Originally Posted by lnds
Thinking of buying a 17YO gelding and wondering how many years I could expect him to be able to go on light trail rides and stuff once in awhile? Not too experienced of a rider so I wouldn't be running around too fast I imagine. Thought some ballpark figure would be something to take into consideration. Horse looks good, well mannered, shoed all four, seemed to have no problems running or trotting, legs looked good. But again I am pretty new at this. He seems to have a "click" in his front leg, I heard, but I don't think this is real uncommon on some horses? Am having the Vet check him out but was wondering some opinions on age.
An older horse can be a great investment. I would get him vet checked first just to make sure there is no major issues going on. Other than that, for trail riding and the like, a good safe older horse is wonderful buy. I was enjoying a 29yr old gelding who enjoyed long trail rides with the occasional quick run. If he's had good handleing, you don't have to spend your trail ride training but enjoying the scenery and friends. There will be some special treatment required as he ages, like joint supplements, but overall, if he's well behaved and vet checks clean, go for it. You could have another 10yrs at least and with the way things are going in animal health, even more. You get a youngster and your spending the first years training anyway, better an older been there done that so you can spend your time riding.
This from someone who use to love the youngsters until she realized she doesn't bouce as well anymore and really doesn't want too either.