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42-year-old pony doing Intro A at our last schooling show!!!!

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  • 42-year-old pony doing Intro A at our last schooling show!!!!

    AND he beat my friend who was also riding Intro A!

    But he was SOOOOO cute!!!

    I tried to get video, but didn't realize he was in the arena until halfway through his test (Intro A) but here's the link to what I DO have:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FP5N...e=channel_page


    It was so nice to see the senior packer out there teaching his next batch of little kids..... And KUDOS to Lavender Hills Riding Academy for keeping him in such great shape for 42!
    Last edited by oharabear; Sep. 22, 2009, 11:59 PM.

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    Aaawwwww~! Just too cute! That is the kind of guy we should all have for our first pony and to learn riding on!
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    • #3
      That is by far the most adorable thing I have ever seen!

      My sisters who are 9 years younger than me learned to ride on the same pony I did and last I knew she was still going strong, probably about 35 now.

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      • #4
        That pony was way too cute!!
        Gilchrist said. "With Lost In The Fog, it's different. We want to take real good care of this horse. He's the only bullet in our holster."

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        • #5
          Sorry but I don't see cute. I am all for giving good care to my golden oldies but I would not think making a pony or horse at that age have to limp around a dressage ring in the best interest of the animal.

          Did that pony wake up that morning and think boy I hope I go to a show today?? Nope he is enjoying his turnout, friends, sun on his back or resting in the shade.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by goldponies View Post
            Sorry but I don't see cute. I am all for giving good care to my golden oldies but I would not think making a pony or horse at that age have to limp around a dressage ring in the best interest of the animal.

            Did that pony wake up that morning and think boy I hope I go to a show today?? Nope he is enjoying his turnout, friends, sun on his back or resting in the shade.
            I'm sorry I hate to be a downer as well. But that would be my idea of hell, if I have to come back as a pony who lives to be 42 years old and still is asked to cart around kids, have his mane braided, and do a dressage test. Heck that's like taking my grandma for a run. I just wouldn't do it. Yeah it's cute and great when older ponies are still out there and viable, but at 42 he deserves to be retired.

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            • #7
              I was glad to see this gem of a pony in the dressage ring. He seemed like a kind, sensible sort that we all should have been so fortunate to learn on. I think it is very important to keep horses in work, or have a "job" for as long as possible, so that they don't decline. It keeps them interested in life and in shape. As long as the work load is appropriate, which this pony seems to have, I say go for it!

              Great job to the horse and rider!

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              • #8
                Putting on my flamesuit here, but at 42 I'd have retired that sweet boy. He's a lovely soul and clearly an absolute gem...but I feel like he's earned his retirement.
                In memory of Rebuff (1974-2009)

                Rest in peace, my sweet man

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                • #9
                  I think it's great that this pony is still going strong. Looks wonderful for his age.

                  The most likely reason this pony is still going at 42 is because he is still being ridden.
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Piaffing View Post
                    The most likely reason this pony is still going at 42 is because he is still being ridden.
                    I agree. I made a HUGE mistake when I retired my old guy. He was 29, sound, and packing around an 8-year-old kid when I retired him. He's 30 now, and for the last year I've watched him decline in health and happiness so rapidly I'm afraid I'll have to put him down soon. He's been lame and has coliced more in the last year than he has in his entire life.

                    He only perks up when I pull him out of the pasture, put him in his stall, and have the lesson kids walk him around bareback. If I could take this last year back, I would.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Piaffing View Post
                      I think it's great that this pony is still going strong. Looks wonderful for his age.

                      The most likely reason this pony is still going at 42 is because he is still being ridden.
                      Exactly, if this pony was left out in a field to "enjoy" his retirement, he would be so athritic he would not be able to move within a month.

                      I think its wonderful to see a very appropriate workload being given to this pony, and he looks very happy to be out there competing. Just look at the nice square halt and the perked up ears!

                      Very cute and not cruel at all. Some people have to get a grip.

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                      • #12
                        If that pony did not want to be there toting that little kid around, and did not want to be bathed and braided and doing what it does best, it would not be doing it! He COULD lie down pr stop and refuse to go...but he is useful and able to do something wonderful.
                        Hooray for the owner who lets him do what he does best, and allows children to have fun learning on a safe, sane pony.
                        Too many ponies who could do simple tests and be loved by children are relegated to standing around fighting off big horses for their feed, swatting flies, in the name of "retirement"

                        If he were crippled, that would be another thing, but ponies like this one are often sound enough for kids programs well into their 40's. Makes me feel good, and makes me want to hug the owner/trainer for providing such good care.
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                        • #13
                          Limp around the arena? Did you watch the same video? He's sound, looks happy, and is doing a fabulous job! (and boy, did they get him WHITE!) That pony doesn't know (or care) that he's 42, and obviously he is more than capable of doing a walk/trot test. Looks like one happy pony to me.
                          The ninja monkeys are plotting my demise as we speak....

