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    01-06-2012, 05:44 PM
I'd say MOST definitely go for it. I learned the most I've ever learned about horseback riding on a 25 year old mare. She taught me that I needed to learn A LOT more =)
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    01-07-2012, 12:59 AM
Let me tell you, a senior horse is well worth your time and money. They teach you much more than any other younger horse could. The first horse I ever rode was a 26 year old Paint named Dakota <3 A year later, my brother recieved Dakota as a Christmas present. Dakota was a great learning experience and taught my brother (and even me) alot more than any younger horse had.
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    01-08-2012, 12:26 AM
Bless her heart, her kind soul reaches right through this electronic medium: I wish I could reach out and pet her.... She looks like a dear one....


Originally Posted by MangoRoX87    
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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    01-08-2012, 01:33 AM
I enjoy riding older horses
    01-08-2012, 11:03 AM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
^^ smrobs, you are absolutely right. That's exactly what I call being a responsible owner (for any animal, not just horse).
Agreed, but of all the animals, horses are the special ones....
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    03-12-2012, 06:41 AM
I had a 12hh welsh pony 23 years old. He'd go all day with me on his back. Jumped 1m+ canter, gallop whenever asked.
    03-12-2012, 07:18 AM
I cannot even think about what Patsy would have been like when she was young...heck I have 30 years riding experience and she is a tricky ride for me!
She is 13. The only thing she was teaching her green owner, was how fast you could get run back to the barn....

We had a POA who was very reliable, until he started to get some age, and then he acted like he had dementia or something. Just a grumpy old man.

Not every older horse is automatically "bomb proof" or a "confidence builder", just ask Patsy's old owner, he was visibly shaking when he got off of her...
    03-12-2012, 10:29 AM
You do need to consider that by buying a 20 years old horse, you could be facing medical expenses that seem to drain the wallet. Unless the horse is fit, a conditioning program is much slower than for a younger horse. We shouldn't ask the same of them physically either.
    03-12-2012, 10:47 AM
I wanted an old horse for my first horse. Ended up with a 6 year old thoroughbred. Best decision of my life. Even though he gets scared when the wind blows and ninjas creep out of the bushes, or that patch of grass has a tire mark, I gotta change direction, or I've been over this mat every single day for the last 2 months, but because its windy today its become a swirling vortex of death and is going to kill me, he is still amazing and even though I'm scared to death half the time, i've had so many great moments with him and I don't regret getting something so young. No, I'm no pro, and if he could defiently do some damage to me if he wanted to, but he's a ***** cat and he has the best intentions. So with all these health issues, and the fact you may want to re sell to go on to do something else with another horse, I would honestly consider looking elsewhere for something between the ages of 12-20. Its a wide range and some horses are amazing at 12, while others are not. You just have to look around, but I wouldnt look past anything because of age, whichever way it were :) also goodluck, I hope you find your dream horse!!
    03-12-2012, 11:22 AM
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One of the horses that helped me the most when my confidence was down was a 20 year old gelding. Was sound and a handful until he died of cancer. We have a 22 year old thoroughbred and a 20 year old thoroughbred. They are the two bigest handfuls on the farm. They need very little extra food, no soundness issues, If I didn't know I would guess they were both 13-15.

There is also a older appy gelding on the farm who was a rescue. He is the sweetest guy and has been there, done that. If my barn owner ever had to sell him I may just have to sell pickles and keep him instead. I can pony young horses off him bareback, walk/t/c in a halter.

Also a friend had a gelding he rode hunting untill he was 30 and the kids rode him for a few years after that until he retired. If this mare is in good shape I wouldn't hesitate to pick her up.

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