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post #11 of 17 Old 10-24-2013, 03:30 PM
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18?! This is the switch age when they start reverting to three year old behavior again ;)

If your horse is working fine, then keep at it. I hate people who stick a perfectly workable but older horse in a field because it's nicer for them... And then the horse stiffens up, loses muscle tone and looks like a Halloween character.

I find as they get older, or weather cools, a longer warm up and cool down and more rest periods make for a happy Goldie oldie. My 21yo school master was ridden for an hour a day, he is still competing with his new owner ;)
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post #12 of 17 Old 10-24-2013, 04:02 PM
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I don't think you should retire or semi-retire him until he tells you it's time :) My trainer's horse is 18, my barn owner's daughter occasionally barrels her 19-year-old, and the first horse I had went to a new home at 19 and went on to do several more years of dressage showing with his new owner. Just listen to your boy and I think you'll be fine!

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post #13 of 17 Old 10-24-2013, 04:35 PM
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I think he is fine to continue riding. Many horses are ridden into their twenties, then again many aren't. I think it's just something to be aware of, keep an eye on how quick he's getting tired. Keep him fit, while horses are still okay ridden that old I don't think they're as good for just pulling out of the paddock and riding out of the blue. You'd be better off keeping consistent work rather than sporadic.
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post #14 of 17 Old 10-24-2013, 04:46 PM
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Keep riding. I'd just start looking into joint supplements for him to keep him in good shape. I have a 25yo QH with bad hock arthritis but my vet has told me to keep riding him. Movement is good for the joints as long as they aren't overworked.
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post #15 of 17 Old 10-24-2013, 06:35 PM
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Everyone else has said the same thing but no reason not to keep working him- he'll live a longer and healthier life if you keep him out there!
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post #16 of 17 Old 10-25-2013, 03:30 AM
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My riding instructor owns a 30 year old horse who still is a lesson horse! Granted, she has owned the horse since it was a filly so it has always had the best care. I don't understand why people would retire their horses before 25 unless they are unsound or in pain. I think you will be able to tell when the time to retire him has come, rather than impulsively retiring him because you saw a thread on it :) Good luck to you and your gorgeous guy!

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post #17 of 17 Old 10-25-2013, 09:50 AM
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The horse will tell you! I just bought my "new" girl-she's 18 ( I have her papers.) She's worked all her life (youth/bible camp) & is a great "go-er"~she's Morgan. Her life w/me will be much easier than what she had, though.
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