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    01-04-2012, 03:13 PM
  #21
Trained
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
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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    01-04-2012, 03:14 PM
  #22
Foal
I have a 22 yr old QH gelding. I have had him since he was 7. He now has a lot of needs, I.e. Special diet, joint supplaments, etc... If you are not willing to keep her to the end....don't bother. It will honestly be pretty hard to sell her in a few years due to her age. Now, if you were planning on keeping her as a forever horse, and were willing to meet her needs as a a senior horse, then I would think it might be a good idea.
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    01-04-2012, 03:14 PM
  #23
Trained
I would say you should pass. Mainly because you have no intentions of giving this horse the life she deserves, and are already planning on passing her on. No horse comes with guarantees. You could go out and buy a 5 yr old that develops Navicular tomorrow, or gets injured. Age has nothing to do with it. THere are also many younger horses that need chiro regularly, or supplements or both.

No horse is perfect. Until you are willing to find one that you know its faults and are willing to accept them (and they you....) please lease. Horses are a huge committment, and not like a car that you trade up every couple of years for a new model.

I also have an old guy who is great, but started having issues and requiring supplements etc around 20 yrs old. He is now unrideable. That does not mean he is any less vauable to me. He raised my daughter, taught us both a ton and is a member of the family. Even the non-horsey men of the family feel strongly about this horse and we will all be crushed when his time comes.

This horse deserves better.
     
    01-04-2012, 03:18 PM
  #24
Showing
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Originally Posted by melissa4horses    
Thanks guys. I am planning on doing pony club/ trail riding,ect with her. I will probably sell her in a couple of years. I had a bad fall after a bad horse choice and am looking to get my confidence back.
Ooops... I responded before I read this one. As other people already said you buy older horse with the intention to keep it till the end (and that's what my first response was targeted at). I know things happen and all, but intention should be still there. Doesn't look like to me in your situation, so I'd pass (because it'll be very hard to sell that horse as it gets older, and the last and worst thing to do is sending it to the auction).
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    01-04-2012, 03:26 PM
  #25
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
I would say you should pass. Mainly because you have no intentions of giving this horse the life she deserves, and are already planning on passing her on. No horse comes with guarantees. You could go out and buy a 5 yr old that develops Navicular tomorrow, or gets injured. Age has nothing to do with it. THere are also many younger horses that need chiro regularly, or supplements or both.

No horse is perfect. Until you are willing to find one that you know its faults and are willing to accept them (and they you....) please lease. Horses are a huge committment, and not like a car that you trade up every couple of years for a new model.

I also have an old guy who is great, but started having issues and requiring supplements etc around 20 yrs old. He is now unrideable. That does not mean he is any less vauable to me. He raised my daughter, taught us both a ton and is a member of the family. Even the non-horsey men of the family feel strongly about this horse and we will all be crushed when his time comes.

This horse deserves better.
WELL PUT!!!! This, exactly. I got my (now 10 year old) mare as a rescue for next to nothing when she was 7. She was green broke and it's been a loooong road. I got her before I got into Eventing and she is a 14.1 hand QH/Paint pony! But do I ever plan on getting rid of her to "trade up" to a big lofty Warmblood or TB? No way...when I rescued her, I made a commitment to give her a forever home and that's what I plan on doing. If I ever want to go to Rolex someday (which is doubtful LOL) I'll go find a horse to lease if my girl can't do it. She's a family member now, and that is that.
     
    01-04-2012, 03:37 PM
  #26
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by melissa4horses    
Thanks guys. I am planning on doing pony club/ trail riding,ect with her. I will probably sell her in a couple of years. I had a bad fall after a bad horse choice and am looking to get my confidence back.
Do not buy with the intention of selling. It will be hard to sell or even give away an old horse. So you should paln on keeping it forever
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    01-04-2012, 04:40 PM
  #27
Showing
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Originally Posted by melissa4horses    
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?
The best horses are often times the older ones. They are mature and well trained, and they are absolutely phenomenal riding partners. Its true that if you go with older equine partner, there is usually some extra care cost involve, because well, as we do as we age-need more care because our health changes a little bit.

I think if the horse is what you're looking for, you should jump on the opportunity. Having said that, what worried me when I read your post was to hear consider selling this horse "later on". I think something you should really consider with a horse of that age, is making the decision give this horse its last and permanent home. Some horses yet many years to come, but I couldnt imagine selling a horse that age again.
     
    01-04-2012, 06:53 PM
  #28
Trained
One of my cousins ponies lives after 30 and we still
Rode him
     
    01-04-2012, 07:08 PM
  #29
Showing
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
I would say you should pass. Mainly because you have no intentions of giving this horse the life she deserves, and are already planning on passing her on. No horse comes with guarantees. You could go out and buy a 5 yr old that develops Navicular tomorrow, or gets injured. Age has nothing to do with it. THere are also many younger horses that need chiro regularly, or supplements or both.

No horse is perfect. Until you are willing to find one that you know its faults and are willing to accept them (and they you....) please lease. Horses are a huge committment, and not like a car that you trade up every couple of years for a new model.

I also have an old guy who is great, but started having issues and requiring supplements etc around 20 yrs old. He is now unrideable. That does not mean he is any less vauable to me. He raised my daughter, taught us both a ton and is a member of the family. Even the non-horsey men of the family feel strongly about this horse and we will all be crushed when his time comes.

This horse deserves better.
I have to agree with this. Horses, especially older horses that are less marketable, deserve much better than to be bought for a single purpose and then tossed aside when they are no longer "good enough". If you don't have the means to give this older mare a forever home, then you should let her go to someone who may be able to.

Perhaps you would be better off in a lesson barn with schoolmaster type horses that can give you your confidence back. At least with them, there is no obligation or real responsibility. Not like what comes with actually owning a horse.
     
    01-04-2012, 07:19 PM
  #30
Yearling
IMO, I'm with the crowd that says do not buy an old horse to sell it later. That is not fair to a horse that has been spending all its life serving people. It deserves to be comfortable with a steady environment, an owner that is willing to keep consistent feed and care until the end. I sold my fathers 20 year old horse after I went to college, I couldn't afford to keep both Jake and Jessie, Jessie would have had to live in a pasture by himself with no company, which is no life to retire into. I sold him to an older couple that only wanted a trail horse to cruise around on. They promised that they had no intentions to sell, that even if they couldn't ride they would keep Jessie until he passed on, and he would always have a buddy. That was best I could wish for the horse that had honestly taken care of my family. I know people lie, but I even inspected their property, checked on vets they would use and examined their horse knowledge. Now, Jake will stay with me until he passes, I already have retirement plans set up for when he is either physically or mentally done with being rode.

Full Leasing an older horse would be a great option for you. That way you don't have the commitment past a year, and you don't have to worry about selling later on.
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