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post #1 of 22 Old 10-02-2010, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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How old is "old" ????

Just wondering at what age do you consider to be "old" for a horse?
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post #2 of 22 Old 10-02-2010, 01:07 AM
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To me 20 is old, 30 is ancient.
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post #3 of 22 Old 10-02-2010, 01:24 AM
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To me, it really depends on the horse. I've seen some 18 year olds that I look at and say "they're old," then I go look at my 25 year old and say "she's getting there." Some horses just age faster/worse than others and that has a lot to do with how old is old, in my opinion.
Basically, once they stop being able to work very much/hard and they can't keep muscle tone, that to me means old. However, if they still have some fire in their belly and they look youngish, like my mare, I don't think of that as old no matter how old they really are.

Hopefully that makes sense. Haha

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post #4 of 22 Old 10-02-2010, 01:29 AM
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Depends on breed and how they have been looked after too. Some breeds age better than others . I would say 25 is getting old :) . The senior horse/pony is way under appreciated IMO

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post #5 of 22 Old 10-02-2010, 02:05 AM
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I would say that 20 is getting up there, 25 is old, and that 30 is a good long life. :)

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post #6 of 22 Old 10-02-2010, 02:16 AM
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I would say 25ish is old and about time to retire, but...I have a friend with a little appy who is 40 :O
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post #7 of 22 Old 10-02-2010, 02:48 AM
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We have a 25 year old mare. While there are things that remind me that she is old....not many of her chewing teeth left, those big indention's above her eyes, and the fact that she is a bit sway backed...a lot of the time, she acts like a spring chicken. She has more spunk and energy than most of the horses at my barn (including my 12 yr old horse) and no signs of arthritis. In her mind, she is 15 and not ready for the rocking chair.

What all this amounts to...you are as young as you feel
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post #8 of 22 Old 10-02-2010, 08:13 AM
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There is a little 36 year old pony still doing hunter/jumpers at our local show here. You would think he is 6. My old mare was in her 20"s when i got rid of her and she acted much younger, and she was rode at a trail ride place for about 6-7 years. My Rocky Gelding is 18 and doesnt act it. But my paint gelding is mid teens and acts 20.
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post #9 of 22 Old 10-02-2010, 09:55 AM
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It is distinguished from horse to horse, ( i hope I can write it like this )
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post #10 of 22 Old 10-02-2010, 10:43 AM
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Yup, depends on the horse. Some show the slower metabolism and loss of muscle tone that makes them "aged" in their late teens, some not until their late twenties. If you're asking this question because you're wondering about buying an older horse, or how much work an older horse can handle, it's like a lot of other things - let the horse tell you.

A horse with clean, blemish free legs, a good topline, that's fit and has good energy is not "old" regardless of what the calendar says.
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