing it on him until he stops. When he stops moving, so do you. Just do this on both sides of the horse - because the horse has two brains, so one side may be perfect, but the other could be godzilla again.
With any object he is unsure of, do this with him.
I hoped this helped a little bit. But training and such is unpredictable with the time it will take. Some horses may be a month and other may be two years. (Although I wouldn't think so)
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