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    08-18-2013, 04:32 AM
Originally Posted by spirit88    

Whatever not our horse or our dicision if and when he should be riden.
So, just to keep things clear, (in GENERAL), we should ignore it when people are possibly hurting their horse, because its not our business?

if a person, in ignorance, is doing harm, is it not our responsibility as decent human beings, to step in, TRY to educate, and stop the suffering of another creature?
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    08-18-2013, 12:26 PM
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!!
    08-18-2013, 04:32 PM
Properly fitting saddles are better for a horses back than being bare back. They distribute your weight evenly over a larger area vs sitting directly on their spine in a small area
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    08-18-2013, 10:26 PM
True, but the saddle does add extra weight and hinder your communication with horse from your hips down.
    08-18-2013, 10:40 PM
Originally Posted by amberly    
True, but the saddle does add extra weight and hinder your communication with horse from your hips down.
You seriously beleive that? Well then I guess all of us who ride in saddles are just not communicating with our horses....
    08-18-2013, 11:13 PM
If you believe that you need a trainerand some lessons
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    08-18-2013, 11:24 PM
You must have misread my sentence..... Seems like you have been doing that in this thread quite a bit MsBHavin.

Saddles do not make it so you cannot communicate with your horse - but they can make it harder sometimes. Not all the time, as you seem to believe I had said - which I hadn't.

Everyone has their own opinions..
    08-18-2013, 11:28 PM
I think my point has come across and has been told about updates about my horse for the people who have the respect to read my posts and not judge.
Thank you for your consideration.
    08-18-2013, 11:48 PM
Originally Posted by amberly    
You must have misread my sentence..... Seems like you have been doing that in this thread quite a bit MsBHavin.
I and others have read exactly what you've written. Your story has changed a couple of times from his weight his horrible, to no it's good and we can ride him, to meh it's ok. If you want to explain your story, then do it and write every little detail down so EVERYONE who reads it has no questions.
    08-19-2013, 12:34 PM
Well, his weight was horrible about a month ago when we had gone out to ride him. At that same time, his legs were also showing stiffness. We board our horses so we had been gone for about nine days after the last time we went out. The day we found out about his leg stiffness was the last time we rode him - usually we don't lope him on ground exercises and at a trot he was fine. But after that day we did not ride him.

We first waited a few days before we called anyone to come take a look at him - we had wanted to see if his weight and the stiffness in his legs was going to change. We checked his legs and we found no signs of pain, heat or swelling anywhere. We kept going out to the horses more often to ride Brisco and Chocky. After and before I was done riding I made sure to exercise Golley every now and then - checking for any signs of pain and watching his legs when he went to a trot. He looked fine at the trot and walk, so we went in the round pen and still he showed stiffness.

We had called the vet and the vet said that to continue exercising him. She said that he was showing his age and to exercise him often so he keeps moving and he will be less tight. She also said that after a few days of exercising, if he looks good in the round pen loping then we can ride him but to not overdo it. We did have her come out and take a look at Golley and she said the same thing again that she said over the phone.

Our boarder suggested we buy Cool Calories and a senior feed that she does for her old horse. We did and started feeding it to Golley.

About a week after that happened, we went out to ride our horses again. I brought golley out and exercised him. His weight had improved only a little bit, and his legs improved quite a bit. He was still stiff, but he was moving much more freely and normal.

The farrier came out earlier this month to trim our horse's feet and he suggested to put therapeutic shoes on him that will help him move better. They are set just a little farther forward than regular shoes and have a rounded toe to help him step and move better and easier.

So every time we have gone out to ride, I have exercised him and watched his movement. Just in this last week, Golley has been looking better and his legs are hardly stiff. We have ridden him a few times in the past few days and he worked nicely and moved nicely.
The past two days, Golley's weight has improved greatly. He is almost back to his normal self again and doing just fine. We still continue to do his exercises and watching his movements before we say if we should ride him or not.

I hope this clears things up for everyone.

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