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!
Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, "Oh crap, she's up!".