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    07-23-2011, 06:36 AM
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Foal
How old is your Thoroughbred

Had the vet tell me yesterday she has never seen a big thoroughbred over 30 years old. She was telling me this because my boy is 28yrs old and may have had a stroke. He is ok now but she is just warning me. He is a 17-3 sweet heart. I was wondering if anybody has a TB over 30.
     
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    07-23-2011, 06:48 AM
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Well now I have a 7yo tb, but my first horse was at the time 22, and she passed peacefully this april just gone at a ripe old age of 25, and up until the very last ride and show she still jumped her heart out which is what she loved doing the most of all, unfortunately her heart gave out when she got cast in a paddock and the winter weather did the rest.

I do have to say though, well done for even having a 28yo tb, to me that's pretty amazing as I was looked at in a very dumbfounded expression when I told the vet my girl was 25, not 10. She was only 15.2hh though.

-Just prepare for the worst though, as if he does go downhill it'll hit you when you least expect it, Bubbles was in the front paddock one school morning, I really didnt expect her to go so quickly, but for her sake I'm glad she did. There was no fighting.
Is he the one in your dp?
     
    07-23-2011, 09:04 AM
  #3
Foal
Personally I think you should brush it off as a precaution, not a promise. I am a strong believer in the better a life you give a horse or any pet, the longer it will live. TBs are probably the breed with the most myths about them. Weaker bones, shorter life span, worse temperament, etc. But these aren't true, so keep your hopes up, your boy may live to be 40 if you let him :)

Although, from personal experience, 40 year old horses are hard to feed and expensive to keep!
     
    07-23-2011, 09:12 AM
  #4
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This is my Fast. I've had him 3 years. He came from an abusive situation and was afraid of everything and everyone when I first met him. He has taught me more about myself than anything else in my life. I know its going to be hard when he crosses rainbow bridge but until then we will enjoy each other and life

My profile pic is Henry - my first horse. I had to put him down in Feb at the age of 32 due to kidney failure. I hope when Fast's time comes I just go out and find him laying in the pasture. I don't want to have to make that decision with him
     
    07-23-2011, 10:31 AM
  #5
Banned
Why is your vet of the opinion that Thoroughbreds don't live past 30? Or is just because your boy is big?

I'm a bit worried now, thinking that TBs must have shorter life spans than the average horse......in general.

Hope that isn't true.

Our OTTB is only 6, about 16.2 hands.. so we won't have to worry about old age for a while....still wouldn't like to think he's only got a limited amount of time left.
     
    07-23-2011, 10:53 AM
  #6
Trained
My boy is 22 years old, and going strong. I just took him to the Equine Lameness Specialist in my area in May, getting a full exam with xrays done to see where he was physically - and I had to tell my Vet a couple of times what age he was. He just wouldn't believe me.

I remember after looking at his newly taken xrays, he had to reassure that I told him the truth that Nelson is 22. He then proceeded to tell me that he knows 2 year old's who would die to have Nelson's hocks.

I absolutely agree with MadamKing - it isn't the breed of horse that matters, it is how much YOU are willing to put into them. How much care and money you are willing to invest in your equine companion - that is what matters.

     
    07-23-2011, 03:56 PM
  #7
Foal
I have a 41 yr old quarter horse who is so far my easiest keeper. He's had a cake life too.
I told Fast this am that I want another 10 or 15 years with him! Hopefully he'll take it to heart
My vet is saying she's never seen a big TB over 30. I think it may be more of a size than a breed thing.
     
    07-23-2011, 05:25 PM
  #8
Foal
My TB is 16 hands and 13 years old. I am a little worried, because his sire died of unknown causes and very suddenly at 18. However, his grandsire Mt Livermore is still kicking around (or I think so, as I couldn't find an article about his death on Bloodhorse) at 30 something. But every other horse, going back five generations, died under 30....actually none of them lived past 26. Which kind of makes me wary haha.
     
    07-23-2011, 10:03 PM
  #9
Foal
None of my horses are the norm so I am hoping for many more years with my boy.
Right now we are having trouble with him & the heat. He isn't sweating like he should be. The vet is leaning toward anhidrosis. Anybody ever heard of it? I am cold hosing him and keeping him in the shade during the hottest part of the day but he still is having problems. I'm really worried about him and wishing it would cool down.
If he wasn't so big I'd consider bring him in the house into the ac but he won't fit through the door. Our barn is 150 yrs old so ac would be useless in there.
     
    07-23-2011, 10:40 PM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by tblver    
My TB is 16 hands and 13 years old. I am a little worried, because his sire died of unknown causes and very suddenly at 18. However, his grandsire Mt Livermore is still kicking around (or I think so, as I couldn't find an article about his death on Bloodhorse) at 30 something. But every other horse, going back five generations, died under 30....actually none of them lived past 26. Which kind of makes me wary haha.
Sorry to go OT, but Mt. Livermore is my girl's grandsire, too.
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