07-17-2012, 03:01 PM
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14 is not too old to take you up the levels, but depends on what he's done before. If he competed the height you want to progress to as a youngster, and worked hard, he may not be up to it. If he's low mileage and has jumped higher than your intentions, then it'll be absolutely no problem for him (this as the case with my current horse whom I bought as a 14 yr old who has taken me to BE Intro, having done very little but much higher before I got him). A young horse will take time to get to the higher levels, and need coaching to get there - and won't look after you the same way. Having done both a youngster and a schoolmaster to try and go up the levels, my personal preference was the schoolmaster, but I was lucky with my choice of horse. I'll go for another schoolmaster for my next horse, but one who has competed even higher, but I would go back to a youngster after that probably - there's more I want to learn before I start teaching again, I think.