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post #11 of 59 Old 03-27-2015, 07:00 AM
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15 is not to old as long as the horse is healthy and sound. Just like people if they are kept in good shape and taken care of they can perform well into the golden years.

I have a friend that trail rides a horse that is in the mid twenties.
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post #12 of 59 Old 03-27-2015, 08:33 AM
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My first horse was 23 when I got him, and he not only tore up the trails but led all the trail rides. 15 is nowhere near old! As long as they are physically healthy and sound, having a job and consistent work keeps a horse healthy longer than letting them sit in a pasture eating.
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post #13 of 59 Old 03-27-2015, 09:10 AM
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PPE yes and I bought my horse at 16 and she is the best **** trail horse I have ever ridden plus when they are that age they have pretty much seen/done everything so it shouldnt really bother her.
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post #14 of 59 Old 03-27-2015, 09:29 AM
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15 going on 16 is perfectly fine for a trail horse. You'll have many years left to spend with her.

If she's a GOOD trail horse and will go wherever you point her, I think $2,500 is a very reasonable asking price.
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post #15 of 59 Old 03-27-2015, 09:37 AM
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I too am a fan of older horses on trails. But if you are patient and watch Craigslist and feed store boards, you can find a nice older horse for much closer to $0 than $2500. That said, the price of the horse is the cheapest part of horse ownership.
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post #16 of 59 Old 03-27-2015, 09:47 AM
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We have used 20+ year old horses from anything to trail rides, hunting, barrel racing, etc. They have been around and will pretty much keep you out of trouble.
Sure ducky123, you can find cheap horses or free horses, but they usually come with plenty of issues..........
$2500 is not to much for a sound, healthy trustworthy horse.
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post #17 of 59 Old 03-27-2015, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by wyominggrandma View Post
Sure ducky123, you can find cheap horses or free horses, but they usually come with plenty of issues..........
That's why "patient" was the key word in my post. Pass on every horse with "plenty of issues". (Same advice for buying autos!) If the inner cheapskate in you matches my level of obsessiveness, look for a horse that was bought for a kid who lost interest (that goes double for musical instruments) or the horse whose owner got downsized out of a job.

Should this person buy this specific horse? Hell yes she should buy it if she's convinced the horse is right. $2500 isn't a lot of money in the greater scheme of horse ownership.

If you don't want to wait and found the horse you really want, you spend your $$$ and get your enjoyment. That's what having extra $$$ in your wallet is all about!!
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post #18 of 59 Old 03-27-2015, 10:50 AM
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Sixteen is certainly not too old for a trail horse or a show horse either for that matter. I would take everything beside his age into consideration: general health, soundness, training, disposition, etc. and decide if this is the right horse for you. As for the price....It doesn't cost any more to keep a good horse than it does a cheap horse and sometimes less when you don't have to add in soundness and training issues that often come with cheap horses.
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post #19 of 59 Old 03-27-2015, 11:40 AM
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!5 is not to old, you will have at least 10 great years and probably more.
Defiantly get a PPE, and $2500 for a good trail horse that will take care of you on the trails is so worth it.
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post #20 of 59 Old 03-27-2015, 02:49 PM
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My horse is 16 and he's managed 5- 9 miles every day this week and a jumping lesson today training over 1m20. For goodness sake, don't go telling him he's old, he's fitter than the 7 year olds at our yard!

Get a vetting done to check the horse is up for the job though. We seem to forget horses are living longer. My friends 19 year old not long ago won the 1.30m on the sunshine tour in Spain. 15 is not old, and for a low impact job like trail riding, 15 is not too old.

My 12.2hh welsh mountain pony is still out on full loan at 27 years old and still jumps a 2'3 course and hacks 3 times a week, looking after his little rider bless him.

Horses are living longer, 15 is simply middle aged!
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