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post #1 of 19 Old 12-14-2015, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Buying a senior for my first horse

Hello everyone. I'm new to the forum and am very happy to have found a supportive community online! After recently getting back into horses, I am considering buying my own horse and would appreciate some educated and experienced opinions. I work at a local h/j barn and have fallen in love with a gentle 22 year old gelding. He is everything I could have wanted in a first horse and we have a great bond on the ground and in the saddle.

My question is, is 22 years old " too old" to consider buying? He is in great shape and is completely sound.

He has been used as a lessons horse and really loves his job. His current owner had tried retiring him but he became depressed, so he has continued on working. I have 7+ years of previous experience, but only recently have started english style riding. I like a slower, less energetic ride and am not looking to jump or compete. I also prefer leisurely trail rides and just kind of hanging out with my equine partner.

Given this information, would it be wise for me to consider purchasing him?
I appreciate your feedback!
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post #2 of 19 Old 12-14-2015, 02:03 PM
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I don't think that buying a 22 is too old. Many horse ride up into their 30's. He would be worth less than one in its teens but I think that is a great first horse.
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post #3 of 19 Old 12-14-2015, 02:03 PM
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My late mare came to me when she was 19. She was a blessing for me. She taught me so much and really built my confidence. If he is in good shape and a good match for you, I wouldn't give a second thought to his age. Keep up on his vet and hoof care- do right by him and he will do right by you. I think you two can have a great partnership.

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post #4 of 19 Old 12-14-2015, 02:11 PM
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22 is not too old in my opinion, either.

My kids' first horse was 27 when we got her. They actively rode her for three years. She was retired for one. And I put her to sleep the fifth year we had her.

We wouldn't trade the time we had with her for anything.
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post #5 of 19 Old 12-14-2015, 02:38 PM
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If this is a finished horse and it fits your abilities well then I would not be scared of the age. I might have a vet check before committing to the purchase, but other than that I would be concerned.
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post #6 of 19 Old 12-14-2015, 02:48 PM
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I think he would love having his own person. Go for it!!!
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post #7 of 19 Old 12-14-2015, 04:42 PM
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It sounds like a good deal all round -- for human and for horse.
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post #8 of 19 Old 12-14-2015, 05:23 PM
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As long as they aren't looking too much for him (because of his age, I'd go for it)
My horse I have 'borrowed' (owner won't sell, he has forever home) is the same, he's fit and healthy, he does get a few pretty expensive supplements during the cold months (not because he needs them but owner is playing safe with age and joints etc.) He otherwise acts like a 10 yr old, super safe to let my non-riding kids have a walk and trot but turns into a fizzy hyper pony when you canter but will also do dressage and is very flexible.

I don't jump him but that was his thing when younger, only because he's competitive and very forward so more likely to strain himself but I am intending to do the full show circuit locally with him next year in showing and dressage classes (in UK so english showing). He's got a lot of life in him yet and gets depressed if retired to being a field ornament ( owner tried to retire him but he lost weight, got stiff etc.)
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Hello everyone. I'm new to the forum and am very happy to have found a supportive community online! After recently getting back into horses, I am considering buying my own horse and would appreciate some educated and experienced opinions. I work at a local h/j barn and have fallen in love with a gentle 22 year old gelding. He is everything I could have wanted in a first horse and we have a great bond on the ground and in the saddle.

My question is, is 22 years old " too old" to consider buying? He is in great shape and is completely sound.

He has been used as a lessons horse and really loves his job. His current owner had tried retiring him but he became depressed, so he has continued on working. I have 7+ years of previous experience, but only recently have started english style riding. I like a slower, less energetic ride and am not looking to jump or compete. I also prefer leisurely trail rides and just kind of hanging out with my equine partner.

Given this information, would it be wise for me to consider purchasing him?
I appreciate your feedback!
I would if you can get a deal. Actually free for a retired horse as long as you give him a good forever home. It isn't fair to ship off to the unknown when you decide to upgrade. He may have been retired for a reason as good lesson horses are hard to come by.
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post #10 of 19 Old 12-14-2015, 06:05 PM
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I think it depends on the price and his health. 22 still has a good 10 years of riding left in him in most cases... I think I rode Pistol until he was about 30 and the Old Black Horse we rode until he was about 35ish.
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