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post #1 of 27 Old 01-21-2013, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Older/Senior Horses

I have been told that an older horse is great for beginners, and a good one is a true treasure when found. I would like to hear about older horses (18+) that have brought special joy to those that own them.
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post #2 of 27 Old 01-21-2013, 07:26 PM
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I bought my first horse last year. She is approx. 23 years old. I couldn't have asked for a better first horse.

I had major confidence issues before I bought her, due to two very serious horse related injuries.

Isabella has been a great confidence builder. She has plenty of "giddy up" and likes to move out quickly but she has a great "whoa".

She is smart enough to try and test me which has allowed me to learn to not be a pushover. She will still get angry when I ask her to do something she doesn't feel like doing but her version of a temper tanturm is very mild. She has no buck, rear, or kick in her at all.

Her spook consists of a spin and a bolt....and then she stops after about 4 steps. Something I have no problem dealing with.

I do have to invest in joint supplements but I find she does better with consistent trail riding to keep her moving.

I think I have the perfect horse!
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I have a 19 year old horse and we used to barrel race every where but now he's to old and slow. He loves to swimm and I enjoy riding him because I don't have to worry about him bucking cause he's to old :) I think begginers should start with an older horse. Umm you also connect with them better than a young wild horse.
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post #4 of 27 Old 01-21-2013, 07:35 PM
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I love my old ones. I have ancient horses 30+ yrs. 18 is still young.
They are wise enough to be over the spooks, they require dental, deworming, and maybe some extra feed. Most of them dont like being yanked on , and get pissy if they are bothered . Some are sweet and others are grumpy.
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post #5 of 27 Old 01-21-2013, 07:38 PM
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I have a 19 year old horse and we used to barrel race every where but now he's to old and slow. He loves to swimm and I enjoy riding him because I don't have to worry about him bucking cause he's to old :) I think begginers should start with an older horse. Umm you also connect with them better than a young wild horse.

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Just because a horse is 19 doesn't mean it cant buck, if it is bad shape that's another thing but age doesn't not mean a horse cant buck. And not all young horses are wild.
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post #6 of 27 Old 01-21-2013, 07:52 PM
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My vet actually said for his age he is in great shape but he does get spooked alot but he hasn't bucked in 4 years and sometimes I push him past his normal exercises. And he's fine with it. I think he just knows he will get more work when he bucks me off. Cause that's how he was trained when barrel raceing he would buck me off and run for the barn. What's funny I'd cause he is a pasture horse not a stall horse but I mean you can never be sure with somethings. Right?
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post #7 of 27 Old 01-21-2013, 10:17 PM
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So you are saying that he is capable of bucking you off, at 19...witch you say before that he couldn't do that because he was 19. Being a pasture horse has nothing to do with him running to the barn. He probably ran to the barn because he knows it means no work
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I have a 24 year old QH that was my first horse. He is as bombproof as any horse can possibly get. We ride down the highway with full loaded logging trucks going by and doesn't even flinch. He is perfect for any beginner. Always listens, never tests. He babysits my kids when they are with me and will run off my other horse away from my kids. They will play hide and go seek with him, they hide he wanders around to find them. This past weekend we went for a trail ride and I was on an isolated part of the trail. He suddenly froze on all fours, head went high and he started snorting, which is very unlike him. I turned and looked in the bush to one side and saw a cougar walking away from us. Luke never moved and when I asked him to move off he walked. Once we got to the road, I dismounted and walked him back to the barn to cool him off. It was about a 20 minute walk down some side roads. I tuck his reins into his bridle and he walks along side of me and stops and follows me where ever I go. Near the end of the walk he was falling behind, but always stayed with me. I was thinking how extra special he is as I was walking about 40 feet ahead of him down the driveway to the barn. The BO just stood there and laughed. I trust him 100% and he has never took one step wrong with me. I often get a little teary eyed when I think how much time we have together as he is getting older. I don't think I will ever be able to replace him.
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My lesson horse Ben is 22 very nice horse and paitent

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My girl is 28 and probably my favorite thing everrrr.

All my friends joke that she's a unicorn, and really, she could be a unicorn.
She loves loves loves kids, the smaller the better, and she's excruciatingly gentle with them, which really amazing since she's also mostly blind.
I teach little kids how to ride on her which is great for both of us since it gets me enough $ to pay for all her expenses and she gets to have "kid time".

She's also super sassy and will pull tricks if she thinks you can handle it, but never if she senses that you're nervous/off balance/whatever. She has an impeccable perception for what's going on within someone. I can basically tell what's going on with each one of my lesson kids after watching them ride her, based solely on her behavior.

I really just cannot describe how cool this horse is.

In the 4 years I've owned her, one person has fallen off her, once. I've never fallen off. She seems to take people falling off as a personal affront and refuses to allow it.
For instance, one time, a few years ago, I was riding her bareback (important detail = she had a roached mane at the time) with just a halter and lead rope - neck reining one direction, direct reining the other. We were going along and suddenly a deep (2-3ft deep) ditch appear in front of us. I urged her over it but she misjudged the width of the ditch, and "fell" in. Her butt was in the air, one front leg was down in the ditch, the other was bent underneath her, I saw the ground coming up and prepared myself to eat dirt.
SUDDENLY, I was thrown up in the air and was again squared over Lacey's back with a painfully throbbing thigh+calf, but I was on her back.
I have absolutely NO idea HOW she did it, but she managed to get me back on her back, and herself out of that hole, after I had fallen off her back so far that I had a bruise on my calf from her withers.

That's one ride I wish I had been videotaping!!

She's just incredible. I would not trade her for the whole world.
She has her faults but when I need her to be a beast, she's a beast. She means the world to me.

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Rest peacefully, Lacey.
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