One of the things that I absolutely love about the horses that we have is that you can grab a bridle, brush off some of the dirt and just hop on, in the pasture, in the ring, on the trails. I tend to ride bareback more than with a saddle, especially when it's cold out. T and I got to ride both Saturday and Sunday which was awesome. Saddles were definitely optional. The new QH gelding is about as quiet as you can get and totally doesn't mind tooling around with no saddle.