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post #21 of 56 Old 03-17-2015, 06:06 PM
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Hi All!

I have two older geldings in my care, my 21yo TB, and a 31yo Paint. Love ' em both, even take the "old" guy out for real gentle rides in The Hood now and then; he loves to go.

However. The real cost of a horse is in keeping it, not getting it. Should circumstances arise where I was needing to rehome one of them, I would be far more concerned with finding him a good home than the chump change he would bring in the market.

I'm sure many, if not most owners of elderly equines see things in a similar light.

Just something to keep in mind when you speak of "buying" an older horse :-)

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post #22 of 56 Old 03-17-2015, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by CuriousWillowLad View Post
Thank you all for your replies, it's interesting to know what you all think, as everyone has different opinions on the situation. I think if the time was right, the money was right and he was sound- and the vet check was good I wouldn't think anything other than getting him.
If it did ever come to being offered the horse, I would highly consider buying him, purely because I love him, it wouldn't bother me if over time he couldn't be ridden, I would be happy to keep him as healthy as possible. :) He means the world to me.

This is exactly the attitude I had when I took my mare. I have known and ridden her for the past 8 years. She was even called "my horse" around the barn beige I owned her for real. I'm going to be grateful for the time she is sound and rideable, and I will be honored to give her a retirement when she is no longer rideable!
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post #23 of 56 Old 03-17-2015, 11:40 PM
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The oldest horse I have ever bought was a 21 year old AQHA brood mare. It was a 3 in 1 deal where she had a colt on her side and was rebred. I bought her because she really needed a new home and she had bloodlines that I liked besides liking what I saw in her colt. That being said I don't think I'd buy a riding horse that was over 15. I hope I don't ever have to buy another one though. My youngest is 7 so I'm hoping he stays in good health until my age/health no longer allows me to ride.

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post #24 of 56 Old 03-18-2015, 05:05 AM Thread Starter
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It seems a high majority of people would go wit older horses if they were sound and healthy.. I like that. :) it shows some people care still for the older ones and not throw them as they get to certain age..
I guess there are positives and negatives about buying and keeping an older horse just like there are for any horse..
But I love him, and he means the world to me. :) and I would do anything I could to keep him safe! :)

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post #25 of 56 Old 03-18-2015, 09:00 AM
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Well, my mare is turning 30 this year, and I was seriously considering adding a 31 year old to my barn to be her companion.... I do freely admit that I would have gone into that with little to no expectation of being able to ride said senior acquisition. It depends what kind of relationship you want with the horse, and what kinds of things their body permits them to do! Personally, I love that older horses have seen so much of life.
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post #26 of 56 Old 03-20-2015, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Cat by the Sea View Post
Well, my mare is turning 30 this year, and I was seriously considering adding a 31 year old to my barn to be her companion.... I do freely admit that I would have gone into that with little to no expectation of being able to ride said senior acquisition. It depends what kind of relationship you want with the horse, and what kinds of things their body permits them to do! Personally, I love that older horses have seen so much of life.
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Cat, that is exactly what I did with my old horse when I retired her. I gave her to an old fellow who was looking for a companion horse for his own retired horse. I wouldn't BUY a horse that age. This one was given to me. Between the vet check and her BLM brand, we figured she was about 22 when I got her. She gave me 4 good years before she got the heaves and I couldn't justify working her any more. But I also couldn't justify the expense of keeping a horse that I couldn't use.
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post #27 of 56 Old 03-23-2015, 03:19 PM
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I was given my first horse at 16 (I was told by owner/neighbor that the horse was also 16). He lived to be 34. He had injured his hind leg at 17 and was not riding sound for about a year. He was good for light riding which is what I enjoyed, but by the time he turned 28, the scar tissue just couldn't hold up to even that any more. He had also developed arthritis. He then became a lawn ornament. By the time he reached his 30's, most of his teeth were worn down to the gums. I had to feed him soaked hay cubes/pelleted feed. I gave him Source and a powdered yucca supplement for the arthritis. We ended up using him for a baby sitter for the foals we weaned. He was patient and gentle with them. We ended up putting him down due to complications from colic. I believe he got into the colt's hay, which he had never seemed to bother with before. I never begrudged him anything he needed until his death.

I'm currently 51 and would absolutely take on another geriatric horse. I would do as you have been advised, and have a thorough vet check first though. See what it is that you are taking on or what may lie ahead for you in the future. I would say it would depend on what experience you have as far as riding. What you want to be able to do with the horse. The horse's physical condition and how it had been used in the past. Which will be a pretty good indicator of future soundness. If you might not be willing to change how you ride (maybe not being able to canter/gallop, jump, pole bend etc.) if/when the horse's needs may dictate the need to do so. I would say stick with a younger horse. And you just may end up with a lawn ornament as this horse reaches the end of its usefulness, would you be willing/able to meet it's needs? Keep it even though you could no longer ride it? Find it a good home if not?

Food for thought.
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post #28 of 56 Old 03-27-2015, 06:19 PM
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If a sixteen year old grade trail horse is "worth" $2500, what would a similar 8 year old be "worth"?
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post #29 of 56 Old 03-27-2015, 06:40 PM
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Because my good trail horse was at home I rode him during his 27th year as he was in good flesh. But, I was very aware of how he was handling the hills. If he wanted to rest, that was ok by me. I'd even dismount and let him graze. The rides had gotten shorter each year and ripping up a hill had stopped years before. He was a sensible horse and knew his limitations as did I. During his last two years we'd ride to a nearby lake, maybe half a mile which included a long hill. He was fine with that. We'd stop on a knoll and take a breather, look around and when he wanted, we'd head home. Most of the ride was at the walk. We both enjoyed the relaxed pace.

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post #30 of 56 Old 03-27-2015, 07:58 PM
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Everybody agrees that a 16 year old old horse can make for a great trail companion. My guess is that there is some sort of "social relationship" that makes haggling awkward. Most people looking to unload a horse long in years are looking for something other than $$$. If it's a horse I REALLY wanted, I would offer $900 and settle for something south of $1500.

For a 16 year old horse, the buyer owns the hammer.
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