Well we've got two oldies, and we just love them to death!
This is Puddin', an un-registered grade Quarter Horse (or so we're assuming.) She's 28 years old and a favorite of mine. We've only had the old girl for about two and a half years, but she's worked hard for us the entire time. She was donated to our therapeudic facility by a local Tack Store owner, to be used as a beginners lesson horse and trail horse. We, ofcourse, accepted her and we haven't regretted it since!
We found out in October of 2010 that Puddin' is 90% blind in her right eye after she began spooking while tied up, but after some slight adaptions she's still very safe and very kid friendly. I'd trust her with my child if I had one. She does have some tooth problems and has to be floated every 3-4 months, and we've had difficulty with keeping her at a good weight, but she's still a powerhouse and enjoys her work with the children! I've never had her fuss even once about a kid putting something on her wrong or too tight, or offering to buck...even when a kid out her bridle on completely upside down once O_O. You'd better ride her right though or she's just going to ignore you!
And then we have Delriah, our 50 year old Quarter Horse mare. She was once registered, but due to having switched owners so often, her registration was never renewed after age 27. We are currently working with the AQHA to try and get her re-registered, but it is a slow process because of the limited proof that we have.
She's quite the golden girl though! Del was actually only retired a few months ago, due to nerve loss in her hocks that causes her to trip. Before those she was an elite member of our lesson team and she LOVED to go! Before coming to us, Del was supposively used as a reining, cutting, and 4-H horse, and to this day when she sees a cow, she's all cow horse and wants to go after it immediately!
Delriah now lives out a nice, quiet retirement with lots of little kids to pet and cuddle with her, and plenty of room to play when she wants to!
'who're you calling old?!'