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  • Height: 16.1hh
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Colour: Flea Bitten Grey
  • Breed: Hanoverian x TB
  • Age: 24
  • Owner: Mary Wanless
  • Joined Overdale: 2007
Golly came to Overdale, on loan to Karin, in 2007. They hacked, schooled, jumped and competed in local unaffiliated dressage competitions at Novice level.

He was subsequently bought by Mary for the school, where he was greatly loved by all that rode him.

Over the years he became a great school horse, teaching riders to canter and take their first steps in lateral work.

He was retired in 2016.

Golly is in gentle retirement on the yard.

He is medicated for Cushings disease and prone to laminitis, so turnout has to be carefully managed.

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“Karin, thank you so much for teaching me how to ride. Having spent 30 years and thousands of pounds on lessons, being confused and never feeling in control, i.e. always anxious and not really enjoying riding.

I found you and after only a handful of lessons, where you’ve explained everything so clearly and identified several reasons why I haven’t been in control.

Today’s lesson was great and I feel for the first time in my life that I’m riding, more in control and loving it… if only I’d found you all those years ago.

Now back to my breathing and my riding hat!”Louise