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post #11 of 20 Old 03-20-2013, 05:03 PM
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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
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post #12 of 20 Old 03-20-2013, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for sharing these stories about the old horses.

I love hanging out with them. They make me feel so peaceful. I love their sunken eyes and maybe a kind of droopy, pouty lower lip. it gives them character.
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post #13 of 20 Old 03-20-2013, 05:30 PM
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Our oldest is a 17 year old gelding and he is the classic been there done that horse. He was rescue from a lady that was way over her head with animals and could no longer feed him. When we got him he was nothing but a bag of bones. He has no problem riding the kids, me, my husband or friends. You can drop the reins or a lead on the ground and he will ground tie forever. He just cocks a leg and dozes till you need him again. I have never seen as much as a kick or bite from him. Sometimes I swear he rolls his eyes at the younger horses when they act up. Although he needs to fill in his top line, he has gotten a clean bill of health from our vet and we hope to be able to enjoy many more years out of him.
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post #14 of 20 Old 03-20-2013, 05:41 PM
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I have a bay QH gelding who is now 20. His name is Cocoa - I named him when I was younger, go figure ;) I started riding him when I was 12, and he was about 6, he basically taught me everything I know over the years. He has taken me up some of the most gorgeous mountains, and brought me safely down the steepest, rockiest cliffs. He is the horse that I put any of my non-horsey friends on, and I know I will never have to worry about him being fresh - even if he's been sitting all winter.

Last weekend I put two little girls on him so that I could lead them around our arena. He did great, and was walking at his usual pace. Then, I put my boyfriend's two year old son on him, and my boyfriend held onto him while I led my Cocoa around. I could not believe it - Cocoa took the most cautious baby steps, and I could just tell he was being extra careful with his precious cargo! It was the cutest thing ever. It just reassured me just why I love him so much!

I have attached a picture of him from a couple summers ago :)
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post #15 of 20 Old 03-20-2013, 05:58 PM
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they are truely priceless.
my bo has a21yo old broodmare. she raced as a two year old, and broke her leg. her owner loved her, and stopped them from euthenizing her on the spot, constructed a special brace for her and healed her leg. she was then turned out with the cows for a year and sold to my bo at 4. she did endurance riding on her and won. she is also a fantastic brood mare. she sometimes gets a little arthritis and her back gets a little sore, so she is semi retired.

a friend has a 22 year old OTTB gelding, he is by far the most difficult ride on the farm. still does endurance.

then there is Silver. he was an auction rescue that was 400# underweight, never had his teeth done and they were shredding the inside of his mouth. he was dying of starvation/malnutrition standing infront of a round bale. instead of getting his teeth floated his owners ran him through an auction. He is a little arthritic, but by far the most beginner safe horse on the farm. when I'm really tired and just want a quiet, slow ride, I'll take silver out. he's around 20, and a total gentlman.

and I can forget one of the other boarders geldings. the vet says he is between 18 and 25. he is a grey arab with some fairly large benign tumors. he was sold to her as a ten year old.. he is also a handful to ride, lots of zip left in that old guy.
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post #16 of 20 Old 03-20-2013, 08:25 PM
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What can I say about our coming 19 year penning mare "Angel"? Ride everyday or once a month and you get the same, consistent ride every time. Auto-pilot, cruise control, and all the gears from a pokey walk to gallop. As close to bombproof as you can get, very light in the mouth and leg, do anything, go anywhere, my pony horse for the young ones, and still the quickest of our mares. Keeps me safe where ever we go and worth her weight in gold.

On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.
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post #17 of 20 Old 03-20-2013, 08:55 PM
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Old time Saying around here is "horses don't even grow a brain till 10". Gotta say I agree. Daughters pony, mid 20's, is the best horse in our herd. Stubborn, marish, and horse dominate. But she'll walk into an areana, stand still till asked to run, turn n burn barrels, and walk off like nothing ever happened. She needed manners when we got her and our daughter handled it. If only we could clone her a few dozen times.
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post #18 of 20 Old 03-20-2013, 10:00 PM
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I just LOVE my older QH gelding. He is 20 this year and I ride him a few days a week. I take him on organized trail rides and he is just amazing. He is not "dead horse walking". He surly doesn't act his age! LOL He does not need any type of supplements (at this time) and he has a level top line. He has been everywhere and he knows when newbies are riding him. He takes good care of my hubby, who hasn't been riding that long.
My friend was at the same ride with me 2 weeks ago and she brought her QH gelding, Jimmy. Jimmy is 19 years old. He is less spunky than my Hansel but he is a great boy.
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post #19 of 20 Old 03-20-2013, 10:16 PM
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I love this thread!! My mare is between 10-12 I know that's not old but she has a look about her eyes that just warms my heart!! I love you all stories!! Makes me smile!
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post #20 of 20 Old 03-20-2013, 10:37 PM
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I have bought young horses ever since I bought my first one. My old gelding will now be 11... he is my heart horse. And when he got hurt and developed arthritis in his left hind pastern I was pretty much devestated. But I think this year I will be buying my first "old" horse. My boy's dam came up for sale and slowly we are developing a deal. She is only 15, but the oldest horse I have ever bought was 2 when I got them. Gonna be different getting an old broke broodmare to play with.
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