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    05-31-2010, 06:48 PM
Is he too old to buy?

I am considering going to see a 23 year old gelding who is claimed to be a great kids horse. They say he has cracked feet but otherwise is healthy. Do you think that 23 is too old to consider?
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    05-31-2010, 06:54 PM
It depends. How long will you want a horse for? Are you willing to deal with the kids' tears, etc when the horse passes away, and are you willing and able to buy a new one then? It sort of sounds to me like the owner is just trying to sell up before the horse goes. Then again, I have a 22-yr old who still looks and acts like a 3-yr old. It all depends on the individual horse. I say go look at him, and if you feel he's at the end of his life, you might want to pass.
    05-31-2010, 07:07 PM
Like equiniphile said, it all depends on the individual horse. I have known horses at 18 that had to be retired due to health issues and horses that were still going strong at 30. I would go and look at him and if you like him, go from there. One thing though, at that age, I would certainly get a thorough vet check just to make sure that there aren't any less than obvious problems that sometimes pop up in the older horse. That being said, a horse that is truely kid broke is worth his weight in gold and if a child can ride a good horse, even for a short amount of time, that will change their perspective on every horse they ride after that.
    05-31-2010, 07:23 PM
That being said, a horse that is truely kid broke is worth his weight in gold and if a child can ride a good horse, even for a short amount of time, that will change their perspective on every horse they ride after that.
This ^.

If he vets ok and seems healthy and happy, I would go for it.
    05-31-2010, 07:58 PM
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I agree with what everyone has said. :) And I thoroughly second smrobs.
My mare was 23 when I got her (although, the owners lied/forgot her real age and told us she was 21 then we saw her vet records and discovered that she was 23) and if you just looked at her (without knowing her age), you would have absolutely no clue that she's 25.
She was horrifically obese and super out of shape but I got her back in shape and now, at 25, there really isn't anything I couldn't do with her. Of course, there are things I don't do because I'm trying to keep her well preserved, but she thinks nothing of 4 hour trail rides, daily medium work, galloping, cantering for long periods, etc. She doesn't have any obvious arthritis, but she's kinda special like that, and she definitely has at least 3 more years of hard work usefullness left in her. Inside, I feel like I could say 5 but I don't want to be tooooo optimistic. In any case, I'm pretty positive that she could have up to ten years left of pony rides and such.
I really think older horses are HIGHLY underestimated. If he passes the PPE and you guys/your kids and him click, go for it! You never know, you could find yourself with a real gem on your hands.
    06-01-2010, 12:25 PM
If you're just at the "considering" stage, definitely go and see him! Old horses are just as wonderful as younger ones. They can require a little more TLC, but it isn't enough to turn them down about.

I got my first horse when he was 20 years old, and he just died last year at 29. I have zero regrets about getting him. He was a teacher and a babysitter. I loved him, and even though I eventually bought a more challenging horse, he was wonderful to have around. He was used for lessons by my instructor, and any friend I brought over could hop on him even if they'd never ridden before. He was wonderful for giving my young horse confidence. He was basically an all around wonderful horse.

He did require joint suppliments, and towards the end of his life we did have to call the vet and dentist out to treat him more often, but he was worth it. Last summer, we lost him and even though it was very sad, I cherish the years I had with him, and I was able to endure his death. I love reliving memories of him, and I love it when my old riding friends bring up the fun times we had with him.

Yes, go look at him and see if he's suitable for what you want to do. Don't let age stop you from seeing what could be a great horse.
    06-02-2010, 05:31 PM
I had a horse who lived to be 42 and my little four year old cousin would trot barrels on him. He still got excited when he went into that ring! Always wanted to run. I thought for sure he was going to break the record for oldest horse, but alas he passed away two years ago from colic.

There is no age that is "Too old" to consider. Just go look at him. Like Smrobs said, a good kids hors eis worth his weight in gold whether he be a miracle of a three year old or an ancient 42-year-old foot dragger. Just gotta get to know the horse.

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