Too old???

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    08-12-2010, 06:01 PM
Too old???

My horse is about 28 years old and is in overall good health and shape. I just want to practice with him so id only do it 2 or 3 times a week. Plus he has done barrel racing for quite a few years.Is he to old???
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    08-12-2010, 06:51 PM
As long as he can comfortably run the pattern, then no, he isn't too old. I personally wouldn't really ask him to go full out but he should be fine for practice and probably even an event or 2 if you were interested.
    08-12-2010, 07:34 PM
If your horse enjoys it, and he is relatively good shape, I see no problem with it.

There was a thread similar to this one started a day or 2 ago. I will give you the same advice I gave to the OP of that thread:

A training tip for you:
Slow work can be just as (if not more) effective as fast paced work. Running perfect patterns at the walk/trot will translate to better runs when you put the speed into the mix. It is also better on the horse.

Read more: Is she to old ?

If you want to read through that thread, this is the link to it ^.

EDIT*: I will warn you that some of the posts are somewhat blunt.
    08-14-2010, 03:18 PM
Thnx and he is in good shape cause just today I took him for a trail ride and he did great and he just wanted to go go go
    08-18-2010, 07:45 PM
No horse is ever to old if their in good shape. One of my top barrel horses just turned 26 yesterday and she is still running strong.
    08-24-2010, 09:07 PM
Go for it . I have a 29 year old pony that I just retired out in the paddock and she still has heaps of go in her.
    11-13-2010, 03:16 PM
If your horse is in good shape, healthy, and loves it then go for it!!!
    11-26-2010, 12:21 PM
A girl I know retired an arabian barrel horse at 31 so I don't think its a problem at all ;)
    12-02-2010, 06:17 PM
My pony is 21. He hates barrel racing one time I was in a rodeo and he only did two barrels.
    12-07-2010, 12:03 PM
If he is still in good condition let him run his heart out :) I know that one of my borders has a 30 year old that is in great shape for her age and is still playing around with barrels and she loves it!

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