Originally Posted by waresbear
Abused I suppose in the opinion of the abuser? Whatever, these animals are not being used to manufacturers specs, period! This is why it's rare to see aged champions unless they were retired early & put out to the breeding shed. They don't have long careers in said disciplines.
I beg to differ. My best friend's 23 year old NSH took Top 5 in Regionals and Top 5 in Nationals at the AHA Nationals as a 20 year old in Country Pleasure (saddleseat). I've seen a lot of 15+ Arabs and Half-Arabs take Top 5, Top 10, and, yes, Reserve and Champion placings at regional and national events.
I sure hope you let your horses roam on hundreds of acres of land untouched like nature intended. Otherwise you, too, are not using your horses "to manufacturers specs". Thus, making you a hypocrite.