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    01-24-2013, 08:11 AM
Pumpkin will be turning 21 this year. My family has owned him since he was 7 and I started riding him when he was around 15. He gave me a hell of a time. Being out to pasture all his life, and me with almost no previous horse experience, I had my share of tears and pain. Bucking, bolting, stopping, swerving and throwing me off were a common thing. He has mellowed out in the past year, though still will provide me with a few tests to see if I am on the ball. He is a great beginners horse - he will do anything to make sure you stay on, and have the greatest patience. But once you can competently canter, he will teach you to have the best seat by pulling those not so wanted moves. He has no intention of being loved on. He only wants your company. He is very dominant still, always testing your ability to be alpha. He has so much heart for doing things he loves, but it has to be his idea. If I say jump, he'll do it, but try to dictate how high.

He has been the best way for me to learn to ride and handle horses, even though I bit off more than I could chew. However he has taught me so many important lessons which are not only relevant to horse riding and owning. If I had to go through all the tears, pain, injuries and tough lessons again, I would.

We had our first competition last November, him at age 20, thanks to an amazing trainer that we could only be with for three months. The last photo is bad quality, sorry about that, but we are jumping one meter.
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    01-24-2013, 09:28 AM
18 is young! I wouldn't hesitate to look at one that age. I've said it before many times, I LOVE my oldies! All of my seniors but one, were born here on the farm and I've spent their entire lives with them. They are very near & dear to my heart.

Hondo is my old man, he will be 31 in March. I am a couple years his senior so we literally grew up together. He is and always has been my favorite horse to ride. He's getting a bit sway backed these days so I only occasionally hop on him bareback for a few minutes but he still gets rode a couple days a week by my lesson kiddos. He taught me a lot about handling stallions during breeding season, was my first stallion I showed and I won my first AQHA All-Around title with him. At this point, he's family. He has been a constant in my life, that old man has caught many tears of mine over the years.

Jana is 26, was my youth reining horse and general all-arounder. She's a fantastic old lady. Broke,broke, broke to the nines and the epitome of a babysitter. She is one that won't do anything (even if asked) that she feels a small rider can't handle BUT she still has mega motor for any competent adult that asks. I could run barrels and turn her over to my kiddo coming out of the arena and she'll walk with her head level and quiet as can be. Love her!

Buttons is 24, was my wp show mare for many, many years. She is not a babysitter, beginner horse. She is extremely well broke but is sensitive and doesn't tolerate rookie mistakes or anything but the quietest hands. I owe her a good amount of credit for teaching me the value of soft hands.

Then there is Missy, 21. My only not QH. She's my midlife crisis horse, a 16.2hh Hanoverian. She was a jumping schoolmaster for many years, is such a fun ride. She is great for beginners on the flat in the arena but is too much horse over a jump course for a little rider. I love my arena diva but she is a very poor excuse for a trail horse. She is learning to deal with all of the scaries that a woods provides but even in her old age, she is the queen of snort & scoot lol.
    01-24-2013, 10:33 AM
Originally Posted by corgi    
Love hearing about these senior horses....especially those being ridden in their 30's and even 40's! I already posted about mine, but here is a pic from yesterday.

I just have to say this is the COOLEST blanket ever!!!
    01-24-2013, 11:02 AM
Great stories everyone!
It saddens me tons when I see oldies being giving away. This thread is good for the spirits!
    01-24-2013, 11:08 AM
I agree Steff! There isn't enough money in the world to buy my oldies, let alone give them away. If I could afford a feed bill any bigger than it already is (darn hay burners lol) I'd take all the free oldies and have a big retirement pasture full of them!
    01-24-2013, 11:20 AM
Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
I agree Steff! There isn't enough money in the world to buy my oldies, let alone give them away. If I could afford a feed bill any bigger than it already is (darn hay burners lol) I'd take all the free oldies and have a big retirement pasture full of them!
Yup, I agree! When I had to (or am in the process of) downsizing, it is my three-six years olds that are for sale, not my 15+'s.
And maybe making room for more... Sshh!! LOL
    01-24-2013, 11:49 AM
My 18-year old has more spunk than my 8-year old! I wouldn't trade my older guy for the world and would never hesitate to buy a middle-age horse again. I figure we're both middle age together and we're both in the best shape of our lives enjoying it together.

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