Opinion of my horses showing years
When people have time, I would love to hear your opinion on how many years from now I can reasonably expect to show my horse in 2'6" - 3'+ classes. I understand that he will likely be able to hop over 2' courses for longer, but I'm interested in how long he will be able to show on rated circuits:
Gelding/17.3, Percheron/TB, 15 years old
I have his health history since he was 3 years old. He has had no significant issues. He choking on a horse treat two years ago. He has not had colic, has not had any lameness and has very solid hooves and feet. He spent the last three years with barefeet, but currently has shoes on his front feet to prevent any issues while jumping.
He was purchased when he was 3 by a woman who rode dressage and some fox hunting. He was later trained by a professional trainer to level 2 dressage, however, in my experience, he hates flat work. Unfortunately, his owner was diagnosed with cancer and just rode him lightly for the last year of her life. She willed him to her best friend who cared for him very well, but let him be a horse in a field 24/7. All in all, before coming to me July 2012, he spent the last 3-4 years doing little to no work.
We are training him for the hunter ring. He seems to really enjoy jumping and has not had any issues other than those I would expect from a green horse. He has had to figure out how to use his body, learn to go over the jumps, not around them, and jump from awkward distances. We have not run into anything that is not able to be solved fairly easily. I've also not had any issues with swelling or lameness, but I do have him on supplements for joint health and insist he always jump in splint boots.
Anyway ... if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I would love to hear people's opinions. I have my opinion but I'm not very experienced at predicting this kind of thing :)