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kathryn 03-12-2009 08:56 PM

Need some answers about this horse?

Do you guys think that a 20 yo could perform at a 3' jumping level? My trainer said she thinks that he and I would be a good match, and she knows best, but he just seems kind of old.

Spastic_Dove 03-12-2009 08:59 PM

The link didn't work for me.

If the horse was sound, healthy, properly conditioned he probably could do fine.

kathryn 03-12-2009 09:01 PM

Spastic_Dove 03-12-2009 09:09 PM

He sounds nice. You could have your vet look at him and see what he thinks.

upnover 03-13-2009 12:36 AM

Some horses will be ok doing 3" at 20 but I think that's pushing it. I don't know how much longer he'd be able to do it well. What i don't like about it is that the horse isn't showing 3" now, it was in the past. I would think reconditioning a 20 y/o to do the 3" would be hard. But if your trainer likes him, the vet oks it, I say go for it! You'll probably be paying for Adequan and supplements but that's normal for the older guys. I assume by the ad you're leasing and not buying as well, so if it somehow doesn't work out you can end the lease..?

Eolith 03-13-2009 12:48 AM

Sounds to me like he's still got some spunk in him if he requires an intermediate rider. I'd say go for it, especially because it's a part time lease. These schoolmasters can be fantastic teachers!

kathryn 03-13-2009 05:17 PM

I'm meeting with him and his owner tomorrow! So excited!

smrobs 03-13-2009 08:14 PM

I agree with upnover, it doesn't sound like he has been shown at 3' for several years and it can be very hard to get old men like him back in shape. Are you planning to jump him or are you looking more toward lower level dressage or flat classes? So long as you get along and your vet and trainer agree, I think he could be a great horse for anyone. He probably has several good years of riding left in him. Let us know how it goes and what you decide. Get pix if you can. :)

bilyeuamber 03-13-2009 08:39 PM

20 isnt too old if hes in good shape and sound. I still competitively barrel race and win on my 20 year old. She is in great shape and has so much spirit. I truly believe that if you keep an older horse in shape and take care of them, they will be perfectly fine to compete on and ride. She clears four foot fences like its nothing. She is in excellent condition and I think if you get the 20 year old and take care of him and keep him in good shape you will be fine with him.

kathryn 03-13-2009 09:49 PM

She told me he is a little out of shape but he is regaining form pretty quickly. She said she thinks if I ride him regularly I should be able to get him into shape in no time. She also told me that while I'd only be paying for 3 days a weeks, she'd like for him to be ridden every day, so days she cant get out she can call me so I can ride him even more! I hope our meeting goes well tomorrow and I like him!

ETA: He hasn't been shown in several years, you guys are right. And pics are here:

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