Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: west palm beach, fl
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.