A friend just lost her 42 year old AQHA gelding this spring.
She had him since he was 2, started him under saddle and competed successfully with him and later so did her daughter, until they retired him.
He was finally looking older the past year, but still happy and healthy, until this spring.
In that picture, she doesn't look like an old horse at all.
Guess we may say, she is aging well.
My arabian is 19 and is going to her first HT this weekend after learning to jump a little over a year ago. I have her on Pentosan and MSM because she's a hard working pony but she's sound as a dollar otherwise.
My oldest guy was a TB that passed at 36 a few years ago.
In his early twenties he had colic surgery to save his life. Vets told me most owners would not have paid for a surgery at his age....I looked into his eyes and I told the vets...he wants to live!
As an aside, that mare doesn't look Arab at all - I'm no Arab expert but it looks like an old style QH to me.
My Arab looks like that (except for his dropped back,he's 25).
He's from racing bloodlines. His head is larger than my TB, he's long through the back and has an "apple" butt. He does have really big feet and cute Arab ears though. The first breed show I took him to, someone asked what he was a cross of
My Arabian mare also looks more like this horse, or a bit like a smaller, more substantial TB (Arabs are the basis for the TB breed)with a nice but not overly small or refined head-----does not look anything like the wild-eyed seahorses on toothpick legs that the Halter People(as I call them) turned the Arabian breed into in the 80's.
She comes from Russian/Polish/Crabbett(English) stock. These were racehorses, not bred to be "pretty". It's fun to be able to trace her ancestry and see photos of her ancestors from the early 20th century, desert imported, etc...they look like this accomplished elderly mare, and my horse, not the recent stereotype.
I love hearing stories like this! The oldest horse I ever knew was a mare who lived until a 42. I also know a horse of an unknown age (we believe around 36 or so) who is still jumping around like nobody's business (over small jumps), and can still pretty fresh, too! He's a great guy.