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post #11 of 39 Old 06-29-2015, 11:54 PM
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Depends. From a health aspect, if the horse is worked hard from an early age, it is possible that it is broken down by 9. Also, a race horse's career is usually over by 9.

The other possibility is if we are talking about an unstarted horse. In that case, 4-5 is still a good age to start the horse, but the older it gets the harder it is to get a good foundation on it.
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post #12 of 39 Old 07-02-2015, 12:58 AM
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9 is an excellent age. It's not old at all? I agree with most people here, it's coming into the horses prime.
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My horse is almost 18... he is aging...but not old, and won't retire for a few years yet! I reckon 9 is an ideal age for a horse. Not green, has experience behind it and many years ahead of it.
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post #14 of 39 Old 07-02-2015, 11:07 PM
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That depends. "old" for what purpose? Old for jumping, for flatwork, for trail riding, for breeding, or talking about a greenie at 9yrs?

For general riding purposes and showing, definitely far from old. Speaking in a general sense, again definitely not old. Planning to breed a maiden mare at 9, IMHO that's not "old" but I'd prefer to breed a maiden before 9, and not much after. Setting out to buy a green 9y/o - yes I'd consider that "old" in that sense, but not old in speaking of how long the horse will live.
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post #15 of 39 Old 07-03-2015, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by iayyub View Post
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
You're kidding? Do you live at a racecourse by any chance?? 9yo is quite old for a racehorse.
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post #16 of 39 Old 07-05-2015, 03:54 PM
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My horse is 17 and bursting with energy. Horse can live up to around 30 years old on average but some can live as long as 50! 9 is not old whatsoever in my opinion.
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post #17 of 39 Old 07-05-2015, 04:11 PM
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post #18 of 39 Old 07-05-2015, 04:23 PM
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Horses can live to be 25-30 years easy, and I know one that's like 34. Whoever told you 9 is old needs to learn their numbers X'D

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post #19 of 39 Old 07-05-2015, 04:31 PM
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Of course, that's of you take good care of your horses and try to do right by them.

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post #20 of 39 Old 07-05-2015, 04:36 PM
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Sorry OP, but I really wish people would stop posting these threads.

Horses can live until 30 in good care, easily be rideable until they hit 20 and maybe slow down a bit after that (but I do know many horses that make it until late 20s and still ride pretty hard). Past that you should decide, there are trade offs with a horse of any age, generally long term soundness vs experience. If you are willing to get a green-ish horse and want to keep it for 20+ years sure get a younger horse.

The reason people suggest "older" horses (mid teens usually) for beginners is because those are the horses that have been there done that. And, after riding said horse for 5, maybe 10 years they will know if they want to step up and get a (maybe) greener horse that is more athletic and capable of high stress events (like jumping)

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