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post #11 of 21 Old 01-04-2016, 12:36 AM
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I'm another one that wouldn't consider a '99 horse old.
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post #12 of 21 Old 01-04-2016, 05:43 AM
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16-17 isn't old, my dad has a 16 old horse and has more energy than my 6 year old! If she is a bit slow and acts like an oldie then it really depends on what you want to use her for!
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post #13 of 21 Old 01-04-2016, 06:23 AM
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It would depend very much. I wouldn't be against it outright, but I would be very careful.

First of all, why is the horse being sold for so much less money at this point in time? Is she already starting to show problems and the seller is trying to move her on before it becomes really expensive?

In that context, a really thorough PPE is a must. You will pretty much never get back 100% clean x-rays from a 16 year old, so a vet with experience is important.

Let's not fool ourselves, for any horse the time will come when they are unrideable and expensive to maintain (unless you put them down at that point).
Sure it can happen to a three year old, but the chances are much higher it will happen at 20+. Sure there are horses that can still be ridden into their 30s, but the majority can't.
When you buy a 16 year old, chances are quite high that you won't be selling the horse anymore.
So I feel strongly that anyone who buys a horse, especially an older horse, should have an idea what they are planning to do when the horse becomes permanently lame or otherwise unrideable.

For the same reason, I am always a bit wary about recommending old(er) horses for beginners and first time horse owners. Sure, they are often calmer, and beginners don't need the high performance, but at the same time, it's not all about riding.
Beginners tend to get really attached to their horse, and with an old horse you are always running the risk of setting someone up with complex health issues that they might not know how to deal with.

So in conclusion: no, I don't think a horse is old at 16. BUT I would take precautions (PPE) and have a solid plan in place what's going to happen when the horse can no longer be used.
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post #14 of 21 Old 01-04-2016, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
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.
I wish someone would tell Fergie that, she hasn't totally got over it
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post #15 of 21 Old 01-04-2016, 08:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse View Post
I wish someone would tell Fergie that, she hasn't totally got over it
LOL! Well, do they ever really? But for the most part, they've settled waaaaaaaaay down compared to when they were say, 3.
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post #16 of 21 Old 01-04-2016, 08:54 AM
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I too ride a 98 model ;)

But, I brought him when he was 10. I definitely agree with the above poster who said PPE and go into it knowing that you probably won't ever sell the horse.

I wouldn't trade my guy for any horse out there. He is healthy, energetic, and a ball of fun. Just no more youngster silliness. Lol

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post #17 of 21 Old 01-04-2016, 10:09 AM
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I bought my mare when she was 18 and she'll be 22 this February. Perfect for my kind of non competitive riding, still very healthy with some mild hock arthritis, but that's about it.

And agree that a PPE would be smart, maybe with X-rays depending on what your plans are.
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post #18 of 21 Old 01-04-2016, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Tihannah View Post
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.
Awesome, awesome, awesome! She is beautiful!
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post #19 of 21 Old 01-04-2016, 09:25 PM
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I've got a '92 model that I bought when he was 18months and still going strong. Matter of fact most people peg him at 10-12 and he certainly still acts like it. Another gelding I bought at 20, at 25 my mom came to me asking me to sell him to a friend who wanted a good, older horse for her 4 novice riders so I did. He was still going strong at 27 when he had an accident requiring him to be put down.
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post #20 of 21 Old 01-05-2016, 04:40 AM
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I would if buying a very well trained horse for a very reasonable price.

Otherwise I wouldn't get ones at old.
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