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melissa4horses 01-03-2012 10:06 PM

Buying 20 yr old horse
 
Didn't know where to put this. I've been out to see a horse and she is 20yrs old. She is perfect except for the age. Because of her age she needs a chiropracter out every 3 months, weight lifter in her food and she can't jump as high anymore. Also, if I was to sell her down the track I'm sure her price would go down. She is the perfect height and is amazing to ride. I can't find any other horse out there like her.
Is it worth buying a horse that is 20 years old?

TheMadHatter 01-03-2012 10:11 PM

I can tell you from personal experience that its worth every moment. There is something about senior horses that just speaks to the soul. Sappy, right? lol well, I went to another state to pick up my Blue and he was 20 at the time. He's 24 now and I don't know how I would have ever gotten along without him. He's perfect. If something about this horse really speaks to you and you both click, then I say go for it. :)

Walkamile 01-03-2012 10:12 PM

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Originally Posted by melissa4horses (Post 1292462)
Didn't know where to put this. I've been out to see a horse and she is 20yrs old. She is perfect except for the age. Because of her age she needs a chiropracter out every 3 months, weight lifter in her food and she can't jump as high anymore. Also, if I was to sell her down the track I'm sure her price would go down. She is the perfect height and is amazing to ride. I can't find any other horse out there like her.
Is it worth buying a horse that is 20 years old?

Not necessarily an age thing. I own a 22 yr old and she has zero physical issues (vet is amazed at how limber and flexible she is) except for her sight loss.

Is it worth buying this horse? Much will depend on what you are planning on doing with her. These older horses are amazing sometimes for building confidence in the rider, while many times keeping the rider out of trouble. Those horses in my opinion, are worth their weight in gold. :wink:

farmpony84 01-03-2012 10:12 PM

Depends on the price and your needs. I wouldn't turn my nose up at a 20 year old. I rode my old walking horse into his 30s and I have a 27 year old that is still sound to ride and jump. A friend of mine has a 28 year old she uses as a lesson horse that still shows...

You might not need weight builder if you get the horse on the right feed. I put mine on triple crown senior when it was available here and he maintained really well. I switched to Penfield last week so we'll see how that go's.

You could also look into a joint supplement depeding on the reason the horse needs a chiro. Might be just what they are doing now. Around here it would cost about 100 per visit, which every three months is pretty do-able for me...

If the horse is priced right and fits your needs... I'd consider it.

waresbear 01-03-2012 10:15 PM

20 yr old horses are not investment horses, you use them and enjoy them. And 9 times out of 10, they will reward with so much pleasure you will get back your original investment plus interest.

TheMadHatter 01-03-2012 10:17 PM

I give Blue SmartFlex Senior by SmartPak and its amazing. He's a very big bodied appy (17h, 1300lbs) and it does wonders for him, so if you're looking for a supplement, thats one I suggest looking into.

Blue taught me how to ride. He hadn't been ridden in a solid 2 years when I went to look at him. We saddled him up and I rode him (terrified out of my mind!) in a huge field with other horses running in a pasture near by. Blue never paid any attention to them and has carried me safely through many, many adventures, although he hates creek crossings ;)

The old ones are the wise ones and deserve a loving home in their last years because frankly, they've earned it.

melissa4horses 01-03-2012 10:19 PM

Thanks guys. I am planning on doing pony club/ trail riding,ect with her. I will probably sell her in a couple of years. I had a bad fall after a bad horse choice and am looking to get my confidence back.

Joe4d 01-03-2012 10:20 PM

I wouldnt buy a 20 year old horse. Too much time, money and effort into getting a horse and learning eachother. Especially one with medical problems already. 20 year old horses tend to be free to good homes.
A 10 year old can be just a seasoned and good for your uses with the added benefit of having an extra 10 years to enjoy.

PaintHorseMares 01-03-2012 10:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Walkamile (Post 1292477)
Is it worth buying this horse? Much will depend on what you are planning on doing with her. These older horses are amazing sometimes for building confidence in the rider, while many times keeping the rider out of trouble. Those horses in my opinion, are worth their weight in gold. :wink:

Agreed. I love riding the greenies, but when I just want to go out for a leisurely "don't have to think" ride or pony a green horse, you can't beat a horse like our 17 year old, finished, seasoned mare...she's got auto-pilot, cruise control, and all the quickness she had 10 years ago ;-)

Walkamile 01-03-2012 10:36 PM

PaintedHorseMares, I hear yah!

I was so proud of my old gal a few weekends ago. We were in a Christmas Cowboy parade and T was carrying my 3 yr old granddaughter. Most of the horses around us where snorting and carrying on (not enough exercise and on winter feed), but my girl was "been there done that".

My granddaughter will ride her in lead line this coming show season (new world for me, but looking forward to it), and I'm sure she'll be a perfect lady with the little one on her.

Melissa4horses, what you are planning on using this horse for sounds fine. Have her checked out by your vet and find out why she needs the chiro. If you are planning on having her for a couple of years, that should be fine, and she'll only be 22 when you are ready to "pass" her on.

In my riding club, these tried and true oldies are passed on to the next youngster that has graduated from the pony they have been riding. There are many horses well over 20 more then keeping up with the younger horses in the club,and actually teaching the youngsters to calm down and relax on the trails.

Good luck to you, and let us know which direction you've gone in horse wise.


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