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post #1 of 21 Old 04-15-2016, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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Purchasing a horse- how old is too old?

We are buying a first horse for our daughter. She's 12 and has been having lessons for 3 years- she's a competent novice or intermediate on the right horse.

We're looking at a fantastic looking mare who has been there, done that, can teach her everything she needs to know.

She's 17- is that too old, do you think?

I know it depends on soundness. Assuming she's completely sound (we wouldn't buy a horse that isn't), would you buy a horse of that age? We want one to last her through school (6 years).

We are prepared to have a retired horse on the property and know that we won't be selling her on.
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post #2 of 21 Old 04-15-2016, 12:42 AM
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For a daughter her age, you bet!

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Just bought my first horse. She's 18 and healthy and I couldn't have asked for a better temperament. We typically ride 5 days a week too. 17 is not old.
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For a daughter her age, you bet!
Sorry, you mean it's too old?
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post #5 of 21 Old 04-15-2016, 01:22 AM
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No, that's a great age for a horse to be suited to your daughter of her age. As long as he's sound, I would have no qualms about the horse's age at all.

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post #6 of 21 Old 04-15-2016, 09:43 AM
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17 is not too old at all

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post #7 of 21 Old 04-15-2016, 09:54 AM
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That's a great age. Just be prepared for "senior maintenance" when the time comes. Sounds like she would have a great home with you guys!
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post #8 of 21 Old 04-15-2016, 10:07 AM
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My first horse was 21 and was exactly what I needed! 17 a great age as long as they are healthy and sound. Remember, horses can live into their late 20's and 30's, and this mare will probably be ready to retire right about the time your daughter is about to move on.
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post #9 of 21 Old 04-15-2016, 10:17 AM
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17 is what I'd consider a perfect age for a horse, especially for a young newbie. They're young enough to still have some get up and go, but have experienced the world and tend to be much more sensible than inexperienced youngsters.

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post #10 of 21 Old 04-15-2016, 10:36 AM
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My first was 18 years old when I got him, and even though I had been riding for many years before that, he was the perfect age for a first horse for the reasons Speed Racer mentioned above.

Good luck and congrats on possibly becoming a horse owner!
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