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mellissar2005

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Is he too old for her?

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DutchDestiny

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DutchDestiny says:

RE: Is he too old for her?

Personally, I would say no, as there is a nearly 40 year old pony kept at the same place where I keep my mare, and I know that many young first time riders ride him and get along perfectly :) Just make sure that you have seen another person ride him before letting your daughter ride him

If your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question, or asked the question wrong.

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equi

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equi says:

RE: Is he too old for her?

 At that age a pony should be retiring, if it has back problems it will more than likley make them known by bucking, napping and rearing or bolting. This will not help your daughter in her riding or confidence, so before you think about letting her ride him i would get his back checked and set a date in which to stop riding him maybe 6 months down the line when your daughter has a little confidence, then think about taking her to classes or getting another younger pony. Don't do anything stranious on him either, hes very old.

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hayleighm175

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hayleighm175 says:

RE: Is he too old for her?

 Not at all!!!  The pony would let you know if he was tired or too old.. why should he spend his days stood bored when he's fit enough to work? I'm sure he'll enjoy your daughter riding and pampering him more that retirement! I agree that they do need to slow down, as he won't understand he's more vulnerable, but I certaninly wouldn't retire him if the vet has said he's fine, and he is physically and mentally happy and healthy! :)

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spottyhorse25

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RE: Is he too old for her?

when i was 11/12 a friend and i took on loan a 28yr old pony being retired from a riding school- it was the best experience for us- he was so kind gentle and loving pony and loved all the fuss two young girls gave him!

it also taught us to be respectfull and carefull with him- while our other friends were galloping around we appreicated that his legs wouldnt take that work!

we learnt to jump with him and had five amazing years before he was retired to pasture for six months then to the pasture in the sky, from this we both learnt about how sad as it was, animals cant live forever.

so no hes not too old! he will need some extra care, teeth checked more regular than a younger pony and possibly more rugging up in the winter but for me it was worth it!

im now 33 and still have two horses! - RIP danny boy xxx

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ellasmellaa

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ellasmellaa says:

RE: Is he too old for her?

 It all depends on the horse, if you have had him vet checked then it sounds ideal. I used to loan a older mare and she was great. The older the horse the more experianced and safer for your daughter generally. Just keep a close eye on his health. Good Luck 

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marmiteroo2010

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RE: Is he too old for her?

No not at all.....if he is happy to let her ride him then I wouldnt worry about his age.  I can imagine that he would be very proud to be ridden and as long as you just keep his age in mind and warm him up appropriately before you start working him.  Im a strong believer that as long as co-morbidities don't prevent them from being ridden and if they are generally fit and well we should encourage them to be lightly worked under saddle.  Like humans horses need to be exercised to remain fit and healthy and at his age leaving him standing in a field or stable will just cause a flare up of arthritus and he ll become stiff over time. My mare is 22 and she is still going strong she loves to be ridden and along as she is happy I will continue to ride her, I just make sure that I warm her up before we start I.e 10 mins loose rein on both reins, 

Good luck, and enjoy 

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ponycrazy3

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ponycrazy3 says:

RE: Is he too old for her?

No way i should think its the best thing because you dont want big skittis young horses that will spook at everything. You want something thats calmer a little slower than average and forward going. Just make sure you warm up properly you dont him getting stiff and getting artheritus be careful!

Goodluck :)

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ponycrazy3

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ponycrazy3 says:

RE: Is he too old for her?

No way i should think its the best thing because you dont want big skittis young horses that will spook at everything. You want something thats calmer a little slower than average and forward going. Just make sure you warm up properly you dont him getting stiff and getting artheritus be careful!

Goodluck :)

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ponylover123

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ponylover123 says:

RE: Is he too old for her?

nooo, its actually a really good thing! you want something experienced and well bahaved. you dont want a young one, in case of spooking misbehaving ect. definetely not something to worry about but obviously as her ability grows and so does she- it would be better for her to get something a little more experienced! but an old one is a great place to start :)

goodluck! xoxo

fair is fair.

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