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        06-13-2011, 09:14 AM
      #31
    Foal
    I bought a 13 year old when I began riding at age 50. Today we are accident free, I am still learning, and loving our trail rides! My advice would be to not get so hung up on the age. Yes, I would have preferred a younger horse so I could count on a few more years together, but whether 10 or 13, it's just a number....look at what the animal has to offer you in the long run and what you can bring to the horse. Are you a match? At any age, safety is the number one concern. After that, for me personally, is the enjoyment factor. If I have to worry about safety, I can forget the enjoyment!
         
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        06-14-2011, 12:19 AM
      #32
    Weanling
    Green + green = black and blue. Green riders need experienced horses while experienced riders can handle a more green horse, just my opinion. Of course there are always exceptions. I would still consider myself novice and I've taken lessons on a barely 5 year old that was the oldest soul...but she still occasionally spooked just because the miles hadn't been put on her like say, a 15 year old. Have also ridden an 18 yo that was HOT and too much for me to handle. But I would think in general, the more years a horse has, the more miles and experiences it's had, as well. I look for horses between 10-18ish. 15 would be right up my alley.
         
        06-14-2011, 12:42 AM
      #33
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by Puddintat    
    Well I ended up finding Dancer and he's about 15. Dancer knows a lot but also tests me a lot so I still have to work on training. I think he's the perfect age for me and well suited for me.
    This thread popped back up on the new posts page and as I was reading the responses, I was wondering if you got that horse or found another one. Dancer sounds like a great horse and it sounds like you are enjoying him.
         

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