Originally Posted by BarrelRacer86
Anyone want to answer my above question?
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I think it depends on the horse, his current health and especially how his feet and legs are. Barrel racing can be stressful and I have seen a lot of Barrel racers go downhill around age 10. But I have also seen some keeping thriving at 15....
I think I would also take into consideration the horse itself, does it seem to still enjoy the runs, or does it seem to be getting bored with it?
In my opinion, if your tried and true barrel horse seems to be doing well, and is showing no signs of wear and tear..you may want to keep going with that horse instead of starting over with another that obviously needs a lot of work before competing at any level. But if you are starting to see signs of loss of interest, boredom, or strain anywhere, it may be a good idea to retire the current horse from barrels, or not compete/train as hard in order for the horse to have a longer and happier life... which may mean selling depending on your circumstances or what you want to do. There are many many things you can still do that are just as fun as barrels :)