My horse will be turning 14 soon. He is certainly still in his prime at this point, but I will not be able to afford to retire him and get a new horse until my husband is out of gets out of law school. This means I will need to keep him working till he is 17 or 18 years old. Are there any things I can be doing now to make sure he ages gracefully enough that I will be able to ride him for this long?
P.S.-Obviously I will not push him past his limits as he ages. If it comes down to me not having a horse to ride and him having a good quality of life then his happiness comes before my desire to ride. But I know many horses who have worked into their 20's, so I know it can be done.