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post #41 of 56 Old 05-31-2016, 12:28 PM
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At 42 if you live to be 80 (38 years) statistically you would outlive all but a very very small percentage of horses instead of the other way around. No reason not to start with a weanling if you (or a good trainer) have the ways and means to put in the training and time . If you just want a BTDT horse there is no shame in that. Personality can be the bigger factor. With the right personality and a good sound base training wise a younger horse might be just what fits.
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I didn't read everything on this thread but just my thought if you are going away to uni are you going to have to sell the horse then? He will be older then and you could have trouble finding him a home if you need to.

Also I bought one of my geldings at 16yrs and he is perfect for what we use him for so I don't think there is a problem with older horse purchases!

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I didn't read everything on this thread but just my thought if you are going away to uni are you going to have to sell the horse then? He will be older then and you could have trouble finding him a home if you need to.

Also I bought one of my geldings at 16yrs and he is perfect for what we use him for so I don't think there is a problem with older horse purchases!
That was one reason why it took some time for me to decide, but I have two options as I wouldn't sell him now, one- take him to where ever I decide to go for uni or meaning I'm currently keeping him in the riding school and continue to loan him out to the person ive been sharing with- keep him where he is and know he'd be well looked after for me and be worked. A friend (at the yard) and I worked out with holidays etc I would only be gone for 7 months at the most and that's not including weekends.
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post #44 of 56 Old 06-01-2016, 01:06 AM
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I have a soft spot for old horses, the first mare that was really mine (full lease) was 21 when I started riding her, and she went for a good 7 more years (about 4-5 of pony club/shows, and regular schooling/trail riding, then 3 of minimal easy riding) before being retired and then passing at 29. I got 8 years with my "soulmate horse", and had I been opposed to older horses it never would have happened.

Your decision makes me happy, and I wish you many good years with your boy. Do you have pictures of him to share? :)
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post #45 of 56 Old 06-01-2016, 04:38 AM
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let me tell you the story of Rocket. He was bought by my fiance after being abandoned at the stables where my fiance was boarding. he took this horse on 7+ hour round ups, ran him on barrels and key hole and any speed event he could think of. this horse always placed and won him buckles. this was and is still one of the best horses he has ever had. He did not know at the time but rocket was 25 years old when he bought him. he is now 31. he has some mild arthritis in his front fetlock and his left stifle that was just diagnosed today along with uvitus in his right eye. he also still has all his teeth and they were floated today. Point is that he may not be running anything any more but up untill he was 30 he was still very competitive and was WINNING.

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Just because someone lives to age 83, won't mean they can still ride at that age. There are no guarantees no matter what you do. So all I can do is think ahead a little bit, and try and pick a fit that's best suited for me. Some might want to find a colt, see it grow up, put up with its tantrums though the hormonal years. I'm fine finding someone more like myself. A little beat up, a tiny bit run down, but still has some play time left in 'em.

Not sure about the rest of you but at age 42, my bones already creek a little bit.

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Beautiful. And yes, I'm 42, but that does not mean I will ever see age 83. If I'm lucky, I might. For me it's wise to gamble that I'll see age 60, more than 80. Odds are more in my favor that way. No one knows what tomorrow will bring, but a safer bet to me might be a bit of a more wise one.

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This mare just turned 22, and I bought her last year when she was 21.

I took her camping the weekend before last, and she wanted to be FIRST on the trails, even in front of the younger horses.

If you're careful, pick the right horse for the job, and have them vetted, older horses still have a lot to give. Best $500 I ever spent.

And yes, she decided my front porch was the place to be this weekend, for some reason.
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Oh that 2nd photo with the tongue just kills me! LOL! TOO funny!
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I have a soft spot for old horses, the first mare that was really mine (full lease) was 21 when I started riding her, and she went for a good 7 more years (about 4-5 of pony club/shows, and regular schooling/trail riding, then 3 of minimal easy riding) before being retired and then passing at 29. I got 8 years with my "soulmate horse", and had I been opposed to older horses it never would have happened.

Your decision makes me happy, and I wish you many good years with your boy. Do you have pictures of him to share? :)
Thank you 😊 I'm happy I decided to buy him, it's weird as although I've had him for almost two years now that I've bought him he feels more chilled, he's done things he didn't do before. It's almost as tho he knows he's mine and not the riding schools. He just seems a whole lot happier. Weird I know as nothing else has really changed- he still has the same stable, the same routine. and I'm loving it, I don't regret it one bit! 😊

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