Originally Posted by mysticdragon72
We will be using her as a pleasure horse only and, given her age, she will probably be retired in the near future depending of course on how sound she stays.
If she is 15, she's got at least ten more years of good riding in her as long as her health holds out
My Arab/Saddlebred was 25, the last major trail ride I took him on. He started and finished up front on an all day ride - not because I made him but he because that's where he wanted to be and had the energy to be.
The horse in my avatar is my "It" horse in my above post. While he may not look gaited to some he a registered Tennessee Walker. I was once asked how I taught that Quarter Horse to gait and a few folks thought he was a gaited Morgan.
He is now 23 and insulin resistant. He is still very ridable but because of the disease wears out faster and therefore our days of hard trail riding and doing organized rides are over. He can, however, still go in parades and ride the trails as long as we ride them at our pace and don't stay out more than a few hours at a time
Kudos to you for knowing you will keep not only the mare but the foal, if you do end up making the purchase