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post #1 of 17 Old 02-07-2010, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Why does she have to be so old? Dang sneaky years.

I just realized this morning that this spring Lacey is turning 25.
I have no clue when her birthday is so last year I kinda decided that it was in May because May is a pretty month. But yeah, she's old.

It makes me kinda sad to realize that because, mathematically, when you round 24 you get 20 and 20 isn't TOO old but when you round 25...there's really no way to get around that 25 turns into 30 and that 30 is old.

It just kinda feels like it's all downhill from this year, the beginning of the end, so to speak. And I hope to goodness that I'll have ten more years with her because I feel like I've barely started to know her. And I want to be able to baby her completely and ridiculously (more so than I already do) for AT LEAST the last two years of her life so she can't die before I'm richer and can board her (or have her at home) in a swanky barn with daily turn out when the weather is nice, and big box stalls for her to be in at night and it rains/is windy/snows, whatever. This barn also must have other older horses for her to be buddies with and it must also have people who will adore her personality as much as I do. None of this "she's so feisty and annoying!" junk, that's ok for me to say but that's because I "own" her.
I'll obviously need at least three years to find this perfect barn.

I don't want my baby doll to be old! *stomps foot* And then her dumb old owner telling me she was 21 until I was so emotionally invested in Lacey that I could care less that she was really 23, when I found out the truth.

Darn it anyway.

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post #2 of 17 Old 02-07-2010, 04:23 PM
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That's the sucky thing about buying senior horses. They're so sweet and docile and wise, but you won't have them around as long as you would a young horse. It doesn't have to be the end, though. There's a 32 year old mare at my barn and she's doing great. Lacey looks really nice, and I wouldn't be surprised if she has another good 10 years in her.

There was a little paint pony at the barn a long time ago, and she was almost 42 when she died. She came from an abusive situation and had a crippled leg. But her new owners took great care of her and they rode her all the time. So if that pony that came from a bad home can live to be 42, I don't see why a well-maintained horse can't live to a really good age.

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PFFFT. Horses can live past 30. Have a little faith!

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post #4 of 17 Old 02-07-2010, 05:19 PM
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She seems like she has plenty of time left, no worries, just cherish her now every day and let it be all the more reason to spend as much time as you can with her!

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post #5 of 17 Old 02-07-2010, 05:25 PM
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She'll be just fine. And no matter what, you are giving her a good life! She adores you as much as you love her!
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If she is maintaing a healthy weight, good muscle tone, regular working/teeth/feet then she'll be fine. With the senior horse you do need to give them a little more careful attention than those under say 20, but just because she's 25 doesn't mean she's going to drop off the perch any time soon. As long as she well maintained and kept moving then she theoretically should be fine for another good 10 years ;)
So don't start worrying yet, there's plenty of time left with her :)
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I think people over react ALOT when they're horse hits 20+

Dream is 24 years old, my mom and I worried about her for so long....for no reason other than her being 24! LOL I mean if you just ask yourself why you're worried and say "well oh because they are __ years old" it sounds so silly.

Really, you need to look at your horse like you don't know it's age. Dream is FULL of life and attitude, she freaks out when other horses are getting tacked up in front of her, the LAST thing she'd ever want is to be retired (unless that of course meant her starting up her breeding career again...LOL! I think she might just have to be a mommy to an auction weanling or something ). She's 24 but you'd never know it by her attitude, SHE certainly doesn't think she is old...so we don't worry about it anymore! Age REALLY is just a number.

Plus when we moved to our current barn and saw all the BOs 30+ year old horses bucking in the pasture, we felt alot better LOL

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You guys always seem to find a way to cheer me up. =)
I know I probably will have a while left with her but I guess it's just kinda one of those times when I wish that I could look at her and know that, barring unforeseen terrible events, I'll have her around for at least twenty more years. And I guess I am kinda being a spoiled brat being all "omg! ONLY ten more years, maybe! Ahh!" Haha
And I guess I could have twenty more years with her....If she lives to be really really old... which is possible, I guess.
I guess the other thing that's kinda getting me down is that the two 30+ horses (one is 38, the other is 34) I've ever hung out with seem so defeated. They don't have that pop in their step or that sparkle in their eye. But I guess Lacey could be different, two doesn't make a rule. I really can't see Lacey ever being totally docile (thank goodness) so maybe there is hope for that.

Thanks for all your kind words. =)

ETA- kmdstar- That's so true! Looking at Lacey, especially in the summer, I think you'd be hard pressed to guess her age at anything over 15. In the winter she looks closer to 20, imo, but still. So true. Excellent post! =D

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I'm with you Wallaby! Nelson went from 16 to 20 in 1 day - lol, but we've been together for 3 years and he was 16/17 when I got him and I just mentally kept him there.....until reality hit when the American Jockey Club read his tattoo and said "Yep, he is 20"

He's turning 21 in April - and I am already hearing from people around me that I need to find him a new home or retire him or put the responsibility of an older horse onto someone else and to get a younger horse and progress forward with my Eventing "career"

I just can't do it. I love him to death, he's my best friend. I bitch all the time about his age though, wishing that he was 15 again or 10 even at that.

I'm dreading the "death" talk - I just hope I have 10 more years with him. 10 years with Nelson is a God Send in my opinion, heck 5 more years even.

People can say "so what if your horse is that age" but in all reality, when our horses reach 20, it is a day by day thing, and we have to put more money into their care and wellbeing because they are special.

We'll have to start a Senior Horse Owner group so that we can support one another.

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Does she lose weight in the winter? Arabs also have a longer lifespan than say a TB or a QH! :)
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