Looking at buying another horse.
I am thinking about buying another horse for mostly trail riding, also maybe put it in some showing and speed events. I am looking at several horses. I came across a 9 year old Paint mare that I fell in love with its looks and how the owner described her. I also came across a 16 year old Paint mare, I haven't seen pictures yet but I like the description of the horse. They are both broke horses according to the owners, but the only thing that worries me about the 16 year old is her age. I know that isn't old for a horse yet but I wonder about the speed events and other things I might put her in. Any thoughts? They're both around the same price but the 16 is registered I think.
There was a 18 year old gelding doing campdrafting at Equitana this year :) Older horses don't necessarily mean they are unsound/don't have long left in them.
Sonja Johnson (an Aussie olympic eventer) competed her horse Ringwould Jaguar in Olympic level SJ, dressage, and XC until he was 19, and even then he only retired because he'd won everything! Haha :)
I ride a 22year old STB, who goes to Pony club for 5 hours without ill effects, and jumps 60cm (maybe higher, but I can't go higher)
In my pony club group, which is of older girls with reasonable experience, the youngest horse is 16! All of them can jump 60cm and do social endurance rides and all sorts.
BUT some horses are unsound by 10. So the 16yr old could be really unsuited to your needs.
As with all possible purchases, you should get a vet check, that will tell you everything you need to know :)
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