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  • Who would buy an old horse
  • Is buying a horse a really bad decision

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    01-05-2012, 03:03 AM
  #41
Green Broke
I bought my old dressage horse at 16, pootled around with him for a few years, then moved yards and was told with his history, breeding and experience I could/should have learnt so much more- so we changed form happy hackers to dressage riders.

At 19 I sold him to a friend, not because I didn't want to keep him. My trainer sat down and told me 'Girl, you have talent. If you want to ride as a sport, you need a younger horse with younger legs- Doey is older, and with the intense work he did as a younger horse, its taking its toll in the cold weather and its unfair to keep him going like this.' I was beside myself, spoke to my friend and she said 'I'll buy him!' so she spoke to my trainer, who is her trainer also, and bought him. Was I distraught? Heartbroken, and sometimes I get to ride him, but he's gone to a loving forever home. If I could have afforded two, I would have done.

But I would NEVER have sold him to someone who would ride him for a couple of years and sell him on. He's fit, he gets a bit stiff in winter, but the only time a vet has been out to see him is for injections. Had he been a mare, I would have bred from him.

Older horses may require a longer warm up, some possible meds to keep them ticking over, but a friend's horse had arthritis at 6.. it strikes at ANY time. Don't buy to sell on, but to keep at that age.
     
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    01-05-2012, 04:57 AM
  #42
Weanling
Totally depends on where you are in your riding career and what you want to get from the horse! If she's perfect in every way, don't let the age stop you. If you take good care of her and keep her active, she should stay healthy down the road. *knock on wood* (because there is always the unforeseen)

I have a 29 year old that was purchased as a 17 year old, my first horse and my love. =]

That's the other thing- if its your first horse, I'd say your much better off with something a little aged (that will treat you right). =]
     
    01-05-2012, 06:30 AM
  #43
Trained
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Originally Posted by drop_your_reins    
Totally depends on where you are in your riding career and what you want to get from the horse! If she's perfect in every way, don't let the age stop you. If you take good care of her and keep her active, she should stay healthy down the road. *knock on wood* (because there is always the unforeseen)

I have a 29 year old that was purchased as a 17 year old, my first horse and my love. =]

That's the other thing- if its your first horse, I'd say your much better off with something a little aged (that will treat you right). =]
you DO understand that this OP has said she would resell this horse in a "couple of years"? Not like you, keeping it for 12 +. Different situation.

I am still of the opinion that the only horses purchased with the clear intention of reselling would be projects that you hope to better and resell.
     
    01-05-2012, 06:41 AM
  #44
Showing
Actually the OP said she might sell the horse. No one can honestly say something like that definitively due to changes in circumstances. I think the OP is just thinking of options, though I would agree that a horse of that age should be purchased with the idea that you are the last owner - unless a retirement pasture is possible.
     
    01-05-2012, 06:35 PM
  #45
Foal
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
Actually the OP said she might sell the horse. No one can honestly say something like that definitively due to changes in circumstances. I think the OP is just thinking of options, though I would agree that a horse of that age should be purchased with the idea that you are the last owner - unless a retirement pasture is possible.
Thank you! As you said I am just looking at options. I have no intention of "tossing this horse aside" after she has "served my purpose" as some people on this forum think.
Riding lessons will get my confidence back up, yes, but that doesn't change the fact that I want a QUIET, SAFE horse.
For those who don't think that I am a responsible horse owner - I do own a horse and want the best for him and any other horse that I come across. I do take this seriously.
I just don't want to make another bad decision in buying a horse that is not suitable for me.
     
    01-05-2012, 07:07 PM
  #46
Trained
I'm sorry if my post sounded harsh! Wish you all the best!
I miss my senior more than words and know how hard to care for and delicate they can be if they have issues or prior hard lives.
Your post was just a little open ended and sometimes around here you have to be UBER clear... But you can get some of the best advice! Good luck with your decision!
     
    01-05-2012, 08:28 PM
  #47
Trained
I agree with leasing until you are confident and know what you will expect from a horse long term. Taking on an older horse with even a maybe of selling intentions is bad news IMO.

Now if you were in a situation where you weren't looking for a horse to teach you, but to work together it would be different. Then a 20 year old in good health would be fine.

Lease a teacher, buy a partner.
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    01-05-2012, 10:02 PM
  #48
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by melissa4horses    
Thank you! As you said I am just looking at options. I have no intention of "tossing this horse aside" after she has "served my purpose" as some people on this forum think.
Riding lessons will get my confidence back up, yes, but that doesn't change the fact that I want a QUIET, SAFE horse.
For those who don't think that I am a responsible horse owner - I do own a horse and want the best for him and any other horse that I come across. I do take this seriously.
I just don't want to make another bad decision in buying a horse that is not suitable for me.
We weren't implying that you would toss them aside. Just pointing out at 20 you are questioning if it is a wise investment. It would be more questionable in a few more years. Then it may be impossible to sell or rehome as there are many free young horses.
     
    01-06-2012, 04:18 AM
  #49
Foal
I love my very spry 29 year old quarter horse, I will never sell him and he will live with me until the day he goes, I would not change the fact I bought him no matter what. HOWEVER...

People lie about older horses health...I bought him at 21 he had been body clipped for "personal preferences" six months later he was diagnosed by our vet with cushings... the disease is rather expensive...but I believe he is worth the cost!

Now you have to ask yourself how much these chiropractic visits will cost and what are the underlying causes for such back pain in a 20 yr old...quite frankly I don't even consider 20 old so the back situation would disturb me greatly. Furthmore, In two years what will the horses condition be like, probably not better, so that will affect resale greatly.

But like I said, my horse is worth the cost to me, but will this horse's potential issues be worth it for you? Especially if you can't sell her?
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    01-06-2012, 08:14 AM
  #50
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by horsecrzy94    
But like I said, my horse is worth the cost to me, but will this horse's potential issues be worth it for you? Especially if you can't sell her?
First of all, kudos to you for taking on and sticking by your horse

And I love the last part, it's a very good point. OP, what if you can't sell the horse? You need to have a back up plan for keeping her and caring for her forever if you can't find someone else to do so.
     

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