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post #1 of 13 Old 12-21-2007, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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How Old is Old?

I think I've decided that I need a horse with a little experience so I can get my riding back in order. I'm sure I'm a little rusty on things since its been a few years. I found a horse I just love already but I'm wondering about his age. He will be 18 this coming year. He has tons of show miles on him and this would be great for me so I can sit back and concentrate on myself instead of what my horse is doing. What do you think?

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post #2 of 13 Old 12-21-2007, 11:37 AM
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I think 18 is a bit to high i wouldnt get a horse thats over the age of 13. my horse is 12 and has a good amount of exsperiance but if u really like that horse then go for it! i dont really pay attention to age if i really like the horse which is how i got my horse and he turned out to only be 12 :) but its ur decision.
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post #3 of 13 Old 12-23-2007, 04:14 AM
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i think it depends on what you are wanting to do with him. obviously at this age it is going to be hard for him to do higher level jumping and dresage but if your just looking for something quiet thats been there and done that then i think its a great idea you will just have to remember to go easy on him
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post #4 of 13 Old 12-23-2007, 12:37 PM
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If he has good conformation and has been looked after well, there is no reason why 18 should be considered old. Most well-kept horses can be ridden well into their late twenties - I know one that was still competing at 40. And hey, horses still compete in Badminton and Burghley at this horse's age!
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post #5 of 13 Old 12-23-2007, 01:23 PM
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Here's my chart:

Beginner - 15 to 20yrs

Intermediate - 11 to 14yrs

Expert or very experienced - 4 to 10yrs

JMO lol :)

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post #6 of 13 Old 12-23-2007, 06:13 PM
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lol i guess my horse is intermediate xD hes 12 but i've ridden a 5yr old so i guess im very exsperienced :P
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post #7 of 13 Old 12-26-2007, 02:52 PM
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It really all depends on the horse.
I have seen horses that are in their mid 30's and being ridden and doing just fine. I have seen horses that are in their teens with leg problems, etc.

It really all depends on the horse.

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post #8 of 13 Old 12-26-2007, 03:41 PM
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If he is conformationally sound, I think 18 is fine...from your post, it seems like he has a lot to offer. Generally, I prefer younger horses, but experience counts for a lot, especially if you are getting back into the game. Now if he were half-trained and had never done anything...then I would say no:P
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post #9 of 13 Old 12-26-2007, 05:10 PM
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haha Blu i dont think it works that way I had a good laugh though lol. You should know each horse is different.. But um... one of my daughters is riding a 2 and a half year old...does that mean she is extra expirenced?? lol

Anyways, yes huntergirl, as long as the 18yr has good health, good conformation etc i dont think there is a problem. I wouldnt be doing 1.2m jumps though. I would stick to around D grade Showjump (70-1m). Just until you get with things again. I know 22year olds still competing in B grade, which is over 1.2m. But they dont do as well as the younger horses.

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post #10 of 13 Old 12-27-2007, 10:07 PM
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It just depends on the horse. I have a 17 year old who is in awesome shape and jumps and competes at high levels, but I have known many awesome horses that have been worn out by the age of 13 b/c they were jumped to much and it ruined their legs. It really depends on the horse's history and what you are planning on using it for.
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