If he didn't like the saddle would you ride bareback? What if you had a child that hated shots, would they be immunized? You have to do what is best for those that you are responsible for even if they don't like it. I'm sure all of my geldings would have rather skipped the trip to the vet that saw them gelded but it was much better for them in the long run.
Even if you don't have shoes put on, your horse still needs to have good hoof trimming in order to stay healthy and sound.
There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill