Star wore the Western saddle with a back cinch for the first time this week and I was able to snap some before and after pictures with my phone.
You can see why it’s important to give a horse time at liberty to get used to the new sensations, even after you have introduced them to the saddle, played the Parelli Friendly Game with it, and they stand calmly with it on their backs.
At the end of the session she was walking and trotting around the arena without bucking. Hermoso wore the English saddle for the first time today. His session ended well too. Here they are together, as unconcerned as if they’ve worn saddles all their lives: