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post #1 of 37 Old 10-17-2011, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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Is she to old for riding.

I recently purchased an amazing western pleasure mare. She is seventeen and very healthy. My question is with great care of her health how many more years could we have with her. For trail and compition. She needs conditioning she is a little out of shape. Trotting, walking transitions for about thirty mins is enough to break a sweat. Thank you in advanced for your opinions. Oh and she would be stalled with daily turnout and excersize.
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post #2 of 37 Old 10-17-2011, 10:55 PM
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17? That's not old at all! Most of the horses at the summer camp I work at are over 20 and get ridden every day over the summer as kids' horses. The oldest two are 27 and still going strong. One gelding was sold to a wrangler because it was his usual mount (wayy too much for a kid to handle). We thought he was 26 this year, but found out he's actually 18. Still one of the hottest horses (and fastest) I know.

If she's healthy and you keep her in shape, you could have at least 10 years of riding left.
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post #3 of 37 Old 10-17-2011, 10:59 PM
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I ditto what Poseidon said.

My horse is 18 and we kicked some arabian butt in an endurance ride over the summer, and came out in much better condition than the much younger horses.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #4 of 37 Old 10-17-2011, 11:05 PM
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I have a 15 year old arab, and still competing and riding her! (: also my friend WINS State sporting (barrel's etc) on no joke a 32 year old pony. She loves it and is super fast. Both of those horses are never stalled but they are rugged and fed! (:
I also know heaps of 17ish yr old horses that are in full bloom! Prime time! (:
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post #5 of 37 Old 10-17-2011, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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thank you for the great news..... I really really love this mare she is amazing. . I am concerened with how much she can handle in one session. What is the best way to get her in shape safely. And is there anything I can do to keep her around a long long time besides food and vaccinations?
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post #6 of 37 Old 10-17-2011, 11:21 PM
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my pony looses shape really quickly, she looses muscle and gains weight!
But what I do when I give her a spell is walk and a little trot for 20mins 3 days in a row,
Then a break,
Then walk trot 30mins with a little canter for about 5-7 days with a break or two in between,
Then walk trot canter and maybe a little crossbar jump, just for the hell of it. For about 4 days
Then cause she's a barrel racer, I walk trot around barrels and a little canter, working on the correct line etc,
Then by then it's hard to stop her from doing a flat chap around the joint... so after all that I then do a full canter with a faster canter home around barrels... and yeah, then she is pretty fit...

Also with the walking trotting and cantering I go up hills and over rough terrain etc. heaps of trail riding, keeps there mind occupied.

Also of course warming up properly and cooling down etc.! (: and she's 13years old (:
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post #7 of 37 Old 10-17-2011, 11:22 PM
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Your horse should be a great riding horse for at least 6 more years, but hopefully 9 or 10.! I bet she's lovely. Mac is 18 now. He does tire a bit more, but only if he is not kept in condition. He's a lot smarter now, and nicer, too.
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post #8 of 37 Old 10-17-2011, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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oh my, im, in love, she is out of Kay see leauger x ima big leaguer. Jet black no white no where. She needs a tune up on staying at the trott or canter but im sure its because that's as long as she can handle it. But you don't have to touch the reins she will keep her head down at the walk trot and canter. She doesn't turn real good to the left by neck reining but other than that she is perfectttttttt! !!!!!! Amazing. I love her... Just needs a little tune up
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post #9 of 37 Old 10-17-2011, 11:57 PM
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My old pony is 30 and my 8 yr old nephew rides him around at a walk for hours at a time. Now, I know its not 'working' or even a fast gate. But he loves it, and he still wants to go when I make my nephew get off him lol

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post #10 of 37 Old 10-19-2011, 06:36 PM
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Don't think it's too old at all! One of my mare's 27 and she did a full day of Gymkhana (We actually didn't know she was this old! Else we would've taken it a little easier on her! She still gave it her all, Got reserve champ) MY horse Mac is around 23 years old and he still runs REALLY good. He has gotten Grand Champ in around 5 Gymkhana shows. My old mare,Beau, was getting up to her 30's when she died and she won me plently of Grand Champion. In Western AND Gymkhana!

I've known many old horses that still have plenty of potential when they get into their upper twenties/twenties. One of my mom's/uncle's horse was 42? When he died. He did Gymkhana (including polo) till the day he died! As long as you keep the horse in shape they should be fine!

By the way tinyliny, lovin' that your horse's name is Mac also!
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