Originally Posted by Speed Racer
At 15, you'd be asking her to go up against horses 7 to 10 years younger than she is. Do you think it's fair to ask her to do that?
At 15 y/o, she equates to about 45 y/o in human years. At her age, she's middle aged. It would be like me taking up tackle football as a career move. Not a wise idea.
I sort of disagree with this. My old lesson horse was born to be a barrel racer, and she just retired this year. She is 24 years old and still kicking. At the ripe young age of 21, she won AQHA horse of the year. She is the ONLY daughter of Easy Max still running barrels. And since she was 16, she has been to the state barrel and pole finals every year and has been to the NHSRA National finals for poles, and has qualified two other times to go.
15 is not too old to start a horse on barrels. But it is not without its consequences. Although Annie is still occasionally running, she has arthritis in both her hocks, and she takes more time recover than she used to. I wouldn't expect a career out of him, but to occasionally do a run won't hurt him.