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    05-16-2011, 05:50 PM
My Paso Fino is 24 and still going strong. I trail ride him, show him, gallop him, game him, and jump him, and he's still as fit as he was 10 years ago.
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    05-16-2011, 07:32 PM
Thanks for all the comments, I think the little Lady will be spending more time outside the pasture now than before.
    05-20-2011, 10:15 PM
I don't know about old horses, but people can maintain a lot of their younger performance IF there is some rest time afterward. George Sheehan raced into his 70s. He wrote:

"At one time, physiologists thought people aged functionally from 10-15 percent a decade. Now we know this is far from the truth. Fit individuals show about a five percent loss in endurance per decade. The distance world records for the 40 age-group fall within 5 percent of actual world records. At age 50, they come within 10 percent. At age 60, they are close to 15 percent. These statistics clearly show that apparent aging can be blamed largely on inactivity.

Inactive people give aging a bad name."

However, with increasing age, he found he couldn't train at the same intensity. When younger, running 6 days a week gave him his best race times. By 70, IIRC, he ran twice a week - any more slowed him down. As we age, we need more recovery time. I suspect aging impacts horses in a similar manner...they need the exercise, but they also need more rest.
    05-27-2011, 09:39 AM
I think she would be fine unless she's showing signs of pain. Other than that, im trail riding a 22 yr old QH :) its good for her to get out and exercise. She is still getting used to trails but is doing great with it so far. Its good to let older horses keep getting exercise, wish ya good luck!
    05-27-2011, 12:31 PM
There is a saying, it goes something like "a horse only gets old once you stop riding it" and I believe it! If your horse is sound and heathy, there is NO reason not to ride. I think riding is good for most horses, it helps keep them in shape. There is no certain age wher eyou have to stop riding - it ALL depends on the health/soundness of the horse. Some horses LOVE to have jobs, our older mare does. Even if it's just walking her around the arena a few times...she likes to feel like a riding horse I guess!
    05-30-2011, 01:53 AM
My vet has told me what everyone else has said- when you quite riding them is when they go downhill. And he should know, he is around 70 yrs old and still working himself.

My trail horses are 16 and 17 yrs old and I take them on 12 mile, 5 hour long rides. If they are sound and the rider is thoughtful, it is actually healthier than letting them sit.
    05-30-2011, 10:57 PM
No need to retire! Horse can go into there thirtys before NEEDING to retire! If she's sound she's good to ride.
    05-30-2011, 11:52 PM
My mare I rode quite alot, and fairly hard I admit. She loved the long rides and long trails. She loved to get up and go. Even when she foundered she wanted to go, and bless her, she tried. (no I did not ride her when she'd foundered) She wanted to be able to keep up with the other horses in the pasture but couldnt. She was around 20-21 when I made the decision to put her down. Had she'd not foundered, she'd still be a get up and go horse today Im sure. (she would be 23). But I guess my point is, it doesn't depend on the age when you retire your horse, but it's ability and soundness. If your horse is still fit and wants to work, then don't retire her until she just can't work anymore.

My girl was also a paso fino mind you.

Good strong hardy (hearty?) little guys them Pasos.

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