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    03-16-2008, 05:57 PM
  #1
Yearling
Too much do you think?

My mom decided against Nomis Molly, and even though I think she will be good she wants to look into this 19 year old, 14.2hh Thoroughbred cross x QH. (Sire's Sire is a Thoroughbred, Sires Dam is a Grade, Dam is a QH) They are asking 500 but are willing to barter.

She does w/j/t/l/c/g, jumps, rides English, western, trail, through water, over logs, through brush and tight spaces, really anywhere and is very willing but she is old as dirt... no offense toward the mare but she is quite old and it is taking its toll. She cribs, which is okay and luckily she doesn't have asthma from it. She is BEAUTIFUL, just small and kind of old. She moves easily, but I think she probably only has about five more years on her before she has to retire. She is getting a slight sway back too. My mom is 5' 3'' but maybe only 5' 2'' and weighs 175-180# and I feel like she may be too large for her. The mare is stocky and built like the old style tank-of-a-QH. Do you think she'll be too big for her?
     
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    03-16-2008, 06:34 PM
  #2
Banned
I'm five foot three. I can ride a 14 hand horse that's built big and look great, but get on a taller horse that's skinnier built and look horrible (look too tall).

If she wants to look at her, let her look at her. It isn't going to hurt. Though $5000 is WAY too much for a 19 year old, but they did say the price can be bartered.

Take a look at the mare and see. Though she may be 19, that doesn't mean she doesn't have years left. I know of a 24 year old mare that is kicking better than a 5 year old. It depends on the horse. But, unless it's over an hour away, it's probably worth looking at.

What exactly does your mom want in a horse? What does she plan on doing?
     
    03-16-2008, 07:55 PM
  #3
Yearling
Well we already looked at her, in person and she did really well and my mom rode her w/t/c and looked fine the mare looked like it carried her well but I'm curious about the long term since she is older and my mom rides trails only. I ride a little more than her but not much. My horse is an 8 year old and we ride bareback. I generally ride 3-6 hours daily, while she rides about 5 times a week. I remember I calculated my riding hours once and I had ridden almost 60 hours that week but that was a regular riding week + an two day overnighter trail ride. My mom doesn't ride quite that much but we ride together almost constantly.

She's not 5000 she's $500.00 but they said they will take 450 for her and pay for the coggins.
     
    03-17-2008, 12:36 AM
  #4
Green Broke
I think $450 is a great price to ask for a good solid horse that does its job well. And actually I don't consider 19 old as dirt! Several of our school horses are in their 20's and 2 of them are turning 30 this summer! You do have to watch their weight and soundness more carefully. I'd be more concerned about the weight. 170# I think is a bit heavy for a 14 h horse that's getting older. It seems to me that back and joints are often the first to start showing age.
     
    03-17-2008, 10:01 AM
  #5
Yearling
Thats what I though but the girl said my mom would be an okay size for her while I was more skeptical. The girl selling her is being very choosy about Dixie's new owner because they don't want her to be abused by unruly kids because Dix is so willing and trusting.

I had them weight-tape and measure her hands high and they said that she is about 1/4 of an inch shy of 15hh. So she's 14.3(and 3/4) I guess. Do you thinks he will be too large for her? Her sway back is non-existent, her back is beautiful. The owners had mistaken high withers for a sway back, when we saw her she had no sway back at all, just high withers. Even so we bought a filler-pad and some wither-relief gel inserts because even if she doesn't work for my mom, she will work for me, I'm about 5' even and I weight 130#-140#. The horse was carrying a 5' 7'' girl (current owner that is too tall to show her now), that was a little filled out and taking jumps with ease and in stride. We will probably put her on glucosamine supplements for her joints, just for her age. I was thinking Corta-Flx Horse Joint Supplement as that worked well for our BM's mare and staved off arthritis until she got into her upper twenties.
     
    03-17-2008, 02:23 PM
  #6
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Originally Posted by Abby
Well we already looked at her, in person and she did really well and my mom rode her w/t/c and looked fine the mare looked like it carried her well but I'm curious about the long term since she is older and my mom rides trails only. I ride a little more than her but not much. My horse is an 8 year old and we ride bareback. I generally ride 3-6 hours daily, while she rides about 5 times a week. I remember I calculated my riding hours once and I had ridden almost 60 hours that week but that was a regular riding week + an two day overnighter trail ride. My mom doesn't ride quite that much but we ride together almost constantly.

She's not 5000 she's $500.00 but they said they will take 450 for her and pay for the coggins.
whoopies...thought you said $5000. I wouldn't think than that $500 is that bad of a price.

Since you said your mom mostly does trails, how fast does she go in trails? If it's just a walk, trot, thing, then I wouldn't see a 19 year old being too over worked.

It's really up to your mom. Talk to your mom and see what she thought of the mare.

Since she is 19 years old I'd definitely have a vet checkup on her. That will determine whether the mare can do work or if it would be better if she was retired
     
    03-17-2008, 09:34 PM
  #7
Yearling
My mom is in love with her. I will have a vet check done on her before we make any more decisions, hopefully we can do it tomorrow.

My mom does w/t/c but mostly walk/t. We will canter if there is an extremely inviting stretch.
     
    03-17-2008, 09:50 PM
  #8
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Originally Posted by Abby
My mom is in love with her. I will have a vet check done on her before we make any more decisions, hopefully we can do it tomorrow.

My mom does w/t/c but mostly walk/t. We will canter if there is an extremely inviting stretch.
I would think that as long as the horse gets a good enough and long enough warm up she'll be fine. I'd definitely have the vet check for arthritis, soundness, and have her lungs and heart checked thoroughly to make sure everything is still good.

If your mom loves her, then maybe the horse is the one for her. Just because the mare is 19 years old doesn't mean she can't be a great trail horse. My best friend has a 20 year old horse and he's great...he has at least 6 years left if not more. As long as he has a good warmup he's fine.
     
    03-19-2008, 10:12 PM
  #9
Foal
smaller horse

Hey I have a 19yrold mustang gelding at just 15hh and he will go all day long over all kind of ground with me on top I weigh 195 but he is strong built as well and good sound horse I use him to work cattle from time to time at my friends farm and trail ride hard 3 to6+ times a week for up to 6 and 8 hours we do stop to rest often but he is still in good shape for 19 heck I have a QT mare that can't hold a candle stick to the mustang old bear just keeps going and she will just fight to quit and go home she is 8yrs old and in good shape also but don't have the heart or the drive of the mustang and she is 16hh one fine ride but not a ride everyday horse as she just can't do it . My 15yr mustang mare has been ridden on 10 endurance racesin the last 6 yrs with me on board and full packs on behind me she is 14.2 hh 1300 lb just a lot of lil horse . Will go all day everyday , but you got to get her away from the barn first stubborn ass if I ever had one she is it get her 100 feet from the barn or trailer and she is great but she will fight you like crazy for the 100 ft then just cool and go . So it really depends on the horse and how they have been taken care of and more on how much heart they have and how much they want to please you age isnt a big deal if the horse has it in there hearts .
     
    03-22-2008, 04:02 AM
  #10
Showing
Whether or not you fit a horse really depends a lot on the horse's conformation. Some taller riders get away with riding smaller horses because the horse they are riding is a bit thicker or stockier. You can sometimes get away with riding a smaller horse simply because of the horses color as well. Some black horses look a lot wider/taller or both, than they really are. Can also sometimes be seen in greys or dark bays.

It all depends on the horse's conformation.
     

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