Even though Cowboy is only a year and a half old therefore too young to ride, we decided to introduce him to the saddle. He did really well! The only time he moved at all is when the saddle was cinched up and then he only took one side step.
We decided to let Jared hop on his horse and sit for a few minutes. After all, he only weighs 60 lbs. What could be the harm? We knew Cowboy wouldn't care and he didn't.
Our trainer said we wouldn't have to "saddle break" him if we followed the Clinton Anderson method. I guess he was right. It's amazing what natural horsemanship training will do for any horse but especially a young one! We may only buy yearlings from now on. It won't be long before Jared is ready to "Cowboy Up" and ride his own horse. And this was a great start.