Adopting An Older Horse--Opinions Appreciated
I have the opportunity to adopt a 25 year old Appaloosa gelding. He is sane, sound (a bit of arthritis in his knees, but am told it doesn't slow him down much), and experienced. He was used in a therapeutic riding program, shown at the State Fair and placed, is registered, and is an easy keeper. He is still lightly ridden, and I am told he needs a bit of bute only if he is ridden hard.
I will admit that fear is a part of why I haven't ridden in awhile--I had several small accidents on my horse Patches which have only contributed to my fear. My thought is this Appaloosa could help me gain more confidence riding horses again, since he has so much he could teach me.
Basically, his owner is offering to give him to me, due to family circumstances (his owner is a relative of mine, so I trust her completely). My dad and I are trying to decide if we should open our home, err pastures, to this Appy. All advice and opinions are appreciated. Thank you!
Last edited by iridehorses; 03-22-2010 at 12:13 PM.
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