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post #1 of 13 Old 03-02-2011, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Cool can anyone tell me how old can a horse get?

Can anyone tell me how old can a horse get ?
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post #2 of 13 Old 03-02-2011, 05:29 PM
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There isnt an exact age that a horse just kills over at, just like with people or dogs, or cats. However, the average lifespan is 15-20 years for racehorses/feral horses, and 25-30 years for domesticated, lightly worked horses. Still- there can be exceptions =] our farm owns a 43 year old quarterhorse who is still thriving, and the oldest horse ever recorded was in its sixties!

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post #3 of 13 Old 03-02-2011, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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thanks you my friend has one that is 42 and had stroke
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post #4 of 13 Old 03-03-2011, 04:56 AM
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Yeah there isn't a definite age but I know someone who has an old boy who is either in his late thirties or early forties. Old competion horse who over the last few years they swear wont make it through winter but he always pulls through sweet old thing. I also have a girl whose 27.

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The old barn I rode at has a 35 year old appy that they are STILL using as a lesson horse...he is in wonderful shape for his age.

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post #6 of 13 Old 03-03-2011, 09:00 AM
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There was a unconfirmed TB that was 54 years old a couple years ago.

Unconfirmed as the JC wanted the owners to ship it to them across country to verify the tattoo. The owners refused stating that it would be harmful to ship at its age. It was born as a direct son of Nasrullah ( spelling is off here) who was a top sire in the 50's
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post #7 of 13 Old 03-03-2011, 08:22 PM
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A horse in Croatia died about a year ago at the age of 50.
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post #8 of 13 Old 03-04-2011, 03:45 AM
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i had a little welsh mountain pony and when i was 6 i use to ride him and he use to buck and i currently have a clydesdale and he is 32 and he bolts
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post #9 of 13 Old 03-04-2011, 08:03 PM
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The farm I work at has a 38 year old TWH who used to be used as an competitive endurance horse. Wicked smart and pampered, he earned it too.

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post #10 of 13 Old 03-07-2011, 08:01 PM
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As everyone else has pointed out, it will vary and there are exceptions in every breed, but the average lifespan for a domestic horse in the U.S is about 30-35 years. There are tons of factors that go into how long a horse will live. Ponies tend to average slightly longer lifespans frequently living into their 40's. I would say the horse mentioned who had a stroke has exceeded the average and had a good long life

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