03-31-2009, 10:36 PM
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Let his condition and attitude be your guide. He will let you know if he is starting to slow down by his attitude and energy levels.
I had an appaloosa when I was growing up. I got him when he was 17, and I was 11. I showed him all through school, and half way through high school. I gamed him, jumped him, showed in every class. He lived to be 36 years old, and I fully quit riding him at 32, just because I thought he deserved to be a very well taken care of companion.
Let your horse tell you...