31 year old Arab
I have a 31 year old Arabian mare. I got her when she was 2 years old. She spent several years at a friend's place where she bred her a couple of times and did a few endurance rides on her. I since got her back (wish I had never let her go!). I"m not sure whether or not to retire her from riding. I'm getting mixed signals from her. She's sound. She does have one knee that is bigger than the other but she's had that for YEARS. She could have some arthritis in that joint now. She is on a joint supplement. Her knee will buckle a bit if she's dragging along. I noticed that over the past year, she is losing her top line and withers are more prominent. She gets all the grass hay she wants with a bit of alfalfa added each feeding. A mash that is soaked beet pulp and rice bran - along with her supplements. Joint supplement and probiotics. I had her on equine senior last year and she got a bad case of colic at that same time. Might not have been the feed, but it scared me so I quit giving it to her and she's been fine since. Going up hills she now stops and then continues, stops, continues. Not to catch her breath but feels more like muscle issue. Get her on flat ground and she still trots like no other! I don't ask her to trot, it's all her. Saddle still fits her and I use a special saddle pad for sway backs. She's a bit sway and she came back to me like that after my friend had her. I think when she bred her, she didn't keep up with the exercise and just let her go :(. She still carries herself nicely. Not strung out or anything. I'm pretty sure I'm doing everything I can as far as under saddle. She's a trail horse. Did several endurance rides in her younger years but she never liked them so we decided to stick with just trail riding.