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        10-19-2011, 06:38 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Heck no. That's not old.
    I know a 36 year old Quarter Horse, who was retired do to a hock injury a few years ago. She is still kicking
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        10-19-2011, 06:58 PM
      #12
    Super Moderator
    OLD?? LOL!!

    In the '72 Olympics (the only year I checked this) the AVERAGE age of the horses competing there was 18. That means for every nine year old.......

    These are horses at the top of the game!
         
        10-19-2011, 09:25 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    The lesson horse I ride is 21. He is still being jumped, although not over 2'6", on a weekly basis.
         
        10-20-2011, 12:27 PM
      #14
    Trained
    My fellow is 22, and we are schooling 3'3" and competing at Novice in the Eventing World at 2'11". While that's the limit for him *he can go higher, but I wont ask him to* he's strong, healthy and well taken care of.

    He is 22, but acts and looks much younger.

    Proper nutrition, conditioning, health care *joint care, dental, etc, etc* are all impportant factors to keeping your horse healthy, happy and ensuring their longevity.
         
        10-20-2011, 12:41 PM
      #15
    Trained
    As long as you take into consideration her nutritional needs and monitor for
    Arthritis ect. She should be working for a long, long time! I would check her
    Genetics and run a search on her pedigree and see how long her family worked
    And lived. It's like human genetics and longevity. Some of us can drink,
    Smoke, and eat whatever we want and live to 100+, people like me have to watch it my family dosen't fare so well!

    My old gelding lived to 28, but he developed severe arthritis at 18 and that
    Was it for hard riding. I used him to train my daughter. He had a history of
    Foundering/colic when he was given to me at 5. With very SPECIAL and
    EXPENSIVE care I helped him make it to his old age, but it was a struggle. :^(

    Enjoy your "senior"!!!! Would love to see a picture!
         
        10-20-2011, 12:48 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    I rode a 30 year old QH in a "fun show" two weekends ago. He's a grumpy old man sometimes but he can MOVE!
         
        10-20-2011, 12:48 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    I have a 19 year old Connemara and we go on hour long trail rides, I work him for 30 min - 45 min during our home sessions. He is fine and more spunky than my 12 year old.
         
        10-20-2011, 02:10 PM
      #18
    mls
    Trained
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    Trotting, walking transitions for about thirty mins is enough to break a sweat.Posted via Mobile Device
    The sweating could simply be how she is. I have a mare that will sweat after 10 minutes of light trotting. At 15 degrees in the winter even her eye balls are sweating after an hour of work.
         
        10-20-2011, 02:18 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Ditto re: the age. I rode my Arab until a few months before his death at age 27 (2009.) What could hinder her use is how hard she has been worked throughout her career and how it has affected her legs and her joints. (If she was an OTTB, it could be almost ANY parts of her body, and the one I owned had great legs but a bad back.) If your Vet gives you the okay, enjoy riding her a lot!! Bear in mind, just like human athletes, the older they are, the longer you need to warm up and cool down. Older, sane horses are worth the babying bc there are very reliable. =D
         
        10-24-2011, 10:24 AM
      #20
    Green Broke
    My mare had her 20th birthday in March.

    I got her when she was 17 or 18, and horrifically out of shape. (Rode for 5 minutes and she could barely breath lol). I just had to slowly increase the amount of time we were riding and what all we did.

    She is the best drill horse in the world for her age, still runs high speed precision drills that are 6 mins. Or longer.

    If you keep your horse in shape, you will have a LOOONG time with her!
         

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