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post #11 of 21 Old 07-20-2009, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Well, thanks y'all! I think I will go ahead and get Five started on it, and then, maybe on down the road Trigger can join the crew. =]

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post #12 of 21 Old 07-20-2009, 01:17 PM
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If Five can cut, he can do barrels. Have fun, be safe, and good luck!

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post #13 of 21 Old 07-20-2009, 01:27 PM
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You have a good chance that that horse can do barrels. Agility is what a cuttin horse is made of and that's what you need. Reining horses I find make amazing contesting horses aswell. Goodluck!
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post #14 of 21 Old 07-20-2009, 10:37 PM
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8 is young for a horse...so Five is definitely no old bird, he's got many years of competition left in him!

I think he's a lovely looking guy, and will be even more so once he is back in condition. Good luck with him, and Trigger both

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post #15 of 21 Old 07-23-2009, 07:01 PM
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I have to wonder what you really think an old horse is ;) 8 is NOT old for a horse. (you mentioned in another post that 13 was old, and it's not.)

Don't underestimate these "old" horses. They have a lot of very good years left in them and are perfect mounts if they do the job you want to do with them.

I'd much rather be riding an "old" horse than a green broke horse. Much rather be showing one too as they are seasoned and know the ropes.

Anyway, whatever horse you end up with, have fun!! :)
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post #16 of 21 Old 07-23-2009, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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I have to wonder what you really think an old horse is ;) 8 is NOT old for a horse. (you mentioned in another post that 13 was old, and it's not.)

Don't underestimate these "old" horses. They have a lot of very good years left in them and are perfect mounts if they do the job you want to do with them.

I'd much rather be riding an "old" horse than a green broke horse. Much rather be showing one too as they are seasoned and know the ropes.

Anyway, whatever horse you end up with, have fun!! :)
Well, those ages are old for me, because my second horse died of navicular at the age of 11, and then we had to put one of my 14 year old horses down. So, I think the way I do because of my bad experiences.

And, I talked to my trainer, and he has agreed to help me get both of them trained. I will start with High Five, and my trainer will be starting Trigger(because he is still a little green. We have to break him out first).

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post #17 of 21 Old 07-29-2009, 07:18 PM
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I've had horses living well into their 30's. That's old for me :)

Gee, I bet you think I'm old too, LOL!!
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post #18 of 21 Old 07-29-2009, 08:01 PM
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If you're not going for 14 second performances, I don't believe it matters much on the build of the horse. My sister and I run our 14.1hh pony around barrels and she can pull out 16-17 seconds, yet you'd never tell that she was that quick by looking at her.
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post #19 of 21 Old 07-29-2009, 08:08 PM
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I've had horses living well into their 30's. That's old for me :)

Gee, I bet you think I'm old too, LOL!!
You probably fall into the "ancient" category, lol.
I agree - my best/favorite/most treasured horse was 36 when we finally had to let him go. At 8-12 they are just really coming into their own and hitting their stried.
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post #20 of 21 Old 08-30-2009, 03:59 PM
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Sure he can! Actually I think that is a great age to start them at as they are more mature, and it sounds like you have put a nice handle on him. The build helps. He doesn't need to be huge, but in shape, and good confo. Keep him collected to strenghten over his topline and build endurance.
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