02-22-2012, 10:49 PM
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Depends on the horse. Some horses fall apart much faster then others. Starting him so late gives him a better chance of staying sound longer, but he could be a conformational nightmare or have bad feet etc. One of the horses I'm riding now is an 18 year old ex-Grand Prix horse. He's been shown and jumped extensively in his life and currently on very little supplements. We've been jumping 3"6 and he's sounder then a lot of younger guys!