Refreshing my retired gelding?
I have a 22 year old quarter horse gelding that I have had for probably about 7 or 8 years. We’re the same age, and in a lot of ways have grown up together. He used to be my barrel horse for play days and general trail rides with friends, but as we’ve both gotten older he’s become more of a pasture pet- especially while I moved across state for college. I would like to get back in the saddle; he’s been mostly out to pasture for the past three or four years, just gets led around with the younger kids on his back whenever they come to town to visit family. He’s pretty pasture/barn sour, and doesn’t bat an eye at the simple snaffle bit that I have on him right now. I tried to ride a few days ago but he basically just grabbed the reins from me and paraded me right back to the barn. I did lunge him beforehand and he did fine then. Without rambling too much, I would just like some advice on refreshing my old boy; I love him very much and would like to be able to jump on and have a pleasant and peaceful ride when the weather is nice. When he was ridden almost every day he was a really great horse to ride; a little headstrong but with his old bit and a tie down he worked fine; I just don’t remember what that bit was so I had hoped he would do ok with just a snaffle.