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post #1 of 25 Old 12-30-2012, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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15 year old horse....

So we found a really nice horse and we've been talking to the lady and its a very nice farm that owns him but he is 15...how much longer do you think he could be ridden fully? We were looking for something under 12 but he sounds soo perfect, and really pretty!! What do you think about getting a 15yr old horse???
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post #2 of 25 Old 12-30-2012, 01:55 PM
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It depends entirely on the individual horse. Get a pre-purchase exam done by a vet to check for soundness issues and then take care of him.

Some horses will go until 30+, some don't stay rideable past 10. There's no way to know. If he's sound now, he has a good chance of staying sound for 5-10, even 15 more years, but again, there's no way to know. It takes the right balance of quality care and luck.
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15 is a great age. Old enough to be well-broke, but young enough to still see a lot of use. My old BO still uses his first horse, a 33yo QH named Skeeter, on his dude string. He's used only for young kids who are ponied, but he still goes on even the four hour rides.
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I bought a 14 year old Paint earlier this year. I plan to have several years of happy trails with her. A few years ago we bought an Appy for my husband and the horse was at least 20. He had 5+ years with the old boy.
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I think 15 is nicely seasoned, but it would depend on the horse's training, health, discipline you ride and your experience.

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post #5 of 25 Old 12-30-2012, 02:10 PM
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My youngest horse is 15, and I consider her young, my oldest is 42ish, he was my first horse, I got him at the age of 28 and rode him consistently until I got pregnant and stopped riding(6 years ago). My point is, I don't consider a horse old until they get to about 40 lol. Blue(my old guy) could still be ridden if it weren't for a injury that happened a little over a year ago, and it would take a while to build his muscle back up. Other then the slight hitch in his gait from that injury he would be completely sound and willing to work(and still crazy enough to gallop me home the second I let my guard down on the trail). My finial horse is in his early 20's and is also completely sound and a very easy keeper.

In closing, I think 15 is a great age, actually if anything I consider them a bit young
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post #6 of 25 Old 12-30-2012, 02:14 PM
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15 is still young! I bought my first horse last year and she is 24 and going strong. There is a 32 year old horse at the barn that still goes on weekly trail rides. I hope to still be riding my horse when she is 32!
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post #7 of 25 Old 12-30-2012, 02:17 PM
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It so depends on how they are built and how they've been used for the last 10 years or so. I mean, have they been used hard? or have they been a pasture ornament? Both are not so good for longivity.

the first horse I lease was 19 when I started riding her. She was an Arab, so 19 is nothing for her. However, since she'd been mainly a pasture ornament for the last 9 years, she ended up becoming arthritic pretty quickly being ridden actively. In hindsight, I should have been a bit more respectful of her age at the time, such as warming her up and cooling her out better, and not letting her Arab hotness mean that I would let her run as much as she wanted to.

I am now riding an Appy who has been ridden all his life and is well built. I started riding him at 14. He had no end of stamina. Now, he is 19 and needs a warm up walk before any cantering. But, he still has a lot of go, and if I had time to keep him in better shape, he'd be hardly noticeabley different from 14.
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Ours are 21 and 22, and we are loping and will soon get involved in for-fun barrel racing.

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My fav lesson horse is actually about 20 I think and acts 10! Hes an appendix...apparently this horse has been owned by them for 3 years and has been used as a lesson horse, but out of a lot of their horses he's been used the least because he doesn't jump (which im ok with). She said he's gone on some hunter paces and has always been 100 percent sound, never lame.
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post #10 of 25 Old 12-30-2012, 03:02 PM
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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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