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post #51 of 59 Old 04-05-2015, 04:40 PM
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15 isn't that old for a trail horse. Don't judge on the age right now, judge on how well is the horse looking in health wise, has she/he been cared for really well for last 15 years? I seen horses can go into their 20s and still be amazing horses to ride without any issues.
Have the vet help you check the horse out, they'll be able to tell you if they're capable of doing what you want for long long time. :)
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post #52 of 59 Old 04-09-2015, 01:05 PM
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I agree with everyone saying that IN GENERAL, 15 is not old for a horse. However, one thing I haven't seen mentioned is that some horses MAY be worn out or broken down by 15 if they were started early and/or ridden hard. See if you can ask about the horse's history, when it was started and how much it was ridden in those first few years, and what discipline(s) it's been used for, before going to see it. And definitely get a PPE as well.

I've known horses who are sound well into their 20s, and safer and saner due to their supposedly "advanced" age, but I've also heard of horses who can't even walk around a pasture without lots of medications and treatments by the age of 10. So some caution is warranted, but a 15-year-old horse should be just reaching its prime.
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post #53 of 59 Old 04-09-2015, 01:39 PM
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I just want to ask everyone to Shhhhhhhhhhhhh! if the consencous turns out to be that 15 might be too old for a trail horse...I don't want Sonny to hear you !! At 21, he's still going strong on the trail and I'd hate to have him cop an attitude and decide he's too old. Thanks for your help keeping the secret from him.

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post #54 of 59 Old 04-09-2015, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by mslady254 View Post
I just want to ask everyone to Shhhhhhhhhhhhh! if the consencous turns out to be that 15 might be too old for a trail horse...I don't want Sonny to hear you !! At 21, he's still going strong on the trail and I'd hate to have him cop an attitude and decide he's too old. Thanks for your help keeping the secret from him.

Another 21 year old horse doing her thing-she's gotten so into being out on trails she's becoming grumpy in the ring.

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post #55 of 59 Old 04-09-2015, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by ducky123 View Post
A horse (house, car, share of stock) is "worth" exactly what someone is willing to buy it for. If a sixteen year old horse is "worth" $2500, then what is it "worth" when it is 10, or 8, or 6?

And yes, there are plenty of motivated sellers of horses who have fine animals. The question is, do you want this horse or do you want this horse AND a years supply of food. If you don't want to haggle or risk upsetting the seller, then you've attached some $$$ figure to avoiding haggling or upsetting someone. It's your money, spend it so you feel good.

I can't say that I've bought a horse with a starting bid of less than half the asking price, I can say that for a car, several guns, and a horse trailer.

BTW, there are ways to haggle without upsetting someone. "Fine animal you've got, but I just paid my taxes and don't have that much available cash". Or "I just can't swing the $2500 right now, what with my kid in college...."
If somebody ever offered me half of what I was asking I would tell them to leave my property. Also, if you can't pay what that horse is worth then you should not be buying it at all. Horses are costly and they do need somebody who is financially able to support them. $2,500 is not a bad price for a 16 year old, safe, broke horse. In my opinion that horse is worth about $4,000 maybe even more depending on how well he is out on trails. Not all "older" horses are junk. My trainers son got his first horse and the horse was 18 at the time. The kid showed that horse (even at Nationals) every year until the horse was 23. That horse was sound, well cared for, and won a lot. So no, a 16 yr old is not a bad horse.
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post #56 of 59 Old 04-09-2015, 07:31 PM
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My boy at 30. So yeah, 15 is pretty ok for a healthy horse to trail ride.


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post #57 of 59 Old 04-10-2015, 10:20 PM
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As has been mentioned, It is important to know if the horse in question is a young healthy 15 or, if it has literally been rode hard and put away wet, and is pretty much used up.

If I were still able to ride, my 21 yr old would still be in condition to butt slide down one side of the hill and dig up the other.

He is in great health but he's also been with me since he was 2-1/2 and has been well cared for.

I guess $2,500 sounds reasonable for a well broke horse. It's way more than I've ever paid but I've always been able to take on horses that either needed more wet blankets or had some little personality quirk, novice owners should stay away from.
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post #58 of 59 Old 04-11-2015, 10:25 AM
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15 is in a horses prime. Yes you can find horses worn out by then. You can find horses worn out by 7, broken down by 3, euthanized by 10 and no one in their right mind would say "don't go look at a 7 year old, it's likely worn out". It happens, thus the ppe. If the horse is tolerably well built with a reasonable workload, it should be good into its 20's. A few examples:

My mare. 17, sound and healthy and the best trail horse their is. She's doing endurance this year and teaching a 14 year old girl to ride. I anticipate doing endurance and mountain riding well into her 20's.

My Bo's mare. 23, still looks and rides like a 5 year old. Thoroughbred, started young, raced at 2, broke her leg, rehabilitated into a winning endurance horse, a mountain horse and a phenomenal brood mare.

Friends gelding. OTTB, raced at 2. Retrained for some sort of western sport (think barrels ) then but by my friend. Endurance racing, ctr, mountain riding and lots of hard fast trails. He's 24 and still the biggest handful on the farm.

I'm seriously considering buying a 14 year old as we speak. Don't ever discount a horse based on its age.
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post #59 of 59 Old 04-11-2015, 11:04 AM
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Personaly i think as long as you trust the horse and the horse is not in pain in any way than i beleive any age is just fine for trail riding.
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