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        04-09-2011, 07:01 PM
    Green Broke
    Need opinions!

    So I went and seen the supposide '15 year old red qh mare' that is for free. Well come to find out she is really 23. But she was drop dead gorgeous. You could of never of told she was 23 just by looking at her, she looked about 10! I didn't ride her yet I'm going back tomorrow to ride her. My problem was that she is 23 and I'm looking for something younger that I can (somewhat) grow up with so automatically from the get go when I found out she was 23 I didn't want to look at her anymore. I assumed she was too old to do whetever it is I want to do. But the info I got on her was she's had 2 owners her whole life she's reg QH I think she's got doc o lena ans doc bar lineage. She was a barrel racer in her younger years and use to show but she hasn't done that in a very long time but she will still bend a pole as if she was 10 years old again. She does not like trailering very much and she is quiet enough to put a 3 year old on her. Now my question...well "delemma" if you will is I don't even know if its practical to get a 23 year old horse because I pretty much want to do it all and I don't know how much she could do at that age. And I'm especially worried about arthritis and things of that nature. Even though I still consider myself somewhat of a beginner rider I've been around horses since I was 3 I was just never tought properly how to ride. But on the ground I'm pretty expierenced...(If that makes any sence??) Lol so that is my problem and its kinda bugging me. But I know you guys on here will be able to help me out. Thank youu (:
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        04-09-2011, 07:09 PM
    I can understand your hesitation. I think your best bet will be a thorough pre-purchase exam by a vet that you trust. It is getting more and more common to see horses being competative up into their 30s. I would start with the PPE and move on from there. If she's clean on that, then there is really no reason why she wouldn't be suitable for what you would want. Being her age, it probably wouldn't hurt to keep her on a joint supplement as a preventative but past that, she should be just fine. Don't count her completely out. Go and give her a good ride and if she is just what you are looking for, then take that next step.
        04-09-2011, 07:10 PM
    It really comes down to what you want. Arthur's 24 now, and at times he acts like the 3-yr old he was when he bought him, but I can definitely tell he's getting older. I still do a lot with him, galloping, jumping, some gymkhana, trail riding, etc., but if I'm going on a serious hack I'll opt for one of the TBs just because he can do it, but it's not the most comfortable thing for him anymore.

    My concern is that the seller lied and says she was 8 years her junior. What else could she be covering up?
        04-09-2011, 07:20 PM
    Green Broke
    No they didnt lie. Its a friend of my grandfathers friend and my grandfathers friend THOUGHT he said she was 15 but missunderstood and she is really 23. The current owners have had her for 16 years and seriously have asked me a million and ten questions about my expectations for a horse because all they are concerned about is finding her a good home being she is free. But who knows maybe they don't think ill be a good fit for her...but I was totally pissed when I found out she was 23 because I know when horses get in their older age they can be healthy as can be and all of a sudden get arthritis or something...thats just my main concern. Like im majorly worried about something like that because she is older and she was barrel raced in her younger years. But from what they told me she's so easy to ride a 3 year old can get on her and you know theyd be safe. Im just really really sceptical.
        04-09-2011, 07:21 PM
    Ahh, okay. Thanks for clearing that up
        04-09-2011, 07:30 PM
    If nothing else, she might be a good starter horse for you. After a few years when you have gained more confidence and are more proficient in the saddle, you may be ready for something younger with a bit more spunk.
        04-09-2011, 07:36 PM
    Green Broke
    Thats what I was thinking...kinda starting from the beginning all over again while I have the chance with a good horse. Im just weary on how old she is idk why its bothering me so much.
        04-09-2011, 07:38 PM
    Green Broke
    If you like her, get a vet pre-purchase exam done and then go from there. There might be something that the exam brings to light that will bring the debate to a moot point and you will know for sure that she is not right for you. Or you may find that she is good and sound, then you can decide.
        04-09-2011, 07:39 PM
    It's perfectly normal to have reservations about an older horse. I would be skeptical as well, but if she's a great horse and she's sound, then she will likely remain so for a fairly long time. Of course, the care for an older horse is more extensive than it is for a younger one, but with proper care, you might be surprised at how long she'll stay rideable.
        04-09-2011, 10:35 PM
    Green Broke
    Thank you guys, youve really helped me alot.!

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