My gelding is around 19 years old but is possibly older. I have had him for just over a year now and he has been a great confidence builder for me. He has had some lameness and or stiffness issues, my trimmer said that judging by his legs he has been ridden pretty heavily in the past but is sound right now. He also has breathing issues/allergies and his breathing gets laboured and heavy quite quickly. He also has a cough which has been quite bad especially with the dry dusty weather right now. I only ride him lightly approx twice a week and once he gets moving he seems to enjoy himself but with the heavy breathing I make sure he doesnt over-do it.
He is a bit of a plodder/kick-along so I find it hard to judge whether his reluctance to go out sometimes is just because he doesnt want to leave his mate or he actually finds it too much.
I am interested to hear how other people would make that decision to cut right back on their riding of an older horse or even retire them completely?
I have had him vet checked recently and the vet agreed that his breathing was an issue, she has prescribed him some prescription drugs to add to his feed which should ease his breathing until we get some rain to deal with the dusty conditions right now. Am just waiting on the invoice to arrive so I can go and pick them up.