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post #11 of 18 Old 02-07-2014, 09:03 AM
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To me-age is not the issue-it is the ownership side-Keep all records of every penny spent-, so that if someone tries to take him back-you will get re-imbursed for all the money you have spent on him & not be left horseless & with out the $$ spent on him. I've had plenty of horses over 20 & they are great riding horses.
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post #12 of 18 Old 02-07-2014, 09:52 AM
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I have a 27 year old horse that we still ride on a regular basis. She is worth her weight in gold for beginner riders.
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post #13 of 18 Old 02-07-2014, 10:48 AM
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Not at all crazy for buying him, if you do! I own two seniors... a coming 20 year old and a coming 18 year old mare. Both require more nutritionally (the coming 18 year old is a rescue I got in November and the coming 20 year old is pregnant), but the higher prices for their upkeep are well worth it!

I also own a younger horse (a coming 8 year old gelding) and I would rather own older horses than younger horses. They're more reliable, IMO.

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post #14 of 18 Old 02-07-2014, 06:10 PM
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Definately not too old. Gilbert will be 19 years old next month and still have a lot of riding left in him. He's an easy keeper and needs exercise to tone up his muscles and trim him down a bit. He's a pleasure to ride. Trails and riding in pastures is what I enjoy, but having been a show horse for over 12 years, he loves the arena.
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post #15 of 18 Old 02-07-2014, 07:18 PM
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Nope, I wouldn't find that crazy at all. If he is in decent health you will have many more years of riding with him. :)

However, considering that his current owner pretty much owes you for keeping him alive, I believe she should sell him to you for a very low cost.
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post #16 of 18 Old 02-07-2014, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
buy him? I thought she wanted to unload him onto you for free? after you made him sleek and happy? you should pay her??? Hardly! She should pay you!
I agree with Tinyliny up there! Why pay for the work you put into him?

That's like going to your daily job and having to hand them your paycheck every week.
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post #17 of 18 Old 02-07-2014, 09:12 PM
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Your friend needs to obtain ownership first, and then sign the horse over to you for the cost of the feed and care you have been giving him all winter. Documents, signed, dated and witnessed.
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post #18 of 18 Old 02-08-2014, 11:57 PM
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Ditto what every one else has said. With one more thing to add. Have you had a vet or someone check his teeth to know how old he might really be? I am just mentioning this because he might be younger then you think if he went through a malnourishment stage that can takes it toll.

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