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post #11 of 21 Old 08-22-2011, 01:23 PM
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The mare that I lease is 16. She has more than enough go and plenty of good years left (assuming she's in good health). I'd buy her if I could.

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I am in the process of bringing home a 16 year old mare (ex-harness racer turned broodmare). From what her seller tells me, she is sound and healthy with plenty of pop. She likes to go, but without the drama that sometimes comes with a younger horse. Shes definitely not as aged as some of the other horses Im reading about, but I was worried. I feel a lot better to read about all these 20+ year old horses that are still loping around, jumping and showing the young horses how to be.
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post #12 of 21 Old 08-22-2011, 01:38 PM
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Our BO has a 30yo gelding (his first horse, actually) on his dude string and Skeeter keeps up with all the young'uns. He's a bit gassy in his old age, but he's a sweetheart.

We also have a boarder with a 31yo QH gelding who gets ponied out on trail rides with one of the boarders who has a 16hh belgian/QH cross gelding. Hopi (the old man) gives Winston (the draft cross) a run for his money, even out in turnout.

Another boarder as a 28yo arab gelding who you wouldn't be able to tell is that old. When he's out in turnout, he has more energy than even my Aires does (who is two!).

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Our BO has a 30yo gelding (his first horse, actually) on his dude string and Skeeter keeps up with all the young'uns. He's a bit gassy in his old age, but he's a sweetheart.
Had to laugh at that! I have a lesson student with an older pony mare (guessing around 25) that gets the trotting farts. It happened in her showmanship class at the last show she went to when she trotted her pattern. The judge got a good chuckle and so did I...student not so much

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Had to laugh at that! I have a lesson student with an older pony mare (guessing around 25) that gets the trotting farts. It happened in her showmanship class at the last show she went to when she trotted her pattern. The judge got a good chuckle and so did I...student not so much
Skeeter's pen is right next to the porch where everyone hangs out. There's a wood wall between the porch and the horse pens, so you can't see him, but you can sure hear...and smell...him! He does the long, fluttering farts and the short splats. He also likes to play in his water, which is right up against the wall. Whenever we make a comment about it ("There goes Skeeter again!"), the BO says "Hell, he's old. He deserves to be a little gassy now and then!" Which inevitably leads to us taunting back "Now and then?! Try all the time!" He and Jack are the designated kids' horses for the dude string and whenever Skeeter gets back from a ride, you can bet the kid is going to start chattering about how much and how loud Skeeter farted.

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Funny you should mention that...on Sunday during our trail ride, Jerry was entertaining us with the musical sounds he was producing as he trotted along.
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There's a 22 yo KMH gelding where I ride that still enjoys galloping up hills full tilt and flat out refusing to stop without a huge fight. He walks faster and fights harder than most of the young ones. I love that horse.

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Funny you should mention that...on Sunday during our trail ride, Jerry was entertaining us with the musical sounds he was producing as he trotted along.
Sure that wasn't his sheath?
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I love older horses who are still able bodied. They have the go of a young horse, but not quite the fight of a young horse! As long as they are kept in great physical shape and have no outstanding issues, they're good to go for anything after a serious warmup.

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I thought that was the diaphragm?
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My favorite riding friend is the BO. She is 69 and her horse, of which she has had all her life, is 26. My horse is always falling behind and I have to trot to keep up.

My farrier shoes a horse that is 35 and her owner is 103. He said last time he shoe'd her horse, the lady said "I might need to trade her in for a younger horse. She's getting a little slow!"

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