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Is he too old?

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        12-14-2008, 06:59 PM
    My daughters horse is aged in his late 20s. She rides him in games. People can't believe he's in his 20s. He gets all hot and crazy before he runs then settles down after his run. He does that all day. He loves to run and trot. He has been the greatest horse. He taught my daughter how to ride. He runs at her speed. He get even crazier when my other daughter gets on him. He's so fun to watch.
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        12-24-2008, 12:30 AM
    Hes deifintly not to old until this year I have been riding and showing my 26 year old appy now he just gets pleasure rides turing the week to keep him fit due to my lack of time but the last two years I have shown him in barrels and he has arthritis .. I have heard appys are pron to moon blindness and that usually affects the older generation of appys... but no he not to old as long as he's got the will and the heart. By the way he id pretty.
        12-29-2008, 05:30 AM
    Yeah, I see from the pic the scars and the broken place in his hoof wall. I would guess he got cut by something; wire, trailer, etc. There is no way to know. If they leg does not appear to be causing him any pain, he could have some scar tissue built up along the tendons or muscles in the leg that restricts it's movement. Stretches should help some but scar tissue does not stretch and flex like other tissues so he may always have the choppy gait. If he is sound, then ride him. Lots of horses get bored if they are retired before they are ready to quit. Riding more often may help to keep the leg limber too. I don't really know what kind of competitions he could be in though, maybe horsemanship or trail classes? Good luck and keep us updated.
        12-29-2008, 04:50 PM
    I would just stick with pleasure, just so you don't injure him more:)
        12-30-2008, 02:21 PM
    I say as long as he is sound, ride him. From what you seem to want to do, it's nothing that is going to cause him to drop dead lol.
    My first pony ran barrels till she died at 26 (colic)

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