Join Date: May 2011
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
My mare is 16 years old, but don't tell her that! Very often, I arrive at the barn to see her leading the other horses in a race through the field. They're loping and she's pacing away, looking happier than anything. Granted, she was bred to pace and she can pace a mile in just under 1:58... but her age is not a factor. She goes just as well as a younger horse, but without the crazy spooks. If she sees something that could potentially eat her, like a flag blowing in the wind, she's more apt to stare at it and slowly creep up behind it than she is to bolt away. Her brain is settled, she's outgrown her crazy baby stage and she's ready to work.
I prefer the older horses. Take care of them, and they will give you many years.