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    05-06-2010, 10:34 AM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
My age is irrelevant, but I do find it interesting that Mack is 24, Casper is 12, and JJ is 6.

Casper is exactly half Mack's age, and JJ is exactly half Casper's.

This will be the only time in their lives that the numbers will be exactly half of each other, and I find that very cool.

The only time I think about age is knowing that my horse is 17 and is the love of my life. When he passes I am going to be way freaking old and not want to start over again.

Fingers crossed that he lives a good long time and I truly way old when I have to think about this.
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    05-06-2010, 11:17 AM
Always, he's only 17. Think of it that instead of just 17. He's got a lot of livin' yet to do!
    05-06-2010, 11:36 AM
^^ Agreed. Why does everyone think that 17 is soooo old. Seriously, my mare is 30 yrs old and if I can figure out the finances to keep her comfy could easily live another 5 years! She was still kickin a** at 17! As were her siblings.

And she's had less than optimal care for most of her life! Not that my parent's were abusive or negligent, but they didn't know very much about hooves so she's been trimmed badly most of her life, so she has some fairly bad arthritis. There are a TON of horses that live until they're 35 or so. You just need to rethink how you care for them mostly to minimize the effects of arthritis and make sure that they can eat.
    05-06-2010, 11:41 AM
I do not think 17 is really old. But my 17yo is the type that works hard to kill himself on a daily basis. He is also not one that is aging well.

I sure hope he is with me for lots more years. But that just ads more to the thought that I am going to be way to old to start over when he is gone.
    05-06-2010, 11:51 AM
Then start looking for another horse now. That doesn't mean you have to retire your guy, just that you'll have the option to start over with a younger horse while you're not too old.

I don't recommend you ride the Hell Beast, as your husband seems to think she's the most wonderful horse on the planet (puke). Let him deal with her attitude.

You know I got Casper when Conny was 20. Just don't get a Casper. Get someone like JJ; calm, sane, and easy to love. You already have a Casper in HB, anyway.
    05-06-2010, 12:00 PM
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
    05-06-2010, 12:09 PM
The thread is about horses vs our age and how old we will be when they are old. Silly me for posting in it..... I thought I was just going along with the theme of the thread.

MNT, not all of us have endless horse keeping space! Which is good or else I would have a crowd.

And as SR said, I have a younger horse too. She is my husbands horse.

All I said was when my 'old man' (as I call him in a very loving way) passes I feel like I am going to be too old to start over. I feel the same way about my dog too. This statement does not mean I will not start over.

    05-06-2010, 12:10 PM
I figure if I get too old and creaky to ride (note, I said if) I can always just keep a couple of old pasture puffs so I can still have my horsey fix every day.

I don't plan on getting too old, but with half a century's living already past me, it's something I have to think about even if I don't want to!

JJ may very well be my last horse, unless I get another one in the next 5 or 6 years. He's 6 y/o, and I'm hoping he'll live at least another 20 years. That'll put me in my early 70s when he passes, and if I don't already have another one trained and ready, I may have to consider not riding any longer.
    05-06-2010, 12:12 PM
My riding horse will be 6 this summer and the other one just turned 2 so that makes me 11 and 15 years older than them :)
    05-06-2010, 12:31 PM
Im 17 and Oscars around 11:) I Dunno for sure becuase we didnt know any history with him:)

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