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    07-26-2012, 12:20 AM
Geez. Tell that to the retired Thoroughbreds lounging about the pastures on Kentucky retirement farms. Most horses are just as happy being pasture puffs as they would be under saddle, and honestly, most retired horses have deserved their rest! There is a time when a horse is simply too old to comfortably carry a rider, whether that time comes at 15 or 35.

You wouldn't ask your grandmother to start training for a marathon at 90. If she wants to go out and take a walk around the block, sure, why not? But it is taxing on a physically aged horse to be ridden, and it doesn't take a horrible injury to do it.

About the "taking the fun out" line, taking the fun out of life for who? You, or the horse?
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    07-26-2012, 12:25 AM
Wow that was hard to watch! Who are these people that "ask her all the time"? I really can't see why anyone, other then one of her peers, would ask someone so young anything(not that all young people are un-knowledgeable) but she makes it seems like SO many people ask her opinion. Kind of annoying
    07-26-2012, 12:37 AM
Yeah, I didn't even get halfway through the video. She made that "People ask me all the time!" comment and I had to resist closing the window. I'm sure her barn manager needs her input before retiring a severely arthritic 26 year old gelding.
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    07-26-2012, 12:48 AM
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People probably ask her all the time "what makes you think you know what your talking about...your like 12..."
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    07-26-2012, 01:02 AM
If your horse is tired because it's old that's ok, just give it electrolites!

Sure.. give it electrolites if it needs them... but if your horse is old and tired... consider doing less. Maybe even nothing.

I don't think horses need retired by a certain age, or that once they've been retired they should never be brought back into work if things change... but know your horse.

I know my 28yro TB isn't up for the same riding she used to be... Trailrides are harder for her now so we have to take it easy but they tend to bring her back to life a bit and she eats better and jut does better in general when she's being ridden so for now I'll still push her a bit if she feels to sleepy to go on a trailride, as long as there's no sign of lameness or pain causing her disinterest. She usually changes her mind part way through the trail anyway.

I do look at it the same as I would for an older person, they don't need to be out working or jogging but if they can continue to stay active as much as possible for as long as possible it does help their health and overall well being. Even if they don't enjoy the actual exercise, they enjoy the benefits.
    07-26-2012, 01:32 AM
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    07-26-2012, 02:35 AM
I made this thread as an oppurtunity for everybody to share their opinions on the topic of "Retiring Horses," I certainly did not make it as an oppurtunity for people to make fun somebody.

Making fun of the way she looks, talks and acts is certainly not something I expected to come from this thread and I find it disrespectful and uncalled for.

I know (or at least hope) that you all are bigger people than that.
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