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post #1 of 39 Old 06-29-2015, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Is 9 years old for a horse

Where I live they consider 9 years to be to old for a horse they say a 4-5 years is good and till seven is acceptable after that they are old ---I want to do general ground work maybe so jumping ---please advise professional advice
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post #2 of 39 Old 06-29-2015, 07:50 PM
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Horses often live to 30 and beyond with good care, so you can do the math
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post #3 of 39 Old 06-29-2015, 07:54 PM
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I got my first horse at 20, and he was older than me...by two years!

Do you live in a country where horses are worked very hard at a young age, or do not have a lot of access to veterinary/dental/farrier care?
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post #4 of 39 Old 06-29-2015, 08:02 PM
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Nine is not old for a horse, take into account horses are not usually ridden until they are 3 or 4 years old, gee, you get a whole 5 or 6 years before old age sets in? Nine is what I would consider a prime age for a horse, meaning the horse is the best at this age, usually, some younger, most older. Horses are living well into their 20's for sure, many into their 30's. Whoever thinks nine is old for a horse is not informed and not very knowledgeable about horses.

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post #5 of 39 Old 06-29-2015, 09:01 PM
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sorry, but what general area are you at? to me, 9 is the prime of the hrose's life. from about 8 to 14 . they are mature, but not dealing with age related issues.
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post #6 of 39 Old 06-29-2015, 09:22 PM
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Nine is an excellent age.

For a first horse 8 -16 is generally a good age bracket.
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post #7 of 39 Old 06-29-2015, 09:25 PM
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I was taught that the perfect age for buying a riding horse is 8-12 years. That's about perfect.

Are you talking about race horses? That's the only type of horse I could imaging would be considered "old" at that age...
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post #8 of 39 Old 06-29-2015, 09:31 PM
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Nine is not old for a health horse that wasn't worked into the ground too early in life, which is unfortunately too common in some areas. Many horses live well into their 20s and some even into their 30s, so 9 is certainly not old. Many even keep in decent work until late in life, though old horse owners do need to be aware of the realities of an aging horse and adjust work accordingly. Age can be such a funny thing in horses- one horse may work until they're 30 with no real age related problems and simply pass away one day. A 5 year old horse could randomly colic and die one day, or suffer an injury that makes them lame for life. Sometimes relatively young horses start having age-related problems relatively young. I recently lost my horse suddenly due to lymphoma at 14 years, but a friend of mine is still showing her 20 year old TB in jumpers. The pony she's leasing out is probably 22 at this point and still going strong showing in a trainer's lesson program. There's just really no way of knowing, but I certainly wouldn't consider a 9 year horse to be old!
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post #9 of 39 Old 06-29-2015, 10:11 PM
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Very few people would consider 9 to be old. IIRC, most horses in the Olympics are 10 or older, some in their late teens.

Horses that are started early and worked hard at a young age (racing, reining, etc) often 'break down' early, but that's not the norm.
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post #10 of 39 Old 06-29-2015, 11:40 PM
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I would say that 9 is most defiantly not old for a horse! Usually horses are considered old when the get to 20 years. Most healthy horses live till 30 something. It is a little different with the mini horses and Morgans because they can usually live longer than the average horse. When I was getting my first horse, I was told to get a horse between the age of 10-15 years.
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