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 Posted: Tue Jan 18th, 2011 09:21 pm
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Trish
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I've had several horses that have been rideable well into their twenties....a couple who have still been lightly ridden at 30.

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A friend of mine has a 29 yr. old TWH gelding. He is retired from field trials but still goes out on the trails a few times a year.

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I know it's dependent on (too) early training and showing, injury, conformation and luck. At some point, though, often around 19, many well-cared for horses' backs drop, and then there's no riding them. I've seen quite a disparity in the condition of ancient horses and how they look and yet cannot be ridden. We had a QH that lived to be 35 who looked like 15 yo. except that his back dropped a bit. He was sound enough to live to great age but not sound enough to ride. Same with a friend's 26 yo MFT: gorgeous coat, excellent health, but not suitable to be ridden because she sometimes wobbled and stumbled.

Assuming the horse is well-exercised, healthy and cared for, are gaited breeds any different? Riding career looking towards an end around 17 to 19 yo?

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