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post #1 of 15 Old 12-31-2009, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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how old is too old?

Ok so I've been looking to get a horse of my own again. The horse that I used to own, I bought as an unexperienced buyer that just wanted a horse. I was told she was 7 years old and when I finally had a vet look at her to do her coggins, he said she was more like 11. So, I'm in the market for a horse for myself and I've been looking at horses about 8 years old or so...but I want an 'easy' horse...one that's well trained, 'bombproof' so that I can go riding by myself and be safe. I'm starting to think I'm looking at the wrong age range and I need to be looking at older. I had someone email me that has a 15 year old quarter horse mare and also I could probably get this TB gelding for free because he's very underweight and his owner can't afford to keep up his food bill. He is 18. So I'm just wondering what is really considered an OLD horse, and how much riding years could I expect to get out of an 18 year old horse?
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post #2 of 15 Old 12-31-2009, 05:38 PM
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Well, this depends on a lot. I know two 19 year old dressage hoeses still going strong, and they are as sound as a five year old. But dressage helps a horse and all that stuff that I don't feel like explaining right now :P
Some horses live til they are 35 some live til they are 25. It mainly depends on the individual horse, if I were you I would go and meet the hrose and see how 'old' he looks and acts. The two 19 year old horses I know act like very well behaved 6 year olds. It mainly depends on the horse :)

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It really depends upon their past life. If he was well taken care of maybe another 10 years. Although he is getting up there and if he hasn't had much exercise/ riding previously he may not be in the best shape. You may have to keep the riding light and do lots of stretching with him. I would have the vet look him over and check for arthritis or other issues that would hinder his soundness. We just retired our 30 year old mare this year, she is still 100% sound but just deserves a rest.

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post #4 of 15 Old 12-31-2009, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Well, the TB was an x-race horse turned hunter/jumper. I've seen him ridden, about 8 months ago maybe when this woman first got him and he was in excellent shape. She has used him for jumping and lessons (small cross-rails) and he does well. Even though he is very underweight, she says he has 'plenty of pep'. I just don't know that it's worth it to me to take on this horse. He has been neglected within the last 8 months or so, not getting the right hay and all so like I said, he's underweight. I don't have my own property so I would have to pay board and I was just wondering if it would be 'worth it' to get him if I could get him for free. I haven't ridden him myself, but as I said, my friend rode him on a trail ride and he did great...very calm except he gets antsy around vehicles. A woman tried to drive around him rather closely and he backed up and kicked in the womans passenger side door.
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If the horse is a hard keeper now, at 18, I think that's a red flag.

I think that's a horse that will have long term maintenence challenges, and may rapidly become more expensive that a horse you have to give a little bit of money for.
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post #6 of 15 Old 12-31-2009, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the advice. I just asked her how much she wanted for him and she said $1000. I can't believe she is CHARGING for him, he just needs a good home
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Wow! $1000 for an 18 year old underweight horse is crazy! I am being given an 18 year old mare in the spring but for one she is free, second she is in excellent shape (if anything she's too fat!! Haha!) and she is an excellent keeper. She's been ridden lots and very well taken care of. I've gone to see her and ride her and absolutely love her. I wouldn't pay $1000 though for that horse you are talking about. You can get (at least around my area) young, well broke horses for $1000.
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post #8 of 15 Old 12-31-2009, 11:15 PM
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I say go for it. Delilahs 20 so I say keep him healthy and take good care of him. Sh should last for a while

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what do you think of this horse? They are willing to trailer her to a nearby barn so I can 'test drive' her for a week. I thought about asking to 'test ride' her for a month, pay them what I would pay for leasing a horse for a month?
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what do you think of this horse? They are willing to trailer her to a nearby barn so I can 'test drive' her for a week. I thought about asking to 'test ride' her for a month, pay them what I would pay for leasing a horse for a month?
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She looks good to me but you should be able to decide in a week if you want her. I don't let peopl;e take my horses when I'm selling them because while they have them nobody else can look at the horse.

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