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post #1 of 12 Old 01-09-2010, 02:29 AM Thread Starter
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What age is too old to ride?


were going to look at a horse soon and he is 25.

the owner said that although he is 25 arabs have a lifespan of 40. and he is still very energetic, lots of go left in him

i really like the sound of this horse and ive been waiting forever for my mum to agree to actually go see a horse for sale.

so if we did get him would i still be able to ride him?

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post #2 of 12 Old 01-09-2010, 03:38 AM Thread Starter
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also, if we do get him what should i feed him?
when should he be introduced to the other horses?
when should i ride him (i know not on the day he arrives at his new home)?
what should i do when he gets to his new home?

this is my first horse and i want to do everything right
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It ALL depends on the condition of the horse and I would suggest feeding him a Senior feed.
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he is in good condition the owner said. she said his health is going great
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-09-2010, 04:25 AM
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Get a vet check first. It would be well worth it.
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ok thankyou. what about my other questions
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When you go look at him, make sure that you ride him and handle him on the ground. A VERY thorough vet check is a must on a horse that age. When you get him home, I would put him on free choice grass/alfalfa mix hay and a good balanced senior feed for added nutrients and maybe a joint supplement as a preventative. Nowadays, 25 really isn't that old and horses are living to be older and older all the time. There are some considerations to take when owning a horse that is "elderly"; their body heat regulator doesn't work as well as younger horse's so they get hot faster and it takes longer for them to cool off. There is more risk for health problems cropping up, they sometimes are harder to keep weight on. However, all that can be managed with proper care, handling, and feed.

As for what you should do with him the first few days; if he was mine, I would probably ride him that first day but a lot of people don't agree with that. You could do some hand walking/grazing, working with him on ground manners, messing with his feet, grooming him, maybe a small amount of lunging if you want. Just spend time with him and try to connect. I would watch his reaction to the new surroundings and depending on how he reacted, I would advise you to wait anywhere from a couple of days to around a week before riding him the first time.

Do you have a way to keep him separated from the rest of the horses but where he would still have access to them, like an adjoining paddock, or could you put a pen inside the area where the others are? That way, he could get to know them but still has a security curtain to protect him from them. If not, you could always just take him out and turn him loose with them and keep a very close watch for the first couple of hours and during feeding time.

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Agreed, check with the vet for sure!
My school horse Camy is 26 and she is just one full blast :)
Does trail rides and everything still!

So I'm sure if you're horse is up for it, you can ride it if it's conditions and health are good enough for it!
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As the owners what they are feeding him. If he's in good health, looks and feels great then whatever they are using is probably working just fine. I would definitely suggest a senior feed if he's not on one.

Ask them about his teeth, how often are they floated and how is he with chewing hay and grain.

I don't usually ride a horse the first day I bring it home, but I have. I know alot of people like to give them a few days to settle but I don't think it really matters all that much. What you do want to consider is that it usually takes a horse about 2 weeks to feel comfortable enough in new surroundings to show their oats.

As for introducing to the herd, I'm bad about it. I put them in a pen right next to the rest and then I usually intergrate them in a week or two. The more correct thing to do would be something more like keeping them completely seperated from the others for about 3 weeks (isolation to make sure they don't have kooties) I don't have the facilities to do that though....

As for a vet check... at 25 I would probably just do the $100 one and then if the vet sees issues then I would pay for x-rays.

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