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post #11 of 19 Old 03-06-2016, 05:05 PM
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At our barn, the owner's daughter shows a 20 or 21-year-old horse at all the big AQHA shows and does really well.
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post #12 of 19 Old 03-06-2016, 05:29 PM
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Phhhttt, I didn't even LIKE my old gelding until he was 18. I competed in trail obstacles until he was 30. He's 34 now and I just ordered a light weight soft saddle to ride around in. I stopped riding him because it seemed his knees were having trouble transitioning uneven ground. But he got depressed so my vet said "Ride him".

If I had the opportunity to purchase an 18 year old in good condition with good health records, I'd go for it.
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My very first horse was about 21 when I got him. He lasted a long time, and lots of people rode him, including my trainer's students, and my ex-boyfriend. He was a total sweetheart, and very well loved.

My current horse, whom I've had for a long, long time, is turning 19 this year. She's currently out of commission on injury not at all age related (freak pasture accident), but she was going strong, and I expect her to be going strong again once she recovers.

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I would be planning her show schedule now if she hadn't injured herself... hopefully she'll be all better soon and I'll be doing jumper shows with her later this year!

A lot of it depends on the horse. I don't think an older horse is ever going to vet completely clean, but if you know what you want to do, make sure its sound for that. You obviously want a sound horse for showing, but you also don't want to torture an animal that just can't do it.

Although I hear dressage is good for keeping them sound, so I'll be testing that once my mare is feeling better!

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post #14 of 19 Old 03-06-2016, 09:51 PM
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18 is not neccisarily too old but it's not young either.

Lots of people on here advocate for an older horse but to be honest I don't.

To me 18 is pretty much as old as your can realistically sell a horse, it happens but it's much harder. If in two years you want to upgrade to something more competitive or capable you're going to have a lot of trouble selling a 20 year old. With older horses comes an increasing potential for higher maintenance coats. You may be able to manage this fine but selling a horse at 20 is going to attract only the lower budget buyers who often don't have the money for extensive care. This can put you in a tricky situation regarding who to sell to, options etc.

There is a place for older horses and don't get me wrong, I plan to keep mine forever but I wouldn't be buying into the situation when I knew there was increasing possibility for higher costs, loss of use, medical issues and possible difficulties with selling.

With the right horse, life and maintenance horses are often ridden into their late twenties, but I've also seen a lot of horses unsound in the early twenties followed by periods of high costs and increased care.

This is just my opinion, and it's one of many. There are benefits and disadvantages on all angles. I'd consider you, where you keep your horse and ability to manage changing costs, as well as your more strategic longer term plans.
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post #15 of 19 Old 03-06-2016, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all so much for putting in the time to give me such thorough and complete answers!! It really does help! If we really bond well I do intend to keep this horse for the rest of its years so long as I am at all capable of doing so.
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post #16 of 19 Old 03-07-2016, 01:03 AM
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Horses are like people, you can have a young 50 year old and an old 50 year old if you know what I mean.

I got my boy at 19 and I know very little of his history. After his "recovery" (he was very thin) I started riding him. He had tons of energy and a lot of the doubts I had about his age vanished. By the time he reached 21 he'd noticeably slowed down. Now at 22 he's still capable of our slow trail rides but I wouldn't feel comfortable asking any more of him. Some days he's perky and alert and ready to go and other days he just sort of sleep walks through it.

I have one friend with a 40 year old Arab that doesn't look a day over 20. She's owned that horse for nearly 30 years and taken fantastic care of her. Still goes on trail rides, still totally healthy and doing great. But then another friend that bought an 18 year old rodeo horse and had to have him put down at 24 because of old injuries. When it comes to my own I often think if he had been better taken care of in his teen years he wouldn't be showing his age as much as he is.
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post #17 of 19 Old 03-07-2016, 10:32 AM
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i always say that it depends on the horse, but overall, i definately do not think that 18 is too old. our mare still showed at 38, had her last show about 3 weeks before we unexpectidly were forced to put her down.

our two best lesson horses are 17 and 21. they go to shows almost every weekend with multiple students and are always in the ribbons! the 17 year old maxs out at 2'6, he mostly does up to 2'3. but the 21 year old is still doing some 2'6-2'9 courses. my friends horse she leases is 22 and was just retired from 3'3 (started out at about 3'6-3'9 when he was younger). shes doing 3 foot with him.

i just met a woman last show season that has a 31 year old ottb gelding. she is showing him consistantly at 3 foot.

obviously with an older horse, there will be some maintence, especially since your doing hunters and jumping. maybe you will have to get him injected once a year, maybe at home you can only jump 2 foot and at shows do the higher fences, maybe you can only jump once a week at most. it really just depends on the horse, but i think its worth it!


EDIT: i didnt thoroughly read the whole thing and just saw about how he was a hunter horse so thats what i talked about, sorry! but if your only doing pleasure stuff on the flat, i would definately go for it! especially since hes had the past few years off, that means nothing strenuous was done with him so he doesnt have that "wear and tear". just make sure you try him and get him vetted and if he passes and you still think hes a good match, then id go for it!

im also not one to get an older horse, but i do think it depends on the horse, what you want to do, and what your goals are. it sounds like you have it all figured out and i really think it would work and sounds like a good situation!

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i always say that it depends on the horse, but overall, i definately do not think that 18 is too old. our mare still showed at 38, had her last show about 3 weeks before we unexpectidly were forced to put her down.

our two best lesson horses are 17 and 21. they go to shows almost every weekend with multiple students and are always in the ribbons! the 17 year old maxs out at 2'6, he mostly does up to 2'3. but the 21 year old is still doing some 2'6-2'9 courses. my friends horse she leases is 22 and was just retired from 3'3 (started out at about 3'6-3'9 when he was younger). shes doing 3 foot with him.

i just met a woman last show season that has a 31 year old ottb gelding. she is showing him consistantly at 3 foot.

obviously with an older horse, there will be some maintence, especially since your doing hunters and jumping. maybe you will have to get him injected once a year, maybe at home you can only jump 2 foot and at shows do the higher fences, maybe you can only jump once a week at most. it really just depends on the horse, but i think its worth it!


EDIT: i didnt thoroughly read the whole thing and just saw about how he was a hunter horse so thats what i talked about, sorry! but if your only doing pleasure stuff on the flat, i would definately go for it! especially since hes had the past few years off, that means nothing strenuous was done with him so he doesnt have that "wear and tear". just make sure you try him and get him vetted and if he passes and you still think hes a good match, then id go for it!

im also not one to get an older horse, but i do think it depends on the horse, what you want to do, and what your goals are. it sounds like you have it all figured out and i really think it would work and sounds like a good situation!
Thank you! I hope it does work out well, too!
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Idle Dice competed in the Olympics. When he was 18, he still showed Grand Prix.
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