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post #41 of 59 Old 03-29-2015, 08:20 AM
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16 years is a good solid age. Old enough to really be "been there, done that" but young enough to expect another 10 years or more out of them if they're currently healthy.

$2500 for a solid BTDT trail horse who will carry nervous or green riders and deal with scary/stressful situations is a steal (to me). Good solid horses like that are worth $5k or more where I'm at if they're healthy, and that price goes up if they have roping/reining/pleasure or other additional training or if they're gaited.

Now, if the horse has minor health or lameness issues, but is solid minded, just $2.5k starts making more sense. Or if the horse is not actually btdt, is a little green or has training issues I'd expect much cheaper. Of course you CAN find good horses for cheaper, but you've got to know horses well enough to find them, and most people who need to ask if a price is reasonable aren't in the horse industry deep enough to do so (safely). Better to pay a little more for a horse that really is reliable (which is also a q you need experienced folks to help answer) than get a horse that is green, lame, or crazy. You'll save the difference in hospital bills.
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post #42 of 59 Old 03-29-2015, 08:52 AM
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Our top trail rides are on a 15, 16 & 21 yr old. The 21 yr old Paint loves it the most, I think. As soon as you being saddling her, she is chomping at the bit to get on the trail. There are steady, take everything in stride and when something does happen (as it always will) they are calm and easy to handle. Best of luck
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post #43 of 59 Old 03-29-2015, 09:36 AM
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16 is definitely not too old for a trail horse. My best riding horse, Viva, was a gift horse of indeterminate age, who was around 15 when he came to me. He was a superb ride, balanced, forward going, always willing to do anything. The only problem was, in his last year or two of life, he developed some breathing problem and would 'run out of breath' in the middle of a long ride. I suppose you need to be sure that an older horse is not older than the seller claims, and does not have hidden health issues. Which a good independent vetting could help you with.
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post #44 of 59 Old 03-29-2015, 08:31 PM
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In my area, a well trained, seasoned trail horse would most likely be sold in one day for that asking price!
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post #45 of 59 Old 03-29-2015, 08:54 PM
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I would have no problem buying a 16 year old. To me that isn't old at all for trail riding.
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post #46 of 59 Old 03-30-2015, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by ducky123 View Post
Offer $900 and settle for something south of $1500.
Offer $900 on a horse that's priced $2,500?

Good grief, don't even waste the seller's time with an offer like that.

If $2,500 is over what you want to pay for a horse, then don't go look at a $2,500 horse.

Originally Posted by ducky123 View Post

Somebody looking to unload a 16 year old horse isn't looking for money. They want assurances that the horse will be a treasured member of the family.
Who says this family is looking to "unload" this horse?

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post #47 of 59 Old 03-30-2015, 06:14 PM
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My mare is 15 this spring. She has just as much "go" as she had when she got here 8 years ago (actually more as she arrived lame). I fully expect her to be fully active for another 10+ years. Many horses now are regularly ridden into their late 20's. Barring other health issues, the more active a horse is, the better they will be overall and into their old age. My friend's 28 yrold gelding only started showing trouble when she was unable to ride regularly and his arthritis started to bother him.
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post #48 of 59 Old 03-30-2015, 07:10 PM
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One of our mares is going on 30 this August, and we still walk her, and go for walks. It stops her arthritis from taking over.
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post #49 of 59 Old 03-30-2015, 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by ducky123 View Post
Way too much money for what you want.
I definitely disagree with this. I think that's a solid price for a solid horse.
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post #50 of 59 Old 03-30-2015, 09:29 PM
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1. 15 is not too old. I have jumped horses over 20. This was not a problem because they were healthy and conditioned properly.

2. That sounds like a fair price for my area (Ontario, Canada). Most people have wiggle room, wouldn't hurt to offer $2200 and settle on $2300 (or something).

Best of luck!
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