How many times have you heard this: "I'd like to show performance, but I can't afford those expensive saddles."
It's true that tack can be pricey, but there are a lot of set-ups that require very little in the way of tack. Here's one of them.I took these pictures a few days ago at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. This Belgian is working hard in the Souvenir Picture booth, and his only tack is a plain nylon stable halter.
At the bare minimum, this set up requires a standing horse (draft horses or ponies are best) and a "stall" of sorts, preferably with a sign. If you're a bit more ambitious, you could add a handler and "rider" doll.
Or... you can be really inventive and add a step ladder. After all, it's hard for such a little guy to climb up on such a big horse.
Which reminds me, I do have a ladder in my prop box... and a nice standing Belgian in my showstring! Hmmmm... I think I have a halter making session in my future!