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post #21 of 41 Old 11-12-2013, 03:21 AM
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In my experience the horse usually lets you know or it becomes apparent due to health etc. I knew someone who had a 30 year old gelding they tried to retire because of his age. He went pretty stir crazy sitting in a pasture and was perfectly happy to resume his normal trail riding routine. I had a 28 year old mare that was still running barrels on occasion. She'd even win every now and again. She was ridden several times a week until her unexpected death and never slowed down. She put those younger horses in their place when it came to barrels and poles.

My thoroughbred gelding was retired from riding at 24 but that was mostly due to some health issues. (dropped fetlocks, tendon issues, suspected DSLD, major weight issues, etc etc) If he's sound and game for it I wouldn't be worried about it.


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post #22 of 41 Old 11-15-2013, 03:56 PM
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He looks as though he's aged very well. We have an OTB at my barn that is over 20, and doesn't look it at all. I had an OTB also, 16.1, ran 30 races and was in the money in 10 of them. But he was calm and steady on the trail, and learned very quickly. Even as young as he was, he was a great ring/trail horse right away. He was 6. Looks like you've got a really nice, calm guy for free. Except for the teeth, he looks healthy. A little weight, and he's be a great looker. Good luck with finding his age. (He does have a bit of the modern QH look to his head - but he also looks very TB. Good luck with him!)
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post #23 of 41 Old 11-15-2013, 05:10 PM
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I think he is very cute. I hope you can find out more about him as I am curious. I know some folks think Bay horses are boring but I think they are fantastic. LOVE his sweet face. He actually isn't in the worst shape if he is as old as some are thinking. A bit more weight and as you said, muscle will help a lot.

I rode a Saddlebred years ago that was 30 years old. She was still full of it and was not a beginner horse. Ha ha Old gal still had game until the day she passed. Keeping them in shape and watching for signs as to when they have had enough. Start slow, build him up and hopefully you will get some good riding years out of him.
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post #24 of 41 Old 11-15-2013, 06:12 PM
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The age people stop riding a horse completely depends on the horse. Some are conditioned and are in great shape. The horse I compete with is 20, and he's still got many years left in him.

That said, conditioning after years off can be strenuous. So be careful.

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post #25 of 41 Old 11-15-2013, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the replies regarding this guy. He's been doing well, I think enjoying the time being spent with him and good care. I have my farrier coming on the 21st, and he'll be taken to the vet hopefully sometime after that.

I did try to ride him a couple nights ago and he did buck before I got on even. So I will have a trainer I ride with sometimes evaluate him for me...do a couple rides on him.
Also found out Miles(what I decided to name the horse) has possibly been off for closer to 2 years.... I thought he had been rode recently....apparently not.... Sort of annoyed about that...
So far I have only done light walk trot lungeing with him. He will be slowly brought back into riding if he works out as a riding horse again.
He has put on some weight already but is seeming a little more difficult than my younger horses were about gaining weight....figured this would happen since he is older... :)
I really want him to work out for me as a riding horse. He's been a sweet guy...except for the bucks... :) lol.
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post #26 of 41 Old 11-16-2013, 03:29 AM Thread Starter
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Might have found this guy actually on equibase. Based on the name that the girl thought he was

Horse Racing | Horse Racing Entries | Horse Racing Results | Past Performances | Mobile | Statistics

Success And Glory Thoroughbred

If it is him then he's not as old as we thought.

Interesting. The girl told me she was told his name was "successful glory".


Edit; maybe not! I noticed it says that horse was born in (ire) that would be Ireland right?
I don't think he would be here..in Tx.
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post #27 of 41 Old 11-16-2013, 03:40 AM Thread Starter
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Actually I just looked at the races part and the most recent ones were in texas and local to me. I might have actually found my guy.
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post #28 of 41 Old 11-16-2013, 12:02 PM
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See if you can find the tattoo number for the potential horse, and look at your horse's tattoo. If they look vaguely the same then it's probably your fellow!
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post #29 of 41 Old 11-16-2013, 02:45 PM
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I saw him on FB too! I told her his registered name could be success and glory. That would make him 18 yrs old and from Ireland.

my best friend is my arabian. People always tell me that he's the calmest horse they've ever seen. i tell them he's an arabian. and they are surprised :)
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post #30 of 41 Old 11-16-2013, 02:46 PM
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You're not far from me

my best friend is my arabian. People always tell me that he's the calmest horse they've ever seen. i tell them he's an arabian. and they are surprised :)
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