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post #21 of 23 Old 08-29-2013, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by SlideStop View Post
They all slow down eventually, whether they were bred and born on your farm or bought as a 15 year old.

Personally I'd aim for a horse between 8-14. Plenty of spry years left and enough time under the belt to know their job. Of course there will always be exceptions to the rule.

It's impossible to tell but some horses will break down in their late teens. Others will comfortably work until their early to late 20's. We have an appy at my barn who is the BEST beginner WTC horse at 31 years old. Not because she is old & slow (she is actually the farthesb thing from slow/lazy I can put a seasoned western rider on her and she will out due all the others) but she knows her jobs. Her transitions are awesome, hardly ever breaks gait, doesn't pull school horse BS, she is easy to steer.. I could go on and on. She is like that because of good consistent schooling from her old owner. We got her at 26, previously she had never been school horse or ridden by green people so she was never allowed to form those habits that come with inexperience.

Sorry I feel like I'm rambling... I think its getting late for me
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You're right. I see so many now that can be ridden when they are older. It's just this deep rooted fear I have, that has most likely rubbed off onto him so he thinks he needs a younger horse.
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post #22 of 23 Old 08-29-2013, 11:43 PM
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My wife & daughter REALLY wanted horses. I fought them all the way. Finally gave in, and...I do about 80% of the riding. When my daughter leaves home in a few years, that will go to about 98%.

I don't know what his personality is like, but lots of guys do better with a challenge. You don't want a mean, malicious horse who looks for chances to throw its rider, but you also don't want some deadhead who just moseys along the trail.

The picture below is of my daughter & I riding Mia & Trooper. My daughter adores Trooper, and usually refuses to ride any other horse. But Mia is the horse that got me interested in riding, because even a ride in a small arena is like this:

She was completely unsuitable for a beginner, regardless of what I was told - and anyone experienced with horses would have spotted it immediately. But if you want me to value a horse above a dirt bike, you need to give me a horse with some personality. I don't go for a ride. Ever. "Mia & I" go for a ride. And if I forget, Mia will remind me!

Recreational riding is about fun. If I were taking up riding, I would care about;

1 - Healthy. Not perfect conformation, but a horse who won't break down tomorrow from something you can see today.

2 - Personality. A horse that never looks back at me, rolls her (probably her) eyes and says, "You want WHAT? Men! THFFFTTTT!" won't do much for me.

I'd look at some basic lessons - maybe a dozen - on a lesson horse. If he's like me, he won't listen all that well, but it will give him some basics. Maybe I'm just a jerk, but I think a lot of guys get turned off by too many lessons and too many rules. Lots of us only learn by doing.

Just some random thoughts. I was 50 when I started, so I may have been more risk adverse than some...but I would have lost interest fast with too many lessons and too much well meaning advice. The only one who has taught me much is my mare, and even she has to shout sometimes!

Riders ask "How?" Horsemen ask "Why?"
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post #23 of 23 Old 08-30-2013, 08:35 AM
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bsms I could not agree more.

I don't like to comment much here, people try to slap back.

Rule #1 There are no rules.
Rule #2 Let's ride so I can figure this out.

Totally agree with the dirt bike comment.

I started @ 42, 3rd horse by 45.
Had to upgrade to achieve the proper cc engine.
I felt like I started on a Honda Z50 but ended up with a Suzuki RM400.
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