Originally Posted by Jessa
Depends on the horse.
My mare is 20 yrs old, and was jumping 75 cm today, no worries. She's also just come back into work after time off and is loving it! She's done some PC, and is off to PC camp tomorrow with a friend :) Noone believes she's 20 (I have a pic if your interested)
Saying that, there was a 21 yr old standing next to my mare who I would classify as 'old'. He looked run down, didn't move so well, and wasn't enjoying it. I call my mare 'old girl' as a pet name .. but for me, it depends on what I want the horse to do .. 20 isn't old IMO
Age is a feeling, not a number ;)
Heck, my mare can outrun my 5 yr old ottb! LOL
Jessa, enjoyed reading your post! My girl T is also 20 and going strong and steady. Even with her loss of sight in her right eye, and partial sight loss in her left, she is calm and steady on the trail. Many younger horses tuck into her as she is very confident and calm and they benefit from her energy and example. These older horses that are fit and sound are such treasures for their rider as well as wonderful teachers for the youngsters around them. Many happy years to you and your girl!
The only thing I've had to do for T, and this has only been for the last 2 years, is add to her diet of hay and hay stretcher is a senior feed. She also goes barefoot and I have noticed that her hoof is not growing as quickly as in the past, so I will need to add hoof boots for some of the trails we ride on so as not to take her hoof down too far. But it's all good. You do need to keep your older horse exercised so as not to lose condition as it does take a little longer to bring them back into condition. However, she is also pasture kept during the day so she does move around quite a bit keeping herself fairly fit (just watch her dash around the pasture for the sheer joy of it).
Like other riders have posted, I wouldn't pass by a horse in their teens as a prospect.