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post #11 of 14 Old 04-30-2010, 03:46 AM Thread Starter
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Wow sounds like some fit old timers out there. I must admit after reading all the replies I feel a bit more comfortable now with the idea of the trail riding venture. Just got to get the float and floating down pat and I am off and running. Bit exciting. Thanks to all.
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post #12 of 14 Old 04-30-2010, 10:58 PM
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My vet always told me that when you quit riding them is when they deteriorate. Now I do have a 30 yr old that is retired and pretty crippled up with arthritis, but I rode my Arabs until they passed away (at ages 24 and 26, both died of colic). And my current riding horses are 16 and 17. I expect both to go at least into their early 20's, hopefully longer.
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post #13 of 14 Old 05-01-2010, 12:05 PM
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No, you're fine. I know a 42 (Yes, fourty-two.) year old gelding who still runs barrels...Not as fast as he used to, but still he does it. He was one of my old lesson horses and now he's building confidence on a little boy who got thrown last summer and is scared of his own horse. And Precious, my aunt's horse, is 28 and she still has a lot of get up and go. No worries, you're fine :)

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...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #14 of 14 Old 05-05-2010, 02:03 PM
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19 isn't old at all! My horse just turned 18 about a month ago. At my old and current barn, most of our horses are in the 20's and are doing just fine. We do trail rides at my barn with those horses and they're amazing, and at my old barn, I rode horses that were even 30 (just light riding, walking and trotting in lessons with some cantering). Age isn't much of a factor, it's his health that would hold him back. As long as he's healthy and happy, then go for it!

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