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        06-29-2011, 10:04 PM
      #11
    Showing
    I'd look at both to see which one you like the best. I rode 20 yo horse for my dressage lessons during winter (when I can't trailer my own horses), and oh, boy, she went. You'd NEVER tell she's 20! Just keep going and going and going (in fact very few people ride her because of that - quite an attitude and personality). So if your heart will fall to 18 yo don't pass because of the age!
         
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        06-29-2011, 11:05 PM
      #12
    Showing
    Our BO still has his first gelding, who is now 32, on his dude string. The trainer even uses him for lessons with younger kids. He's rock-solid and dead broke, but he still has get-up-and-go when asked. In fact, you wouldn't be able to pick him out of the dude string.
         
        06-29-2011, 11:25 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    If the 18 year old had good conformation, he's likely to keep going for a good long time.

    If the 8 year old has iffy conformation, he might not make it to 18 sound.

    Or vice versa.

    I have an 18 year old grade QH mare who is my lifer, but pretty much is topped out at 2nd Level dressage because of the way she is built.

    I have a friend who has an 18 year old Percheron/TB with awesome confo (also is about 3/4ths blind) and yesterday after they did a flying change he sprang up into the air and galloped off! He was having a grand old time. I mean she still lunges him in the wintertime when it's brisk so he can galavant and get some bucks out before she gets on. Because of the way he's put together, he can do flying changes, half pass, etc. with ease. And he (like my mare), is not on anything other than grass and hay.

    Just some examples for you! :) I hope you find the right horse.
         
        06-30-2011, 05:30 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    My mom's horse was started at 20, did barrel racing and is now learning english at 27... so no, 18 is not old. But it depends on the horse =)
         
        06-30-2011, 09:16 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    I just bought a 19 year old today. I did do a vet exam, and didnt expect him to pass the flexion tests with flying colors. What sold me was he knew his job,and knew it well. His temperament couldnt be beat, and he is quiet qiet quiet. Look at both and see which suits you best.
         
        07-01-2011, 08:09 AM
      #16
    Foal
    We bought Big Al just one month ago. We were told he was 12 years old. Turns out he is in the high teens per our vet.

    Well, I am glad we took their word on his being 12. We may have passed on the best horse in the world due to his age.

    He is a been there, done that horse. Al will not surprise you, he is what he is. A solid rock. By 17 a horse is pretty much what he is going to be. We wanted a nice, calm, gentle guy with get up and go when we want it. He was used as a security horse last year at the county fair. One of the biggest fairs in the country. Parking lot patrol till 2am included.

    I thank God every day for leading us to this wonderful boy. When we go out for trail rides, I know we will both come back to the barn together. We flushed out a wild turkey last evening....Al didn't care. Deer are numerous where we ride. Al does not care. And therefore, I don't anticipate being thrown by a startled horse.

    I would never turn down a horse for being older. In fact, if we ever have another horse, age will be a factor. At least 15.

    I hope you give the older guy due consideration....confidence is everything.
         
        07-01-2011, 02:35 PM
      #17
    Foal
    OK-about the 18 year old, it appears that he recently had some issues. The owner had taken him to her regular Vet, and then she furthered it by taking him to a specialist and surgeon. They did xrays and ultrasounds. He apparently has a bone fragment that the surgeon said he would not even bother taking out. He also has osteoarthritis. With that diagnosis they injected him and then put him on rest for 6 month-ish. He has been cleared since March to full activity and they have resumed jumping him, something I do not intend to do. As for the other horse, he appears to have pretty nasty hooves, with large shoes and pads on the front. AND THEN, I find a 12 year old, video looks great, personality is stellar, he is trained in Dressage and showing and getting nice scores, my trainer likes him, but when I call he also has a ton of baggage, an old suspensory injury, and gets sore when jumping. Thoughts? I think this search could take months, which is fine as I keep lessoning.
         
        07-01-2011, 03:15 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I personally would pass, it took me almost 8 months to find my new boy, I went to look at 4 or 5 others too. I would keep looking, you'll find a new horse eventually! And better to wait and find one who is sound!
         
        07-01-2011, 03:32 PM
      #19
    Trained
    In that case the 18 year old is way overpriced to me, and I would probably walk on all of those so far.

    Horse shopping can be a nightmare, but then so can dating, both times you are trying to find a perfect partner, and in both cases you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince
         
        07-01-2011, 03:46 PM
      #20
    Super Moderator
    The 18 year old would be good if he were priced around 800-1000 with his medical issues. I would steer clear of a suspensory injury, although... you don't plan to jump...

    Keep looking is my suggestion.
         

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