It was only meant to be a quick, simple training session; a short groundwork session with my young horse, Dante, before I left the paddock for the day. I groomed him and, just as I was about to untie him and start some groundwork exercises, I decided to step it up a bit. I went and got the pony’s saddle. Dante had worn it once before and he’d worn a bareback pad many times. It had never been a problem - no bucking, no drama, just polite acceptance.