Would you buy a 19 year old pony?

(33 Posts)
funnycase Tue 19-Feb-13 16:34:53

A lovely pony, who I know, has been offered to us. She ticks all our boxes and she's 15hh so I can ride her too. But what I didn't realise until we started to talk is that she's 19.dh says definitely too old. What doyou think ? she will be hunting and ode-ing.

Littlebigbum Fri 08-Mar-13 19:17:39

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2288910/Worlds-oldest-horse-trots-final-furlong-Irish-draught-Shayne-51-sleep-Essex-sanctuary-reaching-120-human-years.html
there is a bit at the bottom about 61 horse the size of Shire
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Are you still thinking Funny case ????

LittlePushka Mon 04-Mar-13 22:15:36

I am truly amazed that ponies last this long...I had no idea!! I could still be mucking out my ponies when I am 85....whaat??! Will they have stabling at the retirement home?

I have a TB who is 30 and I thought that was good going (thought maybe 40 for my hardy ponies)!

And 19years would not of itself trouble me unduly, as said it depends upon the pony and your riding expectation. good luck!

(56,..57...must go and reasses my long term housing needs..!)

sleeton Mon 04-Mar-13 22:02:48

Hello all! First post, so hope I'm doing things properly. Just wanted to say, I did. Well, 18 years at the time I bought, and I bought him to go straight into competition! Thereafter followed several wonderful years, as he taught, challenged and rewarded my dd at every turn. I cannot sing his praises enough. True, we cannot 'sell him on' .... in fact we chose to retire him from competition 'on a high' half way through last season, because his legs kept filling up .... but he earned every minute of what I hope will be a long and happy retirement! I guess what I'm trying to say is don't pass up on the oldies just because of age. If they tick your boxes and fulfil your requirements, the chances are they will do so very well indeed!

superfluouscurves Wed 27-Feb-13 10:50:31

Thanks Littlebigbum am feeling better now smile

Great to hear of all these sprightly 30 year olds +++

Plomino Tue 26-Feb-13 20:51:02

I lost my first pony two years ago , when she was 34 , and she hadn't been retired . In fact , I'd taken her out 3 days beforehand , and she'd not only jogged all the way round , but also put her head between her knees and done her level best to bugger off as well . We were still doing serious endurance at 27 , and only slowed down because kids started arriving.

19 is hardly anything these days , and tbh you could end up like a friend , who bought a five year old and then lost it a year later in a field accident .

Hopeforever Tue 26-Feb-13 17:59:27

Expect then that our old lady is no longer 14.3, she has shrunk too I suppose. Aged 39 she can still eat like a horse!

Pixel Tue 26-Feb-13 16:12:53

Mum's shire X lived until he was 31, but I know that was an exception. There are many more stories of 40 year old shetlands!

Littlebigbum Tue 26-Feb-13 10:31:12

Super get well soon, love Kelly Marks watch her on Horse and Country think they are on YouTube to. Honey was 14.2 in the end but think horse shrink like humans, paper said 15 h. I'll search about canal horse but have no idea where I read it.

superfluouscurves Tue 26-Feb-13 07:48:18

Littlebigbum Have just been reading 'Perfect Confidence' by Kelly Marks whilst in bed ill (first published 2007) in which there is a lovely picture of a hairy grey called 'Badger', titled 'at 51, Badger is the oldest horse in Britain'!! I'm amazed!!

Did you go for the 19 yr old in the end Funny case?

50BalesOfHay Thu 21-Feb-13 21:47:33

But desite all old pony stories, this is a 15hh who's not a pony. Only buy her if you can keep her till she dies. Otherwise buy something younger,

Littlebigbum Thu 21-Feb-13 17:33:17

Super Honey my mums sports horse the 56 year regularly took of with me! Rich I thought there was a canal horse of 57. I'll check it out

superfluouscurves Thu 21-Feb-13 16:22:48

56??? shock

I have to confess that I was once "carted away with" (can't really call it true bolting) by a 21 yr old Dales ...blush

I was 11 yrs at the time though!!

