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I just realized this morning that this spring Lacey is turning 25. :shock:
I have no clue when her birthday is so last year I kinda decided that it was in May because May is a pretty month. But yeah, she's old.

It makes me kinda sad to realize that because, mathematically, when you round 24 you get 20 and 20 isn't TOO old but when you round 25...there's really no way to get around that 25 turns into 30 and that 30 is old.

It just kinda feels like it's all downhill from this year, the beginning of the end, so to speak. And I hope to goodness that I'll have ten more years with her because I feel like I've barely started to know her. And I want to be able to baby her completely and ridiculously (more so than I already do) for AT LEAST the last two years of her life so she can't die before I'm richer and can board her (or have her at home) in a swanky barn with daily turn out when the weather is nice, and big box stalls for her to be in at night and it rains/is windy/snows, whatever. This barn also must have other older horses for her to be buddies with and it must also have people who will adore her personality as much as I do. None of this "she's so feisty and annoying!" junk, that's ok for me to say but that's because I "own" her.
I'll obviously need at least three years to find this perfect barn. :lol:

I don't want my baby doll to be old! *stomps foot* And then her dumb old owner telling me she was 21 until I was so emotionally invested in Lacey that I could care less that she was really 23, when I found out the truth. :evil:

Darn it anyway.
 

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That's the sucky thing about buying senior horses. They're so sweet and docile and wise, but you won't have them around as long as you would a young horse. It doesn't have to be the end, though. There's a 32 year old mare at my barn and she's doing great. Lacey looks really nice, and I wouldn't be surprised if she has another good 10 years in her.

There was a little paint pony at the barn a long time ago, and she was almost 42 when she died. She came from an abusive situation and had a crippled leg. But her new owners took great care of her and they rode her all the time. So if that pony that came from a bad home can live to be 42, I don't see why a well-maintained horse can't live to a really good age.
 

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PFFFT. Horses can live past 30. Have a little faith!
 

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She seems like she has plenty of time left, no worries, just cherish her now every day and let it be all the more reason to spend as much time as you can with her!
 

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She'll be just fine. And no matter what, you are giving her a good life! She adores you as much as you love her!
 

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If she is maintaing a healthy weight, good muscle tone, regular working/teeth/feet then she'll be fine. With the senior horse you do need to give them a little more careful attention than those under say 20, but just because she's 25 doesn't mean she's going to drop off the perch any time soon. As long as she well maintained and kept moving then she theoretically should be fine for another good 10 years ;)
So don't start worrying yet, there's plenty of time left with her :)
 

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I think people over react ALOT when they're horse hits 20+

Dream is 24 years old, my mom and I worried about her for so long....for no reason other than her being 24! LOL I mean if you just ask yourself why you're worried and say "well oh because they are __ years old" it sounds so silly.

Really, you need to look at your horse like you don't know it's age. Dream is FULL of life and attitude, she freaks out when other horses are getting tacked up in front of her, the LAST thing she'd ever want is to be retired (unless that of course meant her starting up her breeding career again...LOL! I think she might just have to be a mommy to an auction weanling or something :wink:). She's 24 but you'd never know it by her attitude, SHE certainly doesn't think she is old...so we don't worry about it anymore! Age REALLY is just a number.

Plus when we moved to our current barn and saw all the BOs 30+ year old horses bucking in the pasture, we felt alot better LOL :)
 

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You guys always seem to find a way to cheer me up. =)
I know I probably will have a while left with her but I guess it's just kinda one of those times when I wish that I could look at her and know that, barring unforeseen terrible events, I'll have her around for at least twenty more years. And I guess I am kinda being a spoiled brat being all "omg! ONLY ten more years, maybe! ahh!" Haha
And I guess I could have twenty more years with her....If she lives to be really really old... which is possible, I guess.
I guess the other thing that's kinda getting me down is that the two 30+ horses (one is 38, the other is 34) I've ever hung out with seem so defeated. They don't have that pop in their step or that sparkle in their eye. But I guess Lacey could be different, two doesn't make a rule. I really can't see Lacey ever being totally docile (thank goodness) so maybe there is hope for that.

Thanks for all your kind words. =)

ETA- kmdstar- That's so true! Looking at Lacey, especially in the summer, I think you'd be hard pressed to guess her age at anything over 15. In the winter she looks closer to 20, imo, but still. So true. Excellent post! =D
 

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I'm with you Wallaby! Nelson went from 16 to 20 in 1 day - lol, but we've been together for 3 years and he was 16/17 when I got him and I just mentally kept him there.....until reality hit when the American Jockey Club read his tattoo and said "Yep, he is 20"

He's turning 21 in April - and I am already hearing from people around me that I need to find him a new home or retire him or put the responsibility of an older horse onto someone else and to get a younger horse and progress forward with my Eventing "career"

I just can't do it. I love him to death, he's my best friend. I bitch all the time about his age though, wishing that he was 15 again or 10 even at that.

