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post #31 of 43 Old 03-21-2010, 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses View Post
I am not sorry if I interup someones pity-party rant with a splash of reality..
Sorry, I think you meant interrupt, not interup

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post #32 of 43 Old 03-22-2010, 12:37 AM
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Oh my goodness, 12 isn't anywhere near old!

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post #33 of 43 Old 03-22-2010, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by justsambam08 View Post
Oh gosh, I guess that means our horses are pretty old! I've always thought it was more like 2:1....so my 12 year old would still be pretty spry at 24 human years, but sane enough to learn something new without frying his brain.
Thats just what I was told.. I don't know for sure but would love to find out

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post #34 of 43 Old 03-22-2010, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by iridehorses View Post
I believe that the ratio is more like 3::1. Compare a 90 year old person to a 30 year old horse, or a 20 year old horse to a 60 year old person. That works for horses latter in life but the ratio is more like 5::1 when they are younger.
Yes, it is not linear. All the calculators I've seen use 2.2 years as the rule of thumb.

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post #35 of 43 Old 03-22-2010, 11:28 PM
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...horseback riding isn't a sport.
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post #36 of 43 Old 03-23-2010, 02:12 PM
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People are always surprised when they find out how old my mare T is. She uses herself well and always has. She is now 21 and still going strong. My vet recently told me she'll be around for another 10 - 15 years . The only issue we have is with her diminishing eyesight, but even that hasn't slowed her down. She is the horse all the others want to "tuck" into when the S__T hits the fan! LOL! Because of her age, I am concientious on conditioning her and maintaining her condition. This has been a bit challengeing because of the recurrent episodes of her uveitis. During these episodes we have to stop all work (it is very painful to her though it is difficult to tell , she is a very stoic mare). But, when given the okay, it is back to work though , lots of walking/trotting and hill work helps.

Walka is 12 this spring. I consider him in his prime. Brain has finally grown and engaged and judging how he uses himself, will be woking for many years.

Fortunately due to their good bone and structure, we have never had an unsound day. Good feet and good minds as well. I have been very fortunate to have them, and dread the day I have to look for another.

You get "spoiled" when you have shared the trails, ect... with a horse that seems to know your mind. Just miles together really build a wonderful bond.

So for all those lucky people out there that have these tried and true older horses, enjoy every day. They are worth their weight in gold imo!

Oh, and as far as people "telling" me what to do, don't get much if any of that. Could be my age, but I am always open to new ways and ideas. Doesn't hurt to listen, if I don't agree, I just "delete" it in my mind! LOL!

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post #37 of 43 Old 03-23-2010, 02:44 PM
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Rocky is 16 this month, but you wouldn't know it. most people think he's only 11 or 12. There's no reason a horse can't be healthy and be ridden well into their 20's. I love my older horse. He's still got spunk, but he's got the experience of age which i like. Heck, he learned to be ridden english at 14 years old, an entirely new discipline and he's done great.
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post #38 of 43 Old 03-23-2010, 09:46 PM
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I have a completely different perspective of horses and age, simply because my trainer and horse mentor has a lesson horse that turned 30 this year and is still sound and giving lessons, half of her lesson horses are in their mid to late 20s, all still sound, I think her youngest lesson horse is around 12-14 now? She takes really good care of her horses and they live long and useful lives. Two of her horses lived to be age 36. Now because I have been riding with her for years and years and around her for years and years, this seems normal to me, that's why I can't begin to fathom people who say they think they should retire their horse in their teens.

Honestly if you offered me a well trained 4 year old or a well trained 15 year old, I would take the 15 year old.

I too became very annoyed when I rescued a 18 year old mare and people told me I should basically tip toe around her because of her "advanced" age, when she got well she was one of the firest horses I have ridden in a long time.

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post #39 of 43 Old 03-23-2010, 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses View Post
I hate it when little teenyboppers with a few years in pony club won't listen and think that they know everything already. Everybody would be better off if they kept a tight rein on thier egos and listened to what more experienced riders say. You might actually learn something.
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I think he's just making a general statement.

As for the "old" thing. You know, I think it depends on the life a horse has led. I've been told that my first horse will really make a nice horse some day when he gets a little older and quiets down a little....He's 26!

This day and age horses are being ridden and shown well into their 30's. However, I've seen horses that are barely in their teens that have old souls and achy joints. Race Horses, Reiners, WP horses, even english horses can start breaking down early on in life. So in the serious show ring, sometimes a 12 year old horse is old and ready for the walk/trot classes....

It's all perspective....

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Originally Posted by My2Geldings View Post
...horseback riding isn't a sport.
Did I miss something???
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