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post #1 of 59 Old 03-26-2015, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Is 15 too old for a trail horse?

I am thinking about buying a horse that is 15 years old. Will turn 16 in June. I will be using her for trail riding. She is an outstanding horse but so many people say 16 is "old". She has points in many different areas but I will just use her for trail riding. So 1. would you worry about that age and 2. is $2,500 for a good horse to much for that age?
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post #2 of 59 Old 03-26-2015, 10:32 PM
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1. My horse is almost nineteen and does good on trails. The only thing I would worry about it making sure we CAN do it. So getting a PPE done on her would be best.

2. $2,500 sounds like a decent price, especially if she's broke, trained, and does well on trails i.e: crossing water, stepping over logs, walks/trots/canters, handles hills well.

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1. My horse is almost nineteen and does good on trails. The only thing I would worry about it making sure we CAN do it. So getting a PPE done on her would be best.

2. $2,500 sounds like a decent price, especially if she's broke, trained, and does well on trails i.e: crossing water, stepping over logs, walks/trots/canters, handles hills well.
Thanks for your reply. According to the owner, previous owner and watching a video she sent looks like she can do everything they said. I am going to bring someone with me tomorrow to look at her too! I will for sure get a vet check. Thanks again for your input, I see you are from Kansas too!
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Way too much money for what you want.
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post #5 of 59 Old 03-26-2015, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Way too much money for what you want.
Thanks for the input!
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post #6 of 59 Old 03-26-2015, 11:09 PM
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I see you are from Kansas too!
Wow, didn't even notice!! Good luck!

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post #7 of 59 Old 03-26-2015, 11:14 PM
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My 15 year old horse still does ranch work and plays polo. He's no where near the oldest I know that do either of those.
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post #8 of 59 Old 03-26-2015, 11:18 PM
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My horse turned 15 this year. I feel like he's in his prime for trail riding. He's super steady, has pretty much seen everything so rarely spooks and physically he's just as fit as a horse half his age. He'll go through and over anything I point him at unquestioningly.

Give me a seasoned trail horse with a little age any day.
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post #9 of 59 Old 03-27-2015, 02:42 AM
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So long as the horse is healthy, sound and in work they can keep working well into their 20's. There are horses competing in the Olympics in their late teens/early 20's and they are jumping 1.60m plus rounds :)
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post #10 of 59 Old 03-27-2015, 05:12 AM
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Around here, "mature", seasoned, finished horses that are "go anywhere", "been there, done that" horses are a niche market that fetch very good prices from folks that are looking for everyday consistency, no training required, or are tired of eating dirt, and $2500 is actually on the low end of the price range.

Our 21 year old Paint lead mare and penner, Angel, is still our "go to" horse, never lame or sick, has all the gears, from a pokey walk to gallop, cruise control, auto pilot, and can be ridden every day or every 6 months with the same consistency and performance.


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