I'm dreading the "death" talk - I just hope I have 10 more years with him. 10 years with Nelson is a God Send in my opinion, heck 5 more years even.

People can say "so what if your horse is that age" but in all reality, when our horses reach 20, it is a day by day thing, and we have to put more money into their care and wellbeing because they are special.

We'll have to start a Senior Horse Owner group so that we can support one another.
 

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Zeus is 10, and I plan to have him around for another 20 or so years, so he better be up for that! :D
Lacy has had an amazing 2 years with you and I'm sure she'll have another 10 more!
Don't worry, just enjoy every moment with your wonderful horse.
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You know, older horses are really the best. As everyone else posted, you should have her for a lot longer yet. Keep her healthy and active, feed her well and keep up to date on her health, and she'll do great for you.

She's a really pretty girl by the way. Always love seeing pictures of her. You guys look like you really have a good bond.
 

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People can say "so what if your horse is that age" but in all reality, when our horses reach 20, it is a day by day thing, and we have to put more money into their care and wellbeing because they are special.

We'll have to start a Senior Horse Owner group so that we can support one another.
Pretty much! I'm sure it's this way for anyone with a horse but sometimes I worry that I might go out in the morning and find her laying there, dead. That just scares me. I've had other pets die and I feel terrible and broken with each one, whether it's a fish or a dog and I just can't imagine being able to move on past Lacey's death. It's kinda like my life was in black and white before Lacey and now that she's here, my life is in color and I really can't comprehend going back to life in black and white. I was talking to my "special guy friend" (hahahaha) the other day and he asked me how long I have had Lacey and when I told him that I've only been with her for a year and a half, he was totally shocked. He said "You talk about her like you've known her for your entire life!" I really feel like I've known her for the entire time that my life has been worth something, yknow? I know it was worth something before Lacey came along but I feel like she's made me so much more of a person....

We totally do need a group. Good idea. Heehee

Does she lose weight in the winter? Arabs also have a longer lifespan than say a TB or a QH! :)
She does lose weight in the winter. =( I think that has more to do with how she's in a feild with 6 other, much younger (the oldest one is 13) horses and she's second from the bottom in the pecking order and less to do with age, however. She's always getting shoved off her food and I try to feed her extra when I come out but she doesn't have as nice of a layer of fat over her ribs as I would like to see. Thankfully she's maintaining perfectly, even while looking a smidge ribby so maybe she's fine. And her butt looks all nice, not gaunt at all, so maybe it's just her conformation to carry her weight less over her ribs...
That's true about Arabs and their life spans! I'll try to remind myself of that. Haha


I totally took too long responding and people ninja'd me! Thanks Gillian! You better have Zeus for 20 more years! I wanna see grizzled old Zeus-man pictures! =P

Thanks M2G! I want her to live forever. :lol:
 

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Tee hee... I remember telling a lady that my horse was green and that he was only five. She made a face and said, "you've been showing him here for years. I'd have thought for sure he was at least ten...". She made me think. I counted back the years and Oh my! She was right! He was like 11 at the time... He'll be 26 in March. They do grow quickly don't they? Just like children. The years seem to fly by! Have no fear, 25 is the new 15!
 

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Too right! Just like 40 is the new 30 for humans ;)

I'd say it's pretty unlikely you'd walk out and find her dead in the paddock one day unless she's had a pretty dramatic accident/illness. Horses dont tend to just pass away due to old age, they go downhill slowly, slow down, loose heaps of weight and can't put it back on, get sick etc. Unfortunately it's usually up to the owner to make that final decision of when to have them PTS.
 

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Too right! Just like 40 is the new 30 for humans ;)

I'd say it's pretty unlikely you'd walk out and find her dead in the paddock one day unless she's had a pretty dramatic accident/illness. Horses dont tend to just pass away due to old age, they go downhill slowly, slow down, loose heaps of weight and can't put it back on, get sick etc. Unfortunately it's usually up to the owner to make that final decision of when to have them PTS.
My old black horse did. He was standing there in the paddock one moment and the next. He was gone. Of course I always thought he was 30 years old but his previous owner swore he was closer to 40.

My biggest fear was making that decision. My husband and I had a deal that he would make the call so I wouldn't have to. I think the old black horse knew I couldn't do it. He did it for me.
 
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