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                          • #14
                            I retired my 31yr old who was sound and doing HARD work, ie, jumping, barrel racing, reining, etc... I did EVERYTHING with him, if there was a class, we did it... He didnt look a day over 10. 6 months later i had to put him down he declined THAT fast without being ridden. I'll NEVER retire a sound horse again, even if i just move them down to lighter riding, that is fine, but put out to pasture, NO WAY!

                            So yes, i agree with the others here. Its BECAUSE this guy is ridden that he is still going. If your horses are sound, or even just needing light maintenance, you keep them going! Horses arent people, they dont wake up and think man, i'm 42, i need to retire to the bahamas... They thrive on routine and when the routine changes, ESPECIALLY at an old age, they dont know what to do with themselves.

                            I routinely showed against 30+yr ponies who regularly kicked my butt when i was a kid. So valuable to the kids they packed around. I wish i could find my son one! That i could afford anyway!
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                            • #15
                              I rode a 47 (yeah, you read that right, she had papers) y/o horse in a few dressage lessons I took. . . .and there was nothing wrong with that horse. I thought she was lying about the age. . but she wasn't. And as long as you didn't look into his mouth, you'd never have guessed his age. He was fabulous, and perfect to learn on, you had to ask right or he wasn't going to give it. But when you did ask right, he was amazing. I say let them work as long as they WANT to work, a horse who is unhappy with his job will let you know. Some just waste away and are unhappy when they are retired with nothing to do, no matter how nice their retirement is. A friend's horse gets excited whenever she hitches up the trailer and gets his knickers in a knot if he doesn't get to get in it to go. . . .He likes trail riding, he likes getting out. . . another friend was riding her 36 y/o perch right up til he died one day out in the pasture, he loved it and even up to that age was quite a handful! He could and would give you the ride of your life. Sweet as sugar though. Just like they've -proven- that retirement isn't really all that good for humans, it's not that good for some animals who like their jobs either. my FIL retired three years ago and he started looking for a job after a year. . he was bored to tears. the pony certainly looked happy in the video. He didn't look cranky or uncomfortable at all.

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                              • #16
                                What a sweet pony. I don't see a lame pony or any rough riding there!

                                Like others I suspect the riding has kept him going. I suspect if he were 20, people would not be alarmed by the video.

                                I would feel badly though to think of a pony like that in a grueling lesson program but for light riding and trailriding, keeping it fun and watching for any signs it might be too much, I think that is fine.

                                A sweet pony. he has certainly earned a cushy retirement whenever he is ready.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by oharabear View Post
                                  I agree. I made a HUGE mistake when I retired my old guy. He was 29, sound, and packing around an 8-year-old kid when I retired him. He's 30 now, and for the last year I've watched him decline in health and happiness so rapidly I'm afraid I'll have to put him down soon. He's been lame and has coliced more in the last year than he has in his entire life.

                                  He only perks up when I pull him out of the pasture, put him in his stall, and have the lesson kids walk him around bareback. If I could take this last year back, I would.
                                  You have no way of knowing that is why his health declined. My first pony lived to 37 and she was very fit and healthy until her last year where her health declined rapidly. Nothing in her life changed, that is common when horses are coming close to their time.

                                  He's a cute pony, but I too think retirement is more appropriate. A horse won't get stiff if they have a nice turnout and lots of room to roam around.
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                                  • #18
                                    Took my 25 year old OTTB out of dressage work in June and have just been hacking her around or doing light flatwork about 3 times a week (also went cubbing with her and another rider did a few small events). My plan was to focus on dressage with the young guy and just have fun with her.

                                    Then, my young guy got a bad sunburn and has been out of commission for a couple of weeks, so I started doing some dressage again with the old girl, slowly at first, about 5 to 6 times a week. Lo and behold, two weeks later, she has muscled up, is rounding up, giving me her back and doing better than when we stopped in June! She's flourishing under the vamped-up schedule and the working for a purpose and is always eager to get out of her stall, get tacked up and go to work.

                                    Mind you, I keep the sessions short, warm up very well and am very mindful of how she is going.

                                    Sigh, I guess I'll have to be riding both horses equally this winter again....

                                    Some don't want to stop working with a purpose.

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                                    • #19
                                      I don't know, I had an animal communicator (I know, I know; it was a fun day entertainment thing at our local riding club) talk to my old (35+ yo) pony.

                                      His major complaint was that he liked having the kids ride, why were the kids not riding him any more and what was I going to do about getting the kids out to ride him more?

                                      Jr was retired early this spring when we determined he has a serious heart condition. Prior to that he had several child riders and did Pony Club lessons and Rallies quite regularly.

                                      Take it with a grain of salt, but ...

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                                      • #20
                                        truckload of salt maybe

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