Originally Posted by CherylB
That's part of the reason I thought this horse might be worth the time and effort it would take to break her the rest of the way. It seems that when they get horses who are older and broken down, they have to put them down that much sooner. I mean, on their website there is a page that says, "Meet our horses." Three of the six that are listed are no longer there anymore! (Updating their website is on my list of things I want to get involved in.) I thought it would be great to get a younger, healthy horse and build her into what she could be and make her into the perfect horse for therapy.
Yeah I have encountered that a bit at the theraputic riding program I volunteer at (and the one I used to volunteer for). Some people seem to think it is somehow therapy for the horses, so they try to pawn off their unsound horses on theraputic programs.
At the program I volunteer for, we have a six or seven year old horse, who has been there since he was two (he was supposed to be four, the people who sold him lied about that).
Really what is more important than age or experience, is having the right mind for the work. A 20+ year old horse could be terrible for the work if he/she doesn't have the right mind for it. While a younger horse might be perfect for it.