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post #31 of 56 Old 03-27-2015, 07:34 PM
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I have an 18 year old OTTB. He still jumps just over 4 feet, kicks butt at cross country, and has tons of fun racing other horses on trails. He's still full of energy and spunk. He does require supplements because he has very mild arthritis, but that is all that he needs and he moves fine with them. I've known horses that age that just go downhill fast and are skinny and can't get into shape, and I also know a 33 year old Morgan mare who is having her last showing season this summer and then retiring. If I were horse shopping, I'd go for a younger horse at this point because I'd want a project horse, but I wouldn't pass up a good olde horse if they had what I wanted in a horse.
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post #32 of 56 Old 03-27-2015, 07:54 PM
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post #33 of 56 Old 03-27-2015, 09:30 PM
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My horse is almost 19. He is still stubborn, still kicks when he gets irritated under saddle, rarely bucks, takes off like a maniac in the pasture, and can be a BRAT! :)

Yes, I would buy an older well trained horse. Now I don't trust Roman to be a little angel and walk off with a beginner.

As for ducky's earlier comment...$2500 is a GREAT price for a nice trail horse. My horse was $500 and has his issues. I think cheap horses are the ones with most issues - but of course there are perfect horses.for cheap too! An 8yo, depending on how he's trained and how he handles things, perhaps the same price. But a lot of people like older horses vs. younger ones because older horses tend to be more gentle, easy-going, laid back, well trained.
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post #34 of 56 Old 05-20-2016, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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It's been awhile since I've posted and since I started this thread. I've still got my boy on loan and I love every minute. However something I was not expecting has just happened- the other day my boys owner asked if I was interested in buying him. I'm in two minds- I would love to buy him, however he is 24 years old, I had the physio out for him the other day and although he has made great progress since I last had her out to see him he still has issues. Although these are being cared for with supplement and exercises. We've been advised not to bring him back into jumping as this will possibly make things worse for him. I know the best thing for him is to buy him as I will then be able to provide the care he needs- such as his supplement which was being given to him secretively for a short while. I'm surprised at the price she is offering me and what it involves- really for my boy it's a pretty good offer! How do people feel about buying a 24 year old? And what insurance do people tend to get for them?
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post #35 of 56 Old 05-20-2016, 09:41 PM
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My paint gelding was 15 when I got him, he's 18 now. He was a neglect/abuse case, and is a grumpy opinionated old man in a ring, but loves trail rides. He's mostly retired ( some stiffness in his hocks that's most likely early arthritis, he's on 24/7 220 acres, so I don't worry too much right now), but he's a good example of an aging horse you wouldn't want under normal circumstances.

However, if I found an elderly horse who still had good legs, and good feet, and was happy to plod along, ring or trail, I'd snatch it up in a heart beat. Older horses are often more safe, with a steadier personality, which makes them great. If an older horse has been well cared for, and still has the get up and go that you need, I wouldn't hesitate, provided it passes a vet check.

It all comes down to the two individuals involved, you and the horse.
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post #36 of 56 Old 05-21-2016, 03:43 AM
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I have two "lifers" with me now. One is 20 and the other is 10. They will both be with me until they die.

Would I buy the 20yr old if I hadn't raised him? No. I wouldn't. He's older and arthritic from a long life of competition, and realistically while I'm sure he'll live a lot longer, he's not a great riding candidate. Kids can't ride him, he's too hot. No use in me legging him up if I can't compete on him. He's a pasture puff.

I have sold a lot of older horses to kids as step up horses. There comes a point where it's either, find them a home now or keep them the rest of their lives - And if I did that, I'd have ten horses on site and none of them would be usable to me.

Agreed with the others. Just be smart. Understand an older horses limits.

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post #37 of 56 Old 05-21-2016, 06:14 PM
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It depends on what you plan to do with the horse and the maintenance required to keep him doing what you want to do.

If you're looking at running barrels pro it doesn't make sense to buy a 20+ year old horse that requires a lot of maintenance just to keep him comfortable let alone able to run.

If you are looking to trail ride leisurely a 20+ year old horse that hadn't been used up or needs a little maintenance to keep comfortable and sound might be fine.

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post #38 of 56 Old 05-26-2016, 10:34 PM
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I am 42 years old. What on earth would I do with a colt? I'm with you, older, for me, is the way to go. All I want is to put a saddle on him almost every day, and go for a nice walk though the miles of country side around my property, maybe stop by and say howdy to the neighbors down the road. And if my body doesn't feel like I'm breaking in half when I get up in the morning, perhaps go for a run now and then. I'll be lucky if I see 80 years old. Don't see the point in buying a horse that will out live me. I wouldn't care if the horse was a bit slow or a bit beat up. So am I. Hehe

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post #39 of 56 Old 05-26-2016, 11:00 PM
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I've bought older horses for first my daughter when she was learning to ride and now a couple decades later for my grandkids. Those been there, done that babysitters who will tolerate the mistakes and antics of a kid are worth their weight in Gold! My daughter discover that the grandkid's old mare had some fantastic training and could cut a cow with the best of them at the ripe age of 25. Her mare had just foaled so she rode the old mare to check their cattle and found one that needing some doctoring----the old mare went to work and got 'er done! Now 28, she's teaching the older grandkids the art of cutting.
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post #40 of 56 Old 05-27-2016, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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So after being asked if I wanted to buy my boy, after 3/4 days I came up with my answer and have accepted the offer. Call me crazy, I know some people I know will think I'm mad for buying an older horse- but I love him and he means the world to me. Besides if I turned him down I know for a fact I would regret it! Thank you for all your advice and support. ?
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