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post #1 of 7 Old 04-18-2013, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-18-2013, 11:21 PM
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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.
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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.
That's exacty what I always think about age on a horse or any animal for the reasonably most part. People always have that "can't teach and old dog new tricks" mentality. I disagree. I think you can pretty much teach most things if you are willing to take the time and effort and your animal is condusive to it but I just thought I would put it out for comments especially since I need to contribute more on this site. She is in very good shape and has always been in beautiful muscular shape and although she has such a nice and comfortable lope, she does not have that type of WP pleasure lope that actually looks like it hurts or they are crippled. ( please nobody take affense to that. I am sure it takes hard work to accomplish that relaxed frame) I will definately consider the above suggestion. The only thing is, is that I live in an area that does not really have the activities that I think about getting into with my horses other than our ranch and just outback trail riding but recently last year my state was fortunate to gain our own affiliate for Craig Camerons Extreme Cowboy Racing which I have really enjoyed but another one of my horss seems to be more suited for that. Thanks so much for taking the time to rely.

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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.

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That's exacty what I always think about age on a horse or any animal for the reasonably most part. People always have that "can't teach and old dog new tricks" mentality. I disagree. I think you can pretty much teach most things if you are willing to take the time and effort and your animal is condusive to it but I just thought I would put it out for comments especially since I need to contribute more on this site. She is in very good shape and has always been in beautiful muscular shape and although she has such a nice and comfortable lope, she does not have that type of WP pleasure lope that actually looks like it hurts or they are crippled. ( please nobody take affense to that. I am sure it takes hard work to accomplish that relaxed frame) I will definately consider the above suggestion. The only thing is, is that I live in an area that does not really have the activities that I think about getting into with my horses other than our ranch and just outback trail riding but recently last year my state was fortunate to gain our own affiliate for Craig Camerons Extreme Cowboy Racing which I have really enjoyed but another one of my horss seems to be more suited for that. Thanks so much for taking the time to rely.
She sounds perfect for the Ranch Horse Pleasure that Oh Vair mentioned. If she's registered with AQHA, they probably have the Ranch Horse pleasure classes in your area. Go to AQHA: Home and check it out.
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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.

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-24-2013, 02:30 AM
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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
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