I absolutely adore the oldies, although I may be a little biased! My old lady is in her mid to late 30s. My previous riding instructor owned her before I did and I was told that Liz was younger than accurate. If I was told the truth, Liz would be 26 this year, but there's no way that's true. When I bought her 4 years ago, the dentist said that her galvayne's groove had come, gone and the tooth was worn smooth.
Liz doesn't know she's old and so she gets treated like she isn't. I ride Lizzie 2 or 3 times a week and lunge her 3 or 4 days a week. She is the most hyper horse I've ever ridden and constantly needs to be reminded to slow down. Liz also knows so much. I've been riding her for nearly 10 years and I still discover new things about her all the time. For example, someone taught Liz to do flying lead changes when the rider says "switch". If you have her attention and she's not stiff, she'll do tempi changes if you ask properly. How a former saddleseat horse learned this, I'll never know!
I think one of the main benefits of an older horse is how much they know and how much they understand. If I get on Lizzie, she is instantly full of **** and vinegar. Any touch of my legs and she's off like a bullet. However, I can put little kids on her and she will plod along, ignoring accidental kicking.
The only thing that Liz needs that a younger horse might not is joint supplements. Lizzie isn't sound without her joint supplements, but with them you'd never know how old she is (if you can't see the gray and the swayback, that is). The oldies are the best!
Here's my old girl, just because I love showing her off 2012-10-31 09.55.15.jpg