Older horse VS. Younger horse

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    01-23-2012, 09:35 PM
Older horse VS. Younger horse

Hi there,

I will be purchasing my first horse in a few months. I have been riding for 12 years and I've had many full leasing opportunities. Age is something I have thought a lot about lately. I don't want a green horse because there is not a whole lot of long term coaching available in my area. I've found a horse who has a lot of training and I could learn a lot from and he is in great shape, no health problems (my coach knows long time history of the horse). However, he just turned 17 years old. What is your view on whether or not this is too old? Will his age limit my riding?
I want the horse mostly for pleasure riding, hacking, some light jumping, under 3ft and basic dressage tests, maybe go in one or two shows per year for fun. He is an appendix QH.
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    01-23-2012, 09:38 PM
Green Broke
I'm a little confused - you say there is not a lot of long-term coaching in your area - but you also reference your coach knowing the history of the horse you are considering????

I, personally, wouldn't consider the horse as "old", but he is further along the path to that point than you might be able to find. For strictly trail/pleasure riding I'm more inclined to go with an older horse than for competitive stuff when I would rather stick to the 10'ish age range.
    01-23-2012, 09:40 PM
Sorry I should have been clearer on that statement. She is here for University, so will be leaving again in less then a year. People tend to come and go here a lot.
    01-23-2012, 09:41 PM
Green Broke
17 isn't that old. Our oldest is going on 17. We ride her regularly. Unless you want a horse that needs work and you know how to work with them, you'd be better off with an older horse, at least 10 or so
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    01-23-2012, 09:42 PM
So realistically how many years will I have left to ride him regulairly before vet bills start accumulating?
    01-23-2012, 09:52 PM
Green Broke
My mare is 21 and I have yet to have a regular vet bill. She is in amazing shape.

You will never once regret buying an older horse. They have more lessons to teach than anyone can say. 17 is far from being old, he's in his prime if somebody has been taking good care of him.
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    01-23-2012, 09:55 PM
From what I know and my coach knows about him, he has been well taken care of and the person who owned him for most of his life bought him when he was 4 and had him until he was 14. He has competed a lot in the hunters and jumpers but has no signs of lameness (I will still be getting a vet check obviously). Is it risky to buy a horse who was jumped for a number of years? Or is it okay as long as they were properly cared for?
    01-23-2012, 10:29 PM
I thought most jumpers were older?
    01-24-2012, 01:33 PM
Originally Posted by horsemom2be    
So realistically how many years will I have left to ride him regulairly before vet bills start accumulating?
I bought my first horse as a 3 yr. Old off the track (standardbred Pacer)
I rode him in everything at horse shows, and was never beat racing under saddle ......... he lived to be 32 yrs. Old
A 17 yr. Old horse if well cared for should give you quite afew years of enjoyment....
    01-24-2012, 04:55 PM
My 25-yr old has no vet bills other than from moonblindness in one eye, and this is controlled with cheap treatment every few months. He's still sound, sane, and willing, and still winning Championship classes at the county fair. As long as the horse you're looking at doesn't have any pre-existing health problems and is well-maintained, you shouldn't need to worry too much about teenage years.

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