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        07-28-2014, 08:13 AM
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    Yearling
    Just perfect.
         
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        07-28-2014, 08:26 AM
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    Green Broke
    The first horse my daughters shared was 27 when I got her for them. They and their little friends rode, primped and pampered the mare for four years. She was a delightful horse.

    I did have retirement options.
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        07-28-2014, 08:44 AM
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    Green Broke
    If he's happy and sound if say go for it!! He's probably worth his weight in gold if he's good and trails and also child safe! You just need to be realistic about his age, he isn't going to last forever. You may quickly outgrow him or need "more horse" but you daughter will probably get many happy years with him!
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        07-28-2014, 09:02 AM
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    I think it depends on what you want. For flat work he sounds great! But if you're planning to start jumping or anything it could be too hard on his knees.
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        07-28-2014, 10:42 AM
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    Started
    Oldies can be goodies!!!!!

    Get a pre-purchase exam and read up on feeding the "more mature" horse. Your vet will have a lot of info regarding this.

    Let us know how it goes and we don't forget the photos!
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        07-28-2014, 10:52 AM
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    Green Broke
    I think if he's sound and sane, that age should be fine. Often, age is just a number... how they're taken care of is more important.
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        07-28-2014, 10:55 AM
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    Green Broke
    I really don't think breed has much to do with longevity. Maybe statistically certain breeds live longer (and I have no idea if that is true) but with the horses I've owned my Arabians lived to 24 and 26. They died of colic. My Paint lived into his early 30's and had to be euthanized because his arthritis issues got so bad he didn't have a good quality of life. So while I always hear Arabians live longer, I really don't know if that is true. My poor guys didn't.

    Then, my Mustang died of colic at 20. I was totally shocked and heart broken. I expected at least another 5 years of RIDING out of him, and hoped he would live to 30.

    But that would never put me off of an older horse. They are so worth the chance of them dying. And there is no guarantee a young horse won't get sick or injured either. My friend had a 3 yr old that had to get colic surgery (he's alive and well now).

    Oldies are worth their weight in gold! I have a 20 yr old Foxtrotter mare still going strong and doing 4 hr trail rides in the mountains.
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        07-28-2014, 02:01 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Welllllll..... small glitch......you all say that an older horse is worth its weight in gold? Apparently these folks take that statement to heart. I was originally told that he was "around a couple thousand". They are actually asking $4500! We are so far apart on price expectation, I am not even sure its worth my time to look at him. I haven't seen a horse with this type of abilities, that's over 18 ,advertised for more than $2500....ever. So I'm sending an email with my concerns and stating that I hate discussing monies before seeing the horse BUT I don't want them to be insulted or waste their time. I'll let you know what happens. Or if I'm completely off base....you guys feel free to let me know :)
         
        07-28-2014, 02:15 PM
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    Green Broke
    If you are getting a push button trained Kid safe jumping horse that places in the ribbons, then the money they are asking is probably about right.
    Push button kid safe Show horses are not cheap. It took years of training and work to get a horse to that level. Show barns use them for lesson horses etc .
    You can find less expensive horses , and the horse may be overpriced. Make an offer, see what happens. Say this is what I can afford with the offer. Good luck
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        07-28-2014, 02:19 PM
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    Weanling
    Uhm $4500 for a 19yo? I mean just a "sweet, well trained" 19yo, not an event winner? I'd understand if it was a horse who won big bucks in the past and he's still athletic, and has experience, so that a beginner rider could successfully compete in something with him, or if the horse can still be used as a stallion/broodmare. A winner horse who is sound enough to still compete at 19yo has a lot of experience, so the price would still be high.

    Just a good-natured horse for trail rides? Nope.
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