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Thinking of riding my 24 yr old Hanoverian. Who else is riding an older horse?

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  • #21
    I am still riding my 27 year old 2-3 days a week. I showed him through 3rd level last year. I don't canter him any more because he does have a trip and I don't want to meet the ground again, but he is still going pretty strong.
    RIP Mydan Mydandy+
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    • #22
      We started riding one of our broodmares when she retired at age 21. She is now 23 and is a blast to ride. She had never been ridden until she retired after 14 foals. There are some photos of her on the top of our facebook page with a friend's daughter who gets some lessons on her.



      • #23
        hooray for old horses

        My trainer's 23 year old I1 horse still gives regular lessons and does a fabulous job at it! She definitely needs a little extra maintenance and she'd probably keel over if you asked her to DO the I1 these days, but she is a fantastic school horse and a blast to ride, especially when she's in good shape.


        • #24
          I still ride Waldaire when my schedule permits and he's 21. He is so happy to be a riding horse and if I could I would ride him lightly first thing every day as my 'warm up' horse. We don't do the GP work often but he's more than happy to do some piaffe and passage or some ones...that stuff is 'fun' in his world.

          If the horse is relatively sound and happy to work - why not?
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          • #25
            We do a "well baby check" on all of our horses twice a year before we do spring and fall shots. If you have your senior citizen checked for correct function of heart, eyes, reflexes, general demeanor, soundness as well as Cushings and other old age issues, and everything is okay, then go for it! Our old horses love the attention and work as long as it is fair.
            "Where knowledge ends violence begins." B. Ljundquist


            • #26
              I took my 25 year old mare on a 10 mile hunter pace a few weeks ago (placed 5th- had too many time faults for going too FAST!! Lol) and we have a 35 year old gelding that still comes out happily to do his little girl's w/t lesson. Then goes back to his paddock and 'his' girls and squeals and carries on like the big bad stallion he thinks he is. Lol. Personally, I think retiring a horse (in the absence of injury) is one of the worst things you can do. They last so much longer when they have a job, even if it's 'just' as a trail, pleasure, or w/t horse.
              Different Times Equestrian Ventures at Hidden Spring Ranch


              • #27
                My friend rode her Morgan gelding, Stonewall Jackson aka Hytone Boy, until he was 45 --- and the last time she rode him he still had the gumption to buck when they had a difference of opinion as to which direction to go! She evented him at a low level until he was 35. Heck, she didn't even get him until he was 28! He could be a real pistol to ride sometimes. Of course, Jackie lived until he was 52, and no one ever told him that he was *old.* Old is only a word!


                • #28
                  I competed my old guy at first level until he was 23. Tight turns and riding in the ring were finally ruled out from arthritis, but he loved a good trail ride until a year or two ago. He's now 26 and fully retired, but happy and generally healthy.

                  Just let them tell you what they want to do!
                  Here Be Dragons: My blog about venturing beyond the lower levels as a dressage amateur.


                  • #29
                    I echo Hollyshobby's advice. We've had several oldies that we have worked hard to keep/get sound as they have so much to teach my daughters. After a year, I think we have the right maintainence plan and it is almost exactly the same as Hollyshobby's even down to the Platinum Performance and they do appreciate the praise. Our guy trys even harder everytime he gets praised for doing something good. He's so cute:-)


                    • #30
                      DD and I both shared rides on a GP schoolmaster that was 33 years young. She recently passed or we would still be riding her. She couldn't compete beyond level 1 but she did many up down lessons and I hacked her out and got my balance back on her. Now DD goes between a spunky 32 year old Arab that will fly his flag and gets a bit fast for the babies and the 20+ spunky pony who's currently recovering from having his face reconstructed after a pasture mishap.(So glad DD and I were not there that day. Not sure she would have handled that well.) DD competes on pony and he still bucks into the canter and can and will jump up to 3ft. (both under saddle and free.) Oldsters are the best teachers and I highly recommend them.
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                      Originally Posted by alicen:
                      What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.


                      • #31
                        Currrently I ride a 4 yoWBX for one lady and a 20 yo Han. for another lady. I love riding the older boy...he is so sweet and and loving. He needs some reconditioning before we do to much more than hack because he has been out of work for 6 months. I really enjoy his company, his sense of humor and his affection. He also shows you that he really appreciates the treats,grooming and massages he gets from me and is always licking me like a puppy! Bet he was really something back in his day!
                        "Success comes in cans, not in cannots!"


                        • #32
                          Have a great ride! My 25 yo DWB loves to be ridden. It keeps them young!


                          • #33
                            My older large SWB mare just did a show last weekend at 2nd level. She gets ridden about twice a week and looks about 12.
                            Now in Kentucky


                            • #34
                              Enjoy riding your older horse. My 21 year old is pretty much retired due to medical reasons. On his good days he still enjoys a hack around the farm or riding my nieces around the round pen. He likes to have a job and loves the attention.


                              • #35
                                I just earned my Silver medal on my 20 yr. old schoolmaster. He is fit, sassy and amazing - so I'm thinking of trying the I1 in January. Unfortunately here in S. CA we don't have many turnout options but he is ridden 6 days weekly and walks in the Equiciser daily for at least 30 minutes. I am meticulous about warmup/cooldown, Game Ready & ice after every workout, diet, farrier and varying the workload. He is given the 7 shot series of Adequan quarterly and Legend 2x monthly - I will give it weekly for the month prior to a show. I'm proactive about using Surpass & poultice when we've had a harder workout or are at a show on new footing. He is also wrapped all around each night. Yes, treated like the King he proclaims himself to be. I just try my best to listen to him and so far, he shows no signs of slowing down.


                                • #36
                                  One of my best friends still rides her now 22 yo GP (she earned her gold medal on her only 2 years ago) mare, even participates in clinics with her. It is great as an auditor to see their great partnership--I still learn things when I watch her lessons. And I think she would share that riding her mare keeps her good dressage posture. Important when you are riding those youngsters!!


                                  • #37
                                    Our 25 year old Han/TB gelding is still going strong! He gets extra walk time to warm up and during lessons we take breaks in between the more energetic work.

                                    I'll chime in with everyone else that maintenance is key - smartpak supplements, the occasional legend shot (especially during the winter), regular chiro and massage therapy, and good farrier work have kept our horse going strong.

                                    Did some dressage shows this summer and had a blast. He's the horse that everyone loves riding in our barn!


                                    • #38
                                      I tried to retire one of our old guys. After 2 years he was so bored that he got depressed. Have started riding him again and he's very happy. He has so much heart and willingness that I have to be very careful not to allow him to work as hard as he'd like. He's trained through 3rd level and is teaching my teen her lateral aids.
                                      Susan B.


                                      • #39
                                        I too ride a 21 year young TB. We are taking some dressage lessons and it has really improved our way of going. Even turned out I notice a difference in the way Louie moves. He too loves to please and it's so fun to ride him.

                                        There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". - Dave Barry


                                        • #40
                                          To all my heart is swelled

                                          And a special call out to coloredhorse and Herself! I have a 21 y/o georgeous hanoverian mare watchme/dawina. I just didn't see the supplement to make her 5 again!! Every day with her is a gift and she is now trail riding in our local 4000 acre preserve. I appreciate the suggestions for supplements in this thread and will consider and add something. I have a new young one but there will never be another horse like Sassi. She is my once in a lifetime. Everyone and me included I have tears in my eyes feeling the love of our old friends.