Sorry Always I've been getting tired of the "my horse is old" speeches lately so you got the brunt of it. :)
I do agree with SR though, get a younger horse now so you don't have to start over when you're too old. I've always figured I'd do that to a point. Depending on the stituation I'll get younger horse in about 10 years.... Of course, there's a lot of undecided/options in my horse world right now.
Then when I get REALLY old I'd just find another REALLY old horse (or two) to hang out in my pasture. That way I'll still get the pleasure of caring for a horse, but won't have to worry as bad about what'll happen when I'm gone.
Edit - I too had a horse that didn't age well and had many health issues. He started heaves at about 12, then some major lameness issues stemming from malnutrition as a foal, then he developed a huge goiter, THEN he got an eye infection and started/went blind in one eye. On top of it all he was a terrible keeper. He still lived until 27 and was happy for a good 90% of the time. I
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