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post #31 of 39 Old 07-05-2015, 10:51 PM
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Isn't 'prime' for an endurance horse early-mid teens?
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post #32 of 39 Old 07-05-2015, 11:42 PM
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Let's not forget good old Elmer Bandit:
Competitive Trail Horse Elmer Bandit, 38, Euthanized |

Passed away just before turning 39 (put to sleep) and finished an event 5 months previously.

"...Elmer’s lifetime mileage to 20,780 miles, surpassing the previous record held by Wing Tempo. Elmer won numerous National Championships over his 34-year career."

Go Elmer.

I will say again though for sake of helping the OP. In some areas where horse care is not advanced then you may need to be looking at a younger horse, but even if that is the case you still shouldn't be riding them until at LEAST 2 years old. No 9 isn't old but it may be in your area. Regardless, do your best to research and provide proper care to your horse and they may well surprise you!

9 is really a young middle age (say a 30 year old). I will add that I heard a competitive reiner referring to his 12 year olds as old and saying they didn't have much left in them. BUT that was not in reference to their life span but to their usability as competitive reining horses which is a very physically demanding discipline.
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post #33 of 39 Old 07-06-2015, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by DreaMy View Post
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)
Do remember that many people live in areas/countries where the average life expectancy and working age of a horse is different than here. It's a very valid question to ask ;)
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post #34 of 39 Old 07-06-2015, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Yogiwick View Post
If the OP is in a rural location in Africa 9 may very well be old..
This is what I am assuming, I believe the OP is not in the USA. I think we forget that there are still places in the world where horses/donkeys/mules are worked incredibly hard from a very young age, and they also do not receive the same level of veterinary care/good feed/supplementation/farrier care/rest that horses in first-world nations often enjoy. Even some countries in the EU still rely on the work of donkeys and horses for the livelihood of many of their rural populations.

EDIT: Upon further inspection, I was right in my assumption - the OP lives in Libya.
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post #35 of 39 Old 07-07-2015, 01:44 PM
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9 is prime for a show horse.

She wears short skirts, I wear tall boots,
She's cheer captain and I'm jumping oxers.
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Good luck with your new horse.
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8-14 is perfect, my first horse was 18 but didnt look a day past 12! She was full of life - with age comes wisdom :)
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Depends entirely on how much wear and tear the horse has had, how it was cared for and how old it started working and how hard it was worked from an early age
Its all relative.
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post #39 of 39 Old 07-16-2015, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by jaydee View Post
Depends entirely on how much wear and tear the horse has had, how it was cared for and how old it started working and how hard it was worked from an early age
Its all relative.
And genetics (and breed) of course.
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