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post #11 of 20 Old 05-06-2012, 07:45 PM
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I agree with Wallaby I got my first horse when she was 25 now she is 27 going on 28 and we gave her to a friend to go on rides around is 50 acre property just because he wanted a solid reliable horse. She still have the mind of a 4 yr old though she slightly harder to keep weight on and her teeth were starting to go on her.

It depends on the horse this girl pepper ^ still has a lot of get up and go but I also new a 19 yr old who retired.

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post #12 of 20 Old 05-07-2012, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by rachel1786 View Post
i got my horse when he was 28, 14 years later i still have him, i did retire him about 5 years(he was about 37 when i retired him, he would still gallop all the way home from a trail ride lol) ago when i got pregnant, but i have ridden him since and he would be completely ride-able if it weren't for an injury to his hock that happened in october.


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post #13 of 20 Old 05-07-2012, 07:07 PM
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We stopped riding Toma (1970-2004, RIP) when he was about 28yo. Ro Go Bar (1982-2009, RIP) was getting feeble the last year of his life, so we didn't ride him. Corporal (1982-2009, RIP) had so much get up and go one year before his stroke in 2009 that he wouldn't stop jigging at the 145th National Gettysburg.
JUST keep in mind that older horses need long warmups and longer cool downs than younger horses. Otherwise, if they WANT to be ridden, do it. =D
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post #14 of 20 Old 05-07-2012, 07:46 PM
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I agree 100% with all the other posters. The oldest horse I know is 42 years old, and he is still used for the very young kids at the barn to learn how to barrel race. They tried to retire him but he got really anxious and stressed out, so he's back to packing the children around. And loving life :).
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post #15 of 20 Old 05-07-2012, 07:59 PM
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I agree with the other posters, and want to call attention to what Corporal said about warm up and cool down being very important with our older horses. So very true!

This thread has also given me a smile, as my girl is only 23 and so very full of herself! Hoping for many more fun years with her.

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post #16 of 20 Old 05-07-2012, 09:30 PM
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Totally agree that it depends on the horse.

Last year I was competing a 26 year old Thoroughbred at the preliminary level of eventing (about 3'7") and we were schooling intermediate level questions in show jumping and cross country (3'9") without any problems. He was a little harder to keep weight on and also required annual hock injections, but that's about the same as a lot of eventing horses half his age.
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post #17 of 20 Old 05-07-2012, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys for all your positive posts about older horses :) I have so often heard that you don't want to buy a horse over 20... I know think differently ;) Thanks again
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post #18 of 20 Old 05-07-2012, 10:46 PM
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FWIW, I went to a seminar on the care of the Senior Horse at EquineAffaire, and the vet who was giving the talk said that they don't consider that - for most horses, YMMV - "Senior" even begins until 25 these days. All the improvements in nutrition, hoof care, parasite control have really lengthened the active lifespan.

The other thing that she, and every other vet and trainer I've talked to, says is that the *best* thing you can do for older horse is ride them frequently. Not manically, but very regularly.

My boy is 18, and he might as well be 10. It takes him a little while to warm up some days, but once he's warmed up, he's good to go. His mind is sharp, he's enthusiastic, he's energetic.
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post #19 of 20 Old 05-07-2012, 11:03 PM
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Very cute horse! Never too old if the horse is sound etc.. go for it!
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post #20 of 20 Old 05-08-2012, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever View Post
Thank you guys for all your positive posts about older horses :) I have so often heard that you don't want to buy a horse over 20... I know think differently ;) Thanks again
The DOWN side of owning an aged horse is that you will be their caretaker during their last days. It rips you up. Still, you know that they aren't thrown away to die slowly and alone. Sorry, must be said--been there, done that.
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