Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
I love golden oldies!!
I brought an 18yo back in to work, and he was doing some very impressive dressage at the point I sold him ;)
Most important thing to think about is what takes 3 months to get a younger horse in to 'condition' will take 6 months or so for an older horse.
You need to be aware that he needs a good warm up and a very good cool down to prevent any muscle/tendon damage.
Taking it slow is your best option, maybe one day light lunging, or free lunging, and then one day working, then the next a hack would be a good mix/programme for him.
What sort of work is he doing now, and is there a possibility for you to get a trainer to help you?
I know a lot of golden oldies that know their stuff, but you have to know the precise buttons for it ;) I used to have two lessons a week, and it helped loads!