Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The Bluegrass State
Definitely depends on the horse, and how they are cared for. I personally think there is a bit of tell in how they are trained as well, and at what age. For example, my old barn has a 37 year old Arabian, Star, that still gives beginner riding lessons twice a week. He was treated very well his whole life, and was trained very well.
Oatsy, my big man, is only 22. We got him at 19. BUT, his previous owner didn't give him any sort of care. The horses rarely got water, even. They would ride him hard and throw him in a field hot and sweaty. He did barrel racing, and they would run the pattern many, many times before doing just that. That said, Oats contracted BAD arthritis in his hocks at the tender age of only 15. Now we just do our very best to take excellent care of him, and he can get around perfectly as a pasture pet - but try to ride him too hard, you'll see it.
It depends on how they are cared for, IMO. Of course, there's the odd horse that gets arthritis at 7, but I think that might suggest bad breaking. Which is a whole other topic completely.
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