Posted 2015-02-24 12:25 PM (#7124836) Subject: Retiring Age of Horse
Just found out my barrel horse that is suppose to be 18 according to when we got her, is actually 21+. She doesn't have really any problems as far as joint or anything other than navicular which is under control. She loves running. Is it okay to keep running her if she is not showing any signs of pain? Or is it just not right?
Posted 2015-03-05 9:57 AM (#7129503 - in reply to #7124836) Subject: RE: Retiring Age of Horse
Location: Sapulpa, OK
My 22 year old gelding is still running bottom of 1d-top of 2d in tough OK competition. As long as they are healthy, feeling good & wanting to run, I think they are happier getting to go. I know mine is:)
Posted 2015-03-05 11:10 AM (#7129554 - in reply to #7129503) Subject: RE: Retiring Age of Horse
I personally think horses tell you when it's time to retire or have reached their full potential with you and need to go on with a beginner or someone else in general. They really do let you know. I've had some retire very early due to medical reasons; and the some that reached full potential with me and should go to someone else to learn. I also have had them (and seen others) at 16YO and way above that keep going and absolutely LOVE competing, being on the road and showing in front of crowds. It all depends on the horse and what they tell you.
Posted 2015-03-19 8:19 AM (#7135581 - in reply to #7124836) Subject: RE: Retiring Age of Horse
Location: Piedmont Ohio
I say keep going! My sister had a barrel horse named Samson. He was running 17s as a 24 year old. But we had to but him down on 10-10-10 do to him getting caught in the fence and he shatterd his shoudler. And a girl in my 4-h club has a horse that is going to be 24 and she won states on him last year. She runs like 20 flat in poles and in the low 16s in barrels. I think as long as she looks like she isn't in pain and isn't slowing down much in her old age then keep using her. It will keep her in shape and heathly. If you retire her, then she may go down hill. My mare is going to be 17 I know that isn't really old yet, but she is getting up there. And all she has done is progressed. Well no, she got a little agressive with me for a little bit because at the time she was the dominant in the feild and she started testing to see if she could be dominant over me. Well, lets just say she didn't suceed in dominanting me and we are like best friends again. Some horses just do that. She likes to push my buttons. But other than that, all we have done is progressed in our running and we are getting there with our friendship. so anyways, keep on using her!
Posted 2015-09-20 12:47 PM (#7199375 - in reply to #7124836) Subject: RE: Retiring Age of Horse
It just depends on the horse. One of our horses retired at 37 because he showed no signs of pain and passed all vet checks. He is 39 now and still looks great. Of course, he only was ridden by like, 70 pound kids in 15 pound barrel saddles but still. We had to retire another one of our horses at 14 because she was sore all of the time. If yours seems happy, keep her going.
Posted 2016-04-25 12:41 PM (#7264826 - in reply to #7124836) Subject: RE: Retiring Age of Horse
If the horse is in good condition, keep going! I would even suggest putting her/him on a supplement for older horses; I have heard many great things about PUREFORM, I have the joint formula on my 19y/o.
Posted 2016-04-25 2:00 PM (#7264866 - in reply to #7124836) Subject: RE: Retiring Age of Horse
"Heck's Coming With Me"
Just because they look good doesn't mean those old joints and that old body feel good enough to run barrels. I know this because I'm over the hill myself and nothing feels the same. Let those old guys relax. I'm talking 21 and over. They probably earned it.
Posted 2016-04-25 4:06 PM (#7264913 - in reply to #7124836) Subject: RE: Retiring Age of Horse
I have a 26 yr old mare, just ran a 21.3 pole patter this weekend. Still runs in top of the 2D in barrels Okla/Ark. She loves her job and is healthy and in great shape. Nobody believes she is 26. We have talked about possible retirement, I do not want her to go down hill. So my plan is when she comes in off the Jr Hi rodeo trail and completes her National Little Britches finals this year. I will do my best to keep her in shape and haul her with us. Best of luck with your senior horses.....