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post #1 of 35 Old 08-25-2011, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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How would you react if you found out your horses age was different than you thought?

I've been contacting the appendix horse registry lately after sending them a payment for a tattoo search to find out information about my horse, as we don't have his papers. We sent the tattoo number and all he information we possibly could including his estimated age, which the vet gauged at around 14 years old.

The registry got back to me and said they found a horse that matched up to my horse including the tattoo number, from 1994! That would make him 17 years old! Holy cow, we had no idea my horse was so old! And I was just getting into eventing with him.

My question is how would you guys react if you found out your horse was older, or younger than you had thought? And if anyone has some advice on how to keep my horse in tip top shape through his aging that would be nice, he already has a weak back that we've been significantly working on strengthening and making good progress, but we certainly don't want him to develop a sway back, joint problems, etc! We were never prepared to own an older horse, we always thought he was only 13-14!

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post #2 of 35 Old 08-25-2011, 08:52 PM
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My opinion is that is really not old. 3 years older than you thought? Keep doing what your doing and enjoy him.
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post #3 of 35 Old 08-25-2011, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Its not old? Uh I have no idea when a horse starts becoming "old" like, i know their life span, but i have no clue when they classify as old. I guess i'm just over reacting to him being older than i thought.
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My coach has a 20/21 year old Aussie TB that still does the meter jumping classes....

Yes, he requires a bit more maintenance then a horse 7 years younger, but thats ok.

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What kind of maintenance does he require? More supplements, etc, etc?

I know some horses can compete well into their twenties, I want to keep my horse in great shape so that he can do that :)
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Like people, your horse is old when he starts to look/act/feel old. Many healthy horses can work hard well into their 20s. Some slow down earlier.
3 yrs different than you thought is not such a big deal. The longer you keep him active, the longer he will remain healthy and fit.
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Wouldn't bother me too much. 17 is relatively young.

Keeping them fit makes a huge difference. Just like active people. Good diet, all around maintenance care, farrier work, genetics, etc. all play a role in life span.

My old man is 29, 100% sound & healthy. He's still ridden several times a week and has even moved & worked some cattle recently. Only thing different for him than my others is he needs more frequent dental work & chopped hay.

I also have 2 mares in their 20s at 24 & 23, both very easy keepers. One has very mild arthritis and is easily managed on MSM & Desert Yucca.

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The guy I got Biscuit from really thought he was 6 years old about to turn 7. Biscuit was actually 9 turning 10. He wasn't trying to pull a fast one on me...he just wasn't that interested...didn't have his papers and was going off what someone else told him. So Biscuit was 3 years older than he told me but it didn't really matter to me. I did speak to the breeder and he gave me Biscuit's registration application so I know when Biscuit was foaled. He was 10 on April 22, 2011!!

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I agree with the above posts about 17 not being a big deal.

The other way on this, this summer we found out this Quarab gelding we thought to be 26 was actually about 18. He's still got more energy and speed than a 3 year old. He's currently getting a minor come to jesus, actually, because he needs to calm his butt down.
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I agree with the above posts about 17 not being a big deal.

The other way on this, this summer we found out this Quarab gelding we thought to be 26 was actually about 18. He's still got more energy and speed than a 3 year old. He's currently getting a minor come to jesus, actually, because he needs to calm his butt down.

LOVE the come to jesus comment, I always thought my horse was a little bit younger than the vet estimated, because he can get REALLY wiley, no excuses for that anymore ;P
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