19 year old horse too old to start WP?
I have a mare that is 19 and I have only used her for ranch work and Extreme Cowboy Races but her dam and sire both were WP competitors and I wouldn't mind giving her a shot. She is a beautiful ride with a dream lope so I just thought I would ask for some opinions.
Why don't you try ranch horse pleasure? It's a class designed to combine working ranch horses with western pleasure qualities.
The "standard" western pleasure is very difficult on a horse's hocks. It might also be more difficult for her to get into that slow, suspended, collected frame if she has been used to going a different way her whole life. But, for open showing, you could probably do whatever you wanted to. Age is just a number anyway if she's in shape and has no health problems.
Old bones don't take to some things as well as young ones do.
At her age, I would let her do what she has been doing if it were up to me.
If she is still sound at this age? I wouldn't push her into anything that is so different.
My mare is now 20, we showed all-around events for years. We are now showing WP! Never too old to change their job. Well guess I should say as long as they are willing! lol (My mare won't jump now or never had a interest in it even when she was younger!)
We mainly showed English events for AQHA, but she refuses to move out and rather go slow and rock back. It does depend on the horse though as I agree WP is super hard on the joints and hocks. You will just have to see what your horse's opinion is, trainer or vet for a professional opinion.
I don't think its to old to start WP. I think if your horse is in good shape and enjoys doing what you ask her to do, there is no reason to not do something. Go have some fun, and I want to see some photos :D
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