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post #1 of 5 Old 11-11-2008, 02:23 AM Thread Starter
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Average Life Expectancy

So this may be a really dumb question, but I was talking to my dad about how long icelandic horses can live, and he asked whether it was like with dogs--how the larger the horse the shorter their life span. I wasn't sure. Do the smaller horses generally live longer than the larger ones?
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-11-2008, 04:25 AM
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I think so, that's what I have heard anyway. Not 100% sure though...

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post #3 of 5 Old 11-11-2008, 05:19 AM
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I have always been told minis can live as long as 60 years compared to bigger horses average in their late 20's to early 30's.

I have not had the chance to meet a 60 year old mini, the oldest one I know of that I have seen is 23 and I do not see him making it to 60 due to health problems.

You know how to make a miniature horse even smaller? Leave them in the dryer a little longer!
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-11-2008, 12:48 PM
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I've always heard that ponies and minis live longer than full size horses. It is common to see a pony in their 30's whereas it's much more rare to see a full size horse in its 30s

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post #5 of 5 Old 11-11-2008, 02:01 PM
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i believe that to be true...same with dogs really - the little ones seem to always outlive the bigger ones.

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