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post #1 of 21 Old 01-03-2016, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Would you buy An Older Horse?

Would you buy an older riding horse? Born 1999. I spotted this horse for sale that I had looked at years ago but then, she was priced very high. Now, she is for sale again and I'm thinking of looking at her. What do some of you think? Know she'd have to be vetted and stuff, but at first glance, she looks beautiful. It's just her age seems kind of high.


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post #2 of 21 Old 01-03-2016, 10:21 PM
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16-17 is not old.. old is like 25-30, that is middle aged, and has a lot of life left, unless its lame, or crippled
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post #3 of 21 Old 01-03-2016, 10:44 PM
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*blinks* A '99 model is 'old'?

My gelding was foaled in 1999. I've had him 8 years and I don't think he's changed a whit. He's not even really "middle-aged" for his breed. Still got a few years to go there.
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post #4 of 21 Old 01-03-2016, 10:52 PM
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I have a 2000 gelding that I still play polo on and still do long days ranching.

Oldest horse I traded for was 27. She was my kids' first horse and they roped at brandings with her until she was 31. In fact a lot of their friends roped their first calves off that good mare.

All that to say "Yes. I would buy a 16 year old horse."
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post #5 of 21 Old 01-03-2016, 10:54 PM
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my gelding turns 16 in April and he acts as energetic as the 2 year old most of the time out in the pasture
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post #6 of 21 Old 01-03-2016, 11:25 PM
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My gelding will turn 21 in March and I run out of energy before he does.
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post #7 of 21 Old 01-03-2016, 11:29 PM
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I bought a 22 year old broodmare mare once so I guess my answer would be yes.
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post #8 of 21 Old 01-03-2016, 11:33 PM
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I just bought my mare a month ago. She's a 98 model and my vet said she was healthier than half the much younger horses at my barn. Like yours, I probably couldn't have afforded her 5 years ago. She is as close to my dream horse as I could have hoped for on my measly budget.

This is us riding just yesterday.
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post #9 of 21 Old 01-03-2016, 11:35 PM
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Absolutely, I don't consider 1999 to be an old horse. Just old enough to have gotten past all the silliness of a young horse.
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post #10 of 21 Old 01-04-2016, 12:23 AM
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Mine's also a '99 model and he has more get up and go than the 8-11 year old horses we ride with haha.
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