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post #11 of 12 Old 01-28-2012, 01:12 PM
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Shoot, in this day and age, 17 is still young! If he is sound now and doesn't have any health concerns, it is entirely possible that he could continue to be a very productive and competitive mount for 10 or more years.

Heck, there is a member here, Wallaby, who has a 27 year old mare that is just as spunky as any young horse and she rides her quite a bit.

Actually, riding more often and keeping them moving and fit is what helps to keep an older horse feeling younger. It can help to stave off arthritis and other health concerns that come with lack of activity. Horses are much like people, if they stay active and social, they stay healthy, but when they start just staying at home and laying on the couch (or standing around in the pasture) then their health starts to decline quickly.
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post #12 of 12 Old 01-28-2012, 02:57 PM
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This horse is a perfect first horse IF he has the disposition. He has nice low hocks and he is clean. I would lit to see more weight on him through his hind quarters and along his back.

If he fits you and you like him, get him vetted and take him from these photos.

He won't be specatcular over fences but as little as you are planning, he should be fine. When you hack him out do a lot of trotting up long hills (if you ahve them). Give him rein so he can lean into the hill as he trots.. stretching his top line and building abdominal muslces to support his back. In a month to 6 weeks of this work you won't know he was the same horse if you couple the work with good groceries (decent hay and good grain rations along with regualr worming).

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