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post #1 of 19 Old 03-31-2009, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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OMG what will happen now?

Ok so my tennessee walker that I got a couple months ago I was told he was 18. Well the previous owner had his paperwork in another state. So today I get it and OMG he is 27 years old. Granted he seems to be in great condition he was severely obese and was put on a diet, and ridden etc and now is in great shape he is always the one who leads trail rides and we have to wait on all the younger horses.He loves it but now that I know his true age, What do I do now should he just be retired?or what I have never had a horse this old what should I look for?Thanks in advance

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post #2 of 19 Old 03-31-2009, 09:03 PM
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Well if he loves it I don't think there is any real reason to stop. Unless he's in some sort of pain.
Although, I could be wrong lol.

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As long as he isn't in any pain, the activity is good for him!
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Since it doesn't sound like you want to send him back due to being misrepresented and if he is in good shape and still going strong - keep him doing what he is doing. Just watch for soreness issues (joints and such) and you might want to get his teeth checked by a vet to make sure he can eat properly. You might need to consider in the near future putting him on equine senior if he is not on it already - but that depends on how he holds weight and his teeth.

Usually if an older horse is kept in light work they actually age much better than if they are retired. There is a 37 year old horse still doing endurance! His name is Elmer Bandit. Google him & you will find lots of articles.

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He doesn't seem to be in any type of pain I haven't heard any bones or joints cracking lol but would you recommend some type of joint supplements I actually have the vet scheduled to come out in a couple weeks already so I guess a good overall exam is in order!Should I ride him less than I have been I honestly have been riding the living heck out of him every chance I get. ( not cantering or super hard ) but we have been doing a LOT of trail riding do you think I should maybe just ride him like I have been unless I notice something?

Thanks Cat I will do just that No he isn't on senior feed but I had already considered it thinking he was 18 just to ensure his weight stayed up.If you find my old post what color goes good on a palomino there are pics of him. take a look and tell me what you think.

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Ya I'd make sure to check his joints and stuff for any problems, as long as he's in good shape I'd keep riding ur only using him for trail riding.
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post #7 of 19 Old 03-31-2009, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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yeah we go trailriding a couple times a week though is that too much?

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As long as he isn't in pain you aren't doing him any harm. In fact you're doing him good as activity is good. As others have said just keep an eye out of pain and stiffness. If you feel that you need to put him on some sort of supplement I would suggest pure MSM or if you need something with more oomph to it go with Cosequin.
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post #9 of 19 Old 03-31-2009, 09:36 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.


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I just looked up those photos - He looks really good & at a good weight! As long as you are not seeing any pain issues and he maintains his weight - keep doing what you are doing. If you see any problems, then adjust things as necessary.

Right now I think trail riding a couple times a week is fine. It really looks like he was well-cared for through his life & you could have several more good years of riding from him still. Some horses are going strong well into their 30s.

I don't know much on joint supplements, so hopefully someone can come by and help on that. I think putting him on one as a preventative would have some benefits considering his age.

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