And also this is to make this clear for everyone:
I am watching Golley very closely and watching for any signs of pain, discomfort, etc.
I never ride him if his weight looks bad, he isn't being "Golley", or his movement is different. If he looks great in every way - weight, communication, movement, overall body health, then I will ride him for a few minutes. But I only ride him bareback - I don't want to cause any pain or discomfort by putting the saddle on him, and I don't ride him in a bit. S when we ride - it is bareback and in a halter. While I ride I make sure he is still moving good, he doesn't show any pain or anything. I am very careful with my horses and love them so much. We don't ride Golley often - mainly we exercise him on ground and groom him and love on him.
At fair this year my friend is only doing on ground showmanship and leading golley through the trail course - she is not riding him at all. That is good for Golley too, because my friend doesn't understand why she can't ride saddle or why we are mainly working on showmanship and not riding. I have tried explaining it to her but she does not listen or anything.
Also, this is Golley's last year for showing, traveling, and long and hard rides. After fair Golley will be a retired horse and he will be the happiest horse out there because he will get to go on walks, get treats, and get nice massages while being groomed!!
🔫 Don't Tread On Me 🐍