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post #1 of 28 Old 01-23-2015, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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He's not dead yet!

I really wish people would quit consigning my horse to the grave when they hear he is 21.

Rio is fat and healthy and extremely forward. Just last weekend he gave me his best impression of a racehorse. He has plenty of fight in him and while not a "lovey" type of horse he is, IMO, happy.

Today we ran into a lady that invited us to ride with her. She asked how old he was and immediately cringed when I said 21. The last person we got hay from said he looked like he was 35 at least and let us know we would probably have to put him down soon. Umm, gee thanks for your opinion. Now give me my hay. A few months ago another lady stopped us on the road to say hi and asked about him, when she heard his age she said "and he looks every year of it!"

It gets to be a little disheartening. I have done absolutely everything I can to give this horse a good life and I believe he has one. I love him as much as I love any person. So, to all the random strangers out there that might see us riding around on the road: If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

/vent over

Here is the old half dead nag in question.
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post #2 of 28 Old 01-23-2015, 11:23 PM
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Aww he's beautiful!
21 isn't that old :( peeples. sheesh.
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post #3 of 28 Old 01-23-2015, 11:26 PM
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I've seen horses still competing in their twenties.

I remember the first horse I really rode outside of riding school was a 29 year old mare who was owned by a friend of my mothers. We would gallop around the local school oval, and placed in the best presented category at my interschool gymkhana.

Don't listen to people, they generally don't know what they're talking about.
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post #4 of 28 Old 01-23-2015, 11:30 PM
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Looking at that photo he does NOT look 35! He looks healthy and happy - that's all you have to worry about. Some people think once a horse gets into their late teens they are worthless but I love a good, old reliable steady eddy that has been around the block - I think they are worth their weight in gold.
When I brought my first older gelding someone commented on why I would buy such an old horse - at the time I was told he he was 18. I had him for 3 years and he was fantastic. When I sold him an old owner saw the ad and contacted me, turns out he was about 6 years older than I thought and he is still going now. Ignore the age-ists out there and enjoy your mature horse : )
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post #5 of 28 Old 01-24-2015, 12:02 AM
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Bring out your dead!

I love joking with people like that. You can flip that insult around on them easily.
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post #6 of 28 Old 01-24-2015, 12:11 AM
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He's beautiful. What breed?

I have such a soft spot for senior horses, and that includes the ones that have no idea they're seniors
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post #7 of 28 Old 01-24-2015, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you, everyone. You're making me feel much better!

Rio is a Thoroughbred. He does have a swayback that the vet says is genetic and he's likely had it his whole life. And there's a lot of gray in his face that doesn't show up in that photo. But I still think he's beautiful. :)
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post #8 of 28 Old 01-24-2015, 12:45 AM
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Tell them he's an Irish-bred TB. (The Irish as a people tend to grey early. : ) I'm Irish.)

He looks like a dandy to me.
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post #9 of 28 Old 01-24-2015, 01:19 AM
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this is my fiances 29 year old tb. 21 is nothing!!!

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post #10 of 28 Old 01-24-2015, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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Kiger, he is a beautiful horse!
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