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post #1 of 36 Old 01-20-2011, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Is 21 too old?

My friend is gettin rid of her horse. He's a mix with paint, and quater. He's goin on 21 but still has a great amount of spunk and get up and go! I've rode him several times and even did barrels with him and came in 4th out of 10 this pass summer! She had offered me the opportunity it take him. I've been riding for 6 years but never owned my horse! He's is a great horse but just wondering if 21 is a good age for a first time owner? Open to all opinions and suggestions! Thanks
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post #2 of 36 Old 01-20-2011, 11:49 AM
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21 is a great age if you're a first time owner.

He's been there, done that, and has at least 5 to 10 years of riding time left, maybe more if he stays active and healthy.

If you know this horse and like him, don't let his age stop you.
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post #3 of 36 Old 01-20-2011, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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21 is a great age if you're a first time owner.

He's been there, done that, and has at least 5 to 10 years of riding time left, maybe more if he stays active and healthy.

If you know this horse and like him, don't let his age stop you.
Thanks so much! Im going to see him sunday! Be sure to post some pictures
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I totally agree with SR!

Nothing better than a been there done that horse for a first horse.
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If you say he's active and healthy and you enjoy riding him then he sounds fine. A great confidence booster for you as a first horse as he's been there and done that (like the others have said). And sounds like he has a few good years left on him.
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Not at all! I'm also a first time horse owner and I got my mare when she was 23. She's now 25, almost 26, and you would never know it.
I think it really depends on the horse. Like anything, some age a lot faster and worse than others.
I have no doubt that, barring any unforseen events, I will still be riding my mare when she's 30.

Of course, it does take them longer to get into shape so I try to keep my mare in pretty steady medium work all the time so that she stays in shape (and so that she doesn't kill me with her energy, haha).

The other concern I've had is when I'm riding with people with younger horses, they tend to just want to have fun while I'm more concerned about the condition Lacey is in and how she's holding up. I'm a lot more cautious with her than I think I would be with a younger horse because at her age, she's more physically fragile. I also have to be very aware of her fitness level and when she seems to be getting tired since she will go ALL day if I let her, but her body isn't up to that.

Other than that stuff, I really feel good about owning an older horse. I like thinking that I know I'll own her for the rest of her days and I like making her later years her best. I also really like finding things that we both like to do and just doing them, without any pressure to be great at it or anything. And, I love that she's been around long enough to see pretty much everything so I can take her anywhere and never really have to worry about her getting spooked or out of control.

Older horses are really great. They do involve a little more care but I think they adore you more for it.

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Speedracer pretty much summed it up! I hope it works out for you. How exciting. Post pics if you get him.
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If you say he's active and healthy and you enjoy riding him then he sounds fine. A great confidence booster for you as a first horse as he's been there and done that (like the others have said). And sounds like he has a few good years left on him.
Thanks I'm really excited to be buying my first horse! Its been wishful thinking for quite along time now, and I'm finally ready! ! !
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Go for it! I think it will be a nice first horse for you & a very lucky break for him. Most horses at 21 who are being gotten "rid of" don't fair so well.
You could be saving his life.
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Im going to see him sunday! Be sure to post some pictures
Please do. We're always interested in seeing someone's horse!
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