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post #1 of 6 Old 12-29-2010, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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Arrow 31 year old stallion

Hey everyone
I wanted to ask a question about aged horses, cause I'm moving near our family's farm which has many animals, including two miniature ponies and an old stallion.
That horse is 31 years old. And I'm wondering if I can ride him since I love doing that.
I've been told that any horse of any age could be ridden, if it's still in good condition (nutrition feeding, excessive grooming etc), but I really don't want to push that horse too hard.
So all I want to know is if he's too old to be ridden or not.
I'm not a heavy girl, I'm about 55kilos and I guess that horse can handle my weight.

Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-29-2010, 12:59 AM
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some horses can be ridden till the day they pass. It just depends on the horse.
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-29-2010, 01:02 AM
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I agree, it depends on the horse. Just make sure the horse is well-trained and safe to handle.

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post #4 of 6 Old 12-29-2010, 01:07 AM
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I'm going to agree and say many can be ridden well into their golden years. I'm going to add though that more-so then training being the issue, pain and energy comes into play. If he seems pain free and still has the energy and strength to carry you through a ride I say go for it! Maybe try lungeing him first or turning him out to see his energy level and attitude towards work?

I teach lessons on ponies upwards of 25-30 (according to my boss who owns them) and they do great, and are going strong. The exercise seems to keep them young and healthy since it's so regular and we protect their joints with supplements.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-29-2010, 09:17 AM
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If he's in good health, why not? Just remember, he's completely out of shape (from how it sounds), so you have to bring him up very slowly (especially because of his age).
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-29-2010, 09:23 AM
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If he's in good health then yes, sometimes it even seems to prolong their lives to have a job and be more healthy. If he's been sitting in the field and has not been consistently ridden though, make sure you take it slow. Don't push him, work him back into shape before asking for much.

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