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How old is too old?
Ok so this is either opinion or fact. I want to know how old you think a horse has to be when it hits the point of too old to run the barrels. Out of all the scenarios give me an age that is too old to be doing it anymore. Thanks guys. I'll explain myself I promise lol
scenario#1: The horse has okay joints, not bad, but not great. The horse has drive and is tough (the kind that runs up to their gate when they see the trailer and bites at their halter, the kind that will place, maybe not 1st but will put you in the money.)
scenario#2: The horse has better joint/bones than most 5 year olds and has all the talent in the world and more drive than you can ever imgaine (the kind that run up to their gate when you back the trailer up to the barn, the kind that don't spin and freak out at the alley way they walk towards it like they are there for business and will blow 'em outta the water)
scenario#3: bad joints but has more heart and drive than any horse in the world. (will run up to their gate, be horribly mad if you dont take them, will work their ever lovin' heart out for you and put you in the money but be a little gimpy the next day)
i will say that after you run if the horse is in pain then they are done. there are lots of joint suplaments out thier that help to rebuild fluid.
That helped more than you know. Just so this makes sence: I have a 21yo mare who looks and feels amazing. She is on a joint plan and has better joints than most 10 year olds. I am getting absolutely hashed at my barn about her (they have yet to see her. I am moving her from my dads to my barn where I keep my horses) and they are honestly making my feel horrible about it. She loves to go and I know for a fact she isn't in pain.She is on cloud friggin nine... She is treated like gold, litterally. I wanted to hear that I'm not a horrible person for running her.
When they no longer have fun doing it or when it makes them too sore.
If they are having fun and arent sore, then til they die.
I am a firm beliver in if an animal loves its job, they go downhill without it. That being said, I wouldnt push any horse too much over 20. Not that that is real old, but things degenerate fast after they hit that age.
thank you. I think its amazing you have a gelding that old that still likes to go. As long as I keep her in good shape, feeling good and happy I never saw a problem.
we have a friend in her late 50's who's still running, and winning, with a 22 or 23 year old. to see him, especially when he runs, you'd NEVER guess he was that old....
thats exactly my situation, accept I'm not in my 50's lol.
I had a post all written...then my computer blinked. ugh
Your doing everything right. You have him on joint stuff, he isnt showing signs of being lame and he WANTS to do his job.
I know of a 40 yo appy, still teaching walk trotters. Yea, 40 confirmed years....
Good care throughout their lives means the world..
Your horse isnt ready to retire, you knew it.
Dont let someone who doesnt know your horse tell you that what you know about you horse is wrong.
Good luck, and dont let 'barn drama' eat at you. It can make one go nuts, if you pay any attention.
thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
I believe 40, and that is AMAZING. I would love to meet that horse.
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