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post #11 of 61 Old 01-03-2012, 10:42 PM
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Melissa, I understand your desire to purchase a confidence builder, but if you are planning to sell her to move up or not be prepared or willing to retire her later, especially with her already having age related issues... Please pass her up.
She probably deserves a forever home and IMHO should go to a home that is ready and 100% positive they would have her to the end. It might also be impossible to resale her if she develops further ailments. If I knew your plans I wouldn't sell her to you. Go look for one younger with the same temperament. Good luck!!
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post #12 of 61 Old 01-03-2012, 10:46 PM
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I would not pass the chance to ride an older horse
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post #13 of 61 Old 01-04-2012, 11:19 AM
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If you aren't in a hurry to buy I would keep looking for another horse you enjoy as much as her.. You can find younger horses who are very sound in the mind and body to build confidence on. Especially if you are looking to sell her. As previously mentioned, I think she should be going to a forever home to be retired at when her riding days are over and she might not sell for as much as you would hope when it comes time.
But if you feel she's the one, then she's the one. Good luck in your decision, and post pics if you decide on her :)
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post #14 of 61 Old 01-04-2012, 11:44 AM
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She sounds like a perfect horse for you, but personally I wouldn't sell her after you are done with her. Where would she end up? Sadly very few people understand that good care can keep a senior horse useable for a very long time.

I bought my mare when she was....18? She will be turning 21 in March and I still get lots of use out of her, infact more than any of my other horses. Senior horses definitely speak to the soul. They've been there, done that, and how they lose the fatty pockets above their eyes makes them seem all the more precious to me:) (Had to add pictures..I'm a visual person, and I love showing off Rosie:)
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post #15 of 61 Old 01-04-2012, 12:31 PM
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She sounds like a perfect horse for you, but personally I wouldn't sell her after you are done with her. Where would she end up? Sadly very few people understand that good care can keep a senior horse useable for a very long time.

I bought my mare when she was....18? She will be turning 21 in March and I still get lots of use out of her, infact more than any of my other horses. Senior horses definitely speak to the soul. They've been there, done that, and how they lose the fatty pockets above their eyes makes them seem all the more precious to me:) (Had to add pictures..I'm a visual person, and I love showing off Rosie:)
Your horse does not look her age
She is very beautiful
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post #16 of 61 Old 01-04-2012, 12:51 PM
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Didn't know where to put this. I've been out to see a horse and she is 20yrs old. She is perfect except for the age. Because of her age she needs a chiropracter out every 3 months, weight lifter in her food and she can't jump as high anymore. Also, if I was to sell her down the track I'm sure her price would go down. She is the perfect height and is amazing to ride. I can't find any other horse out there like her.
Is it worth buying a horse that is 20 years old?
Put it this way - no one has enough money to buy our older horses (25 & 26). We've been offered but won't sell. You can't replace the training, experience and the trust.

ANY horse out there could get hurt - no matter what the age.

What concerns me the most is you are already planning to sell. That is rather sad.
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Can any horse truly be a financial investment? I have yet to own a horse that has given me a positive financial return on the purchase. That said, every horse I have owned has been worth it!

As for a 20 year old horse, I agree it depends upon what you are willing to spend, the care and maintenance you are willing to give and the condition of the horse. I bought back my 20 y.o. Clyde X App last summer and paid a fair price for him. If he died tomorrow, it would still have been worth it. He's a great horse and in great shape with many miles left. I simply cannot put a price tag on his experience and he is a dear old friend.

If you are only looking for a horse for a couple of years, why not consider a lease? Maybe the owners will lease the 20 year old to you?


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20 yr old horses are not investment horses, you use them and enjoy them. And 9 times out of 10, they will reward with so much pleasure you will get back your original investment plus interest.
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post #18 of 61 Old 01-04-2012, 01:08 PM
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If you are only looking for a horse for a couple of years, why not consider a lease? Maybe the owners will lease the 20 year old to you?
This!! I echo what others have said - if you don't plan on keeping a 20 year old, who knows what could happen when you try to resell. It doesn't seem very fair to the horse...unless you plan on keeping the horse in your pony club/selling to one of the kids like someone mentions who has outgrown their pony?
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Older horses have mileage behind them
Are more reliable than a 4 or 5 year old
But sometimes need special care ie food
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Is it worth buying a horse that is 20 years old?
Healthy 20 yo horse has years to go strong. I rode 20 yo last year in lessons (private horse), and let me tell you you would never ever guess that horse is 20. My neighbor's horse is 25 and packing people around just like that. Don't let the age to scare you away!
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