For an update:
Golley is doing very well! We have put therapeutic shoes on him for his arthritis. They are shoes that have a slight bend in the toe so it makes it easier for him to move his front legs more. They have been working very well!
We also have him on Cool Calorie 100 and senior feed and those are helping very nicely with his weight. His weight is mostly back to normal and his health is great.
The vet said that if we think he looks good and his legs and body move nicely during his on-ground exercises, then we can ride him for a little bit, but to not overdo it.
So every now and then we ride him bareback for a few minutes, but we never go above a lope when we ride - we noticed during his exercises on ground, that when he loped he bobbed his head a lot. That is because he is just stiff though, and we should not worry.
Golley is showing his age, nothing more. He is not sick or anything and he eats and drinks just fine and sleeps fine as well.
FYI: This is what I had been saying before as well. I said the vet did come out and we are exercising him.
He is also getting supplements and better feed. As well as shoes. Thank you.
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Last edited by amberly; 08-16-2013 at 11:13 AM.