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post #1 of 4 Old 12-07-2010, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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What years are considered the prime of a horses life?

Just wondering what's considered the prime of a horses life.
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-07-2010, 11:47 AM
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That is nearly an impossible question to answer. There are so many factors that enter into it, such as breed and discipline.

A Quarter Horse that is a cutter, or reiner, would be worth more as a 3 year old, same as a race horse (any breed). A trail horse can be any age from 4 - 20+ (my personal preference is a 10 - 15 year old). A dressage horse at the higher levels can be in his teens - same as an event horse.

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post #3 of 4 Old 12-07-2010, 11:55 AM
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It all depends on the individual horse, his comformation, soundness, bloodlines, breed, temperament, past worklife....On average, I work a horse most between ages 5 and 18. My Paso Fino is spirited, so he's 23 and acts like a 3-yr old, but to preserve his longevity I don't work him as much as my other guys anymore.
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-09-2010, 07:21 AM
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Well I guess every horse is an individual, and I agree with what the other people have said, but an alternative view is always like most horse books tell me that horses are at their peak performance age between ages 7 and 12. Which I suppose is like being about 25 human years, no longer growing but not yet ageing.
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