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post #1 of 10 Old 01-08-2011, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Oh my goodness! Lacey's getting old... O.o

I just realized yesterday that this spring, Lacey is going to be turning 26. Geez. I feel like I've had her for so long but it's only been 3 short years.

There are times that I wish I could somehow change time around and make her be 15, or younger, since I feel like there's so much we could do and I feel like we're running out of time. But then I think about it and I realize that if I had gotten her any sooner I wouldn't have been ready for her at all.

And also on the plus side, I feel less guilty about just playing around with her. If she were younger I would feel driven to show or do something that shows off her potential, but as it is, her true physical potential is just unused and it will probably stay that way.

And then I realized that she's had more time to be a horse than I have had to be a human (I'm 20, 21 in September)! And that she was probably in training when I was born so she probably has had more time to understand humans than I have. That's just crazy.

I dunno, she's my baby and I love her to death. I just hope she lives to be 40! That's what I tell her, I've told her that she has to live to be 40 or until I get married and have kids so that my kids can learn to ride on her. I just hope she follows through.

Anyway, random post! Are there any other oldsters out there turning prominent numbers?

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Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-08-2011, 01:23 PM
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With as well as you take care of her, I wouldn't be surprised at all if she lives to be 40.

My guys are both young and idiotic. (Vic's turning 11 in March and Norman will be 7 in April). I'm kind of afraid Victor will still be a miscreant when he's 30. O.o Dear Lord, what have I gotten myself into?! lol

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The horse I used for competitive trail riding turned 30. Then she slipped coming out of her stall and she broke her leg. Had to be put down. She was in great condition though and was probably going to get much older! I rode her in competition until she was 29
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post #4 of 10 Old 01-08-2011, 02:03 PM
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Lacey loves you, she'll live til SIXTY if you ask her

I don't know any of my horses' birthdays except the Thoroughbreds and they're still young, but Artie will be 24 sometime this year.
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My heart horse lived well into his 30's and was ridden competitively by me until he was 29. When I retired him, he was still in his prime and willing to do anything I asked of him. His last show season he was a top gaming horse. Like lacey, he never looked very old at all. His 'tell' was that when I bought him, he had an embedded halter. So for the rest of his days he carried a white 'halter'. Here is my boy at 29 teaching my friends son about horses. And because I love him so...here he was at 32 begging for food...starving I tell you!
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Aww thanks guys! I wish she'd live to 60! That'd be so cool.
I don't know her exact birthday but I figure it's in the spring. For all I know, she could have been a winter baby and she could already be 26! haha

Cori- Your boy looks like he was such a sweetheart! I'm such a sucker for brown geldings. And yeah, he looks SO emaciated. You obviously never fed him. ;) LOL!

Jessabel- Victor sounds like quite the character! I bet he's glad you love him. :)

I'm terrifed for the day I have to have her put down. I hope to goodness that she goes peacefully in her sleep one day and I just go to her pasture and find her "sleeping". I don't think I could handle watching someone put her down but at the same time, I don't think I would every forgive myself if I left.

She's hilarious, today I took her midweight blanket off to stick it in the car to take down to my house so I could re-waterproof it and she was giving me the whole "WTH, woman?????! It's 40 degrees out, I'm FREEEEEEZZZING." range of faces. It was really hilarious. She was highly displeased and she was letting me know. Then, when I actually left her field to put the blanket in that car, oh boy, that was SO NOT ok. But then I came back, fed her, and put her other blanket on and she realized that she had, in fact, survived that highly sketch ordeal. She's such a drama queen, I love it.

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Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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post #7 of 10 Old 01-08-2011, 07:29 PM
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I honestly don't see Miss Lacey walking across the rainbow bridge anytime soon.
Of course, here is Miss Thelma, who will be 23 this year. I am looking forward to many years with her and couldn't be happier to have her with me.
Her full sister, Melody, turns 31 this year and is going strong, so I've got high hopes for a long life with her.
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post #8 of 10 Old 01-09-2011, 01:31 PM
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My old boy Bishop is 25 this year, and my instructor's horse Blackjack is 27 this year... You wouldn't think it, Bishop took my friend to Nationals last year for jumping, and Blackjack acts like a 4 year old on the trails :)

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post #9 of 10 Old 01-09-2011, 02:01 PM
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My beloved old pony kept going until he was 33 and was put down at 35. In his late 20s he was still going to Pony Club rallies and fox hunting. He really didn't even get "ripe" until he was in his 20s, in his teens he was still a pistol and a handful to ride.

Just remember, more horses rust out than wear out. As long as Lacey has a job and good care; she'll keep going. She truly does not look her age.
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post #10 of 10 Old 01-09-2011, 02:15 PM
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there's a horse at my barn that's 40 =) good old Leo, he's sooo good for the kids.
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