Originally Posted by Slaptail
Around what is a light draft horses life span supposed to be? (Talking about Haflingers specifically.)
At around what age would they be considered "old" and what is the average life span?
No easy answer. Every breed is different. Work loads will have been different. Care will have been different and certainly, good or poor genetics, will have played a part.
In countries where horses are relatively well looked after, they are living longer these days. This of course, due to good medical care which was unknown or missing, in the past.
My daughter's old Haffie, is at least 30 now and only recently been retired from gymkhana. He would love to go on for ever, but his mum had to make the decision, because of his arthritis.
I know of some very aged Gypsy Horses. Ie; over 30. I know of one Gypsy Horse mare, who has had, it is believed, at least 22 or 23 foals. Still alive but no longer producing. I think she must be close to 30 now.