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post #11 of 21 Old 10-06-2013, 02:12 PM
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If he is in great conditions and still works and listens nicely, I don't see a problem. My horse is 22 and we have gone one two fourteen and thirty mile rides and he still wanted to continue riding when we were done!
It all depends on the horse.
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post #12 of 21 Old 10-06-2013, 04:52 PM
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Arabians (at least all the ones I have been around) tend to keep on going strong many years longer than other breeds. My Arabian gelding is the same size as yours and is 19 years old. He is still going strong and when the vet came out to geld my colt, she glanced at him and thought he was around 7 years old! I do non-competitive endurance with him and multiple day camping trips in the mountains. We average 25 miles of really rough terrain a day and he hardly ever gets tired! My Aunt's Arabian is even more impressive, he is 21 years old and performs even better than mine!
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post #13 of 21 Old 10-07-2013, 10:49 AM
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a friend has a 23 year old thoroughbred gelding that still does LD's no problem, and could easily do a 50 if he was in good enough shape. My mare is 16 this year, and I hope she'll still be going strong into her 20's.
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post #14 of 21 Old 10-07-2013, 10:59 AM
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Yes, it's too strenuous for an 18yo that hasn't had years of work and conditioning.
When I took my Arabian, "Corporal" (1982-2009, RIP) on the 1st Red River Campaign in 1994 (15 miles/day hard riding, he was a 12yo and in my continous lesson program. VERY muscled. He could have been an endurance horse bc he was never winded every day of the Event.
Stick to trail riding. Sounds like he really enjoys THAT.

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post #15 of 21 Old 10-07-2013, 02:14 PM
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Age is a number, not a disease, and healthy well-exercised horses are going to live longer than out of shape pasture puffs. Get out there and ride. :)
Same as with humans
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post #16 of 21 Old 10-07-2013, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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He is good condition already, he just needs a little more. It's not like he is this out of shape, lazy old pony. He is in very good shape, but I would like to see him doing less arena work and more trail miles before I do anything with him. I'm still thinking of it, though :) and if he seems unhappy at any point, I will immediately discontinue and head for home
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post #17 of 21 Old 10-10-2013, 01:08 PM
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How long have you had him or has he been consistently ridden the past few years? I had an Arab gelding that I got when he was 13yrs. We did barrel racing, sorting, lots of trail and camping trips for years before I had heard of Endurance. So he was in very good shape. I trained with a friend who introduced me to the sport for about 6 months. We completed our first LD when he was 21yrs old! We competed in LDs until he was 24yrs. I pulled him from our last ride because he felt a little off. He was diagnosed with side bone. But I rode him for another 2 yrs on trails, just a little shorter and slower. He really seemed to love endurance. Just take it nice and easy and pay close attention to your horse. Have fun!
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post #18 of 21 Old 10-10-2013, 02:03 PM
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It's all about conditioning slowly and carefully. Make you sure you take your time.

As many people on this forum know, the horse I jump with is 20 years old. But he had been in 'show shape" for the past decade.
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post #19 of 21 Old 10-10-2013, 02:11 PM
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definitely not too old for condition. We do showing and have lots of veteran ponies at our house including my main boy. He is 21 and has gotten enough condition on him to win nearly every time out get numerous championships and to come 3rd in the biggest horse show in Ireland 2 years running with me. Also my pony club pony from when I was nine was always as fat as a pig and did eventing and hunting right up untill her early 20's. Sadly she passed away yesterday (R.I.P). But with all the ponies we have had over the age of 15 they have been able to get weight on with the right feed. The following are the type of non-heating feeds we feed our ponies:chaff, spedi-beat, lucie nuts, linseed, vitamin nuts, outshine (baily's) and yeast. Simple systems is great for non-heating feeds. Hope that helps :)
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post #20 of 21 Old 10-28-2013, 01:50 PM
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I don't think he's too old! I myself am looking to get started in LDs on an 18 yr old rescue Arabian mare. I am friends with a lady on facebook who rescued a 19 yr old stallion who had been locked in a stall all his life. She, had him gelded, trained, and he started completing LDs at age 20. He was retired from competition at 25 (after he was diagnosed with some kind of heart condition) but at age 27 he still goes on 15 mile conditioning rides with them!
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