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        03-20-2013, 03:17 PM
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    Young at heart

    There has been a lot of talk about older horses here. There is a thread started by tinyliny about how great the golden oldies are. Well I thought our oldies who don't believe they are old need a thread as well.

    My Bratty Mare is 20 years old and no one ever believes me when I tell them so. She is still energetic as can be, spooks at her own shadow, can out run the youngins and will jump anything you point her at. Her fitness level is that of a 5 year old, she looks like a 5 year old and acts like a 2 year old.

    So share your stories of your oldies who refuse to believe they are old
         
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        03-20-2013, 03:28 PM
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    Weanling
    Don't mean to rain on your parade but I really don't consider a twenty year an oldie.
    Lots and lots of twenty and up horses are still going strong as ever.

    Glad yours is doing well. Since he/she is they will probably be going for a good many more years. That's a great thing!! :)
         
        03-20-2013, 03:35 PM
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    Don't mean to rain on your parade but I really don't consider a twenty year an oldie.
    Lots and lots of twenty and up horses are still going strong as ever.

    Glad yours is doing well. Since he/she is they will probably be going for a good many more years. That's a great thing!! :)
    I don't consider her an oldie either. The reason I brought it up is that there has been a lot of talk about passing over horses as young as 15 as they are considered oldies. Which is why I made this thread

    To me an oldie is 30, there is a horse in our program who is 30+ and going strong as can be still doing large pony hunters.
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        03-20-2013, 03:46 PM
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    Weanling
    Good thread, NB!

    Hmm, lets see...I know lots of oldies who are young at heart, but one of the ones I'm sure I'll never forget is a 26 year old Fjord mare who works as a therapy horse. She's great at her job, and takes wonderful care of her young riders, but when someone who can "handle it" gets on, instant 4 year old!
         
        03-20-2013, 03:49 PM
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    Weanling
    Well Turly just turned 21... he still looks and acts like he's 7!

    He bucked off the girl that's been leasing/riding him for 2 years, for the first time ever... the brat. We still call him "The Secret Agent Man", meaning: ever since we have had him (11 years), you can lunge him before you ride him and he will out of know where "explode" with energy, even when you think he's quiet as a mouse, he keeps you on your game
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        03-20-2013, 03:54 PM
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    Turly and Brat Mare need to have babies together! I swear they would have the most beautiful EVIL baby ever
         
        03-20-2013, 04:11 PM
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    Weanling
    They SO would... To bad Turly hasn't been a "real man" for a very very long time
         
        03-20-2013, 05:53 PM
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    Weanling
    My mom's mare is 25 this year, she's a bay QH, We've had her since she was a baby. She's turning gray in the face and starting to get a little swayback. However, she is still the Queen Bee of the barn! And she has more energy than any of the other younger ones! She's got a hotter temperament than we're used to with our laid back quarter horses. We take her out on trail rides, and she wants to prance the whole way back to the barn...My younger gelding just looks at her like "really..?" I don't think she'll ever slow down!
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        03-20-2013, 06:11 PM
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    Green Broke
    Sugars 26?? This year I think and she still bosses the boys around like crazy. We don't ride her any more, and she DID have a very hard winter but now she's back in form looking like a 4 yr old. Chasing the cows off, Clomp clomp clomping down the mats haha

    Josie will be 21 this year (yes. I DO consider her old.) And she's as spunky as ever. But she doesn't move out as much as sugar does, after all her soundness issues back in the day are catching up to her. But shell still try to buck me off every chance she gets and she still Loves giving kids rides...and loves chasing the cows.
         
        03-20-2013, 06:30 PM
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    Yearling
    My friends have a 22 year old gelding they bought off us last year. Biscuit doesn't act old at all he still has enough spunk to buck sometimes, spook at times. His 8 year old rider runs barrels and poles on him and does pretty good. She's the perfect match for that horse. I know alot of older barrel horses an ponies kids ride that are still going strong.
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