Riding a 56 year old!! You should contact the guineas book of records you could have the worlds oldest horse, the current one is only 51 and def retired. You could be famous.

Zazzles007 Thu 21-Feb-13 00:51:32

Hahaha Mirage although my guy was 'feisty', he wasn't getting up to the hi-jinks that your pony is doing. DPony sounds like a real character grin.

Booboostoo Wed 20-Feb-13 18:58:11

A 19 year old horse (at 15hh she's a horse and that makes a difference because on the whole ponies live longer than horses) and for ODEs and hunting (very high impact activities) no I would not.

Offer to have her on loan with an understanding that if she becomes unable to do the job you want her for, her owners will have her back.

Mirage Wed 20-Feb-13 12:51:14

grinzazzles The only thing is with the oldies,is that they have learnt a lot of tricks over the years.Dpony can untie herself,open gates,destroy electric fencing and stakes and lead younger ponies astray. She is a demon,good job I love her so much.

Zazzles007 Wed 20-Feb-13 10:20:41

Mirage my loaner was like your pony, leaping and bucking when I asked him to hand gallop. The older ones can be real gems grin.

willyoulistentome Wed 20-Feb-13 09:36:30

I would not buy a 19 year old that I didn't already know..but if I knew the horse's history, had her vetted, and was satisfied she was up for hunting and ode-ing, that there were no underlying or concealed health issues, and she was ticking all my boxes, then if the price was right, and understanding that I might not get may years of riding and was able to accept that nobody else would we likely to buy her off me when she has retired and was prepared to keep her for the rest of her retired life - or was prepared to make a nasty decision - I would. Can yoiu afford two once this one has retired? If not - your riding days may be over.

Personally I wouldn't. I'd be too worried about only getting a year or two's riding before I had to retire the horse, and then I wouldn't be able to afford another for riding. Unless you have your own land, it's not much cheaper to keep a retired horse than a working horse. Yes, I know some have a long working life, and some get health problems when they are young, but for me it is about maximising your chances - and your money!

Zazzles007 Wed 20-Feb-13 08:54:30

I didn't buy a 19 yr old horse, but I did loan one for 5 years, and would still have him if my financial situation hadn't changed. He was very energetic at 19, and was still doing lateral work at 23 when I gave him up. I was jumping him up to 1.10m, but lowered the jumps when he got to 23. Even at 23, he could really test my riding some days. Otherwise we were preparing to compete at elementary dressage. He was an amazing schoolmaster for me, and I credit this horse with making me a far better rider than I ever was previously.

As long as the horse is relatively healthy and sound for 19, with few or no maintenance issues, then I would consider it seriously, as you have said he ticks many of your boxes. You can always do a staged vet check and get a professional opinion. There are lots of horses these days who are still working in the 23-25 yr range, and it would be a shame to miss out in a wonderful experience with this pony.

Hope this helps.

Littlebigbum Tue 19-Feb-13 21:55:28

hope they are

Hopeforever Tue 19-Feb-13 21:11:53

little that gives me hope that horses can live so long. We retired our horse as the farrier was so expensive as she is so far from the nearest farrier (Highlands) but she is still very much part of our family. Long may she live

Mirage Tue 19-Feb-13 19:11:46

Dpony was 21 when we bought her.She is amazing,has hunted all day with a notoriously hard riding pack on their most testing day,hacks,jumps,does games,fancy dress,pony club,nothing phases her.We took her to a cross country course last year and she was bucking on the spot with excitement and went like a rocket.grin

She is 23 now and she will be with us for life.I could never sell her,I love her too much and owe her too much,but am lucky that we have a farm where she can retire to if she ever does retire,that is. DD1 is currently riding her and I had planned for DD2 to inherit her in future,however,DD2 likes whizzier ponies and may be ready for something faster and more challenging by then.If dpony is still fit,I will ride her,she loves to hack,which is all I'm good for.

basildonbond Tue 19-Feb-13 18:37:49

Dd's favourite pony at her riding school is 21 this year but he's so sprightly and fizzy that you'd never know it

Dd loves him cos he's the perfect size for her -12.2 - and very responsive. He loves her as most of the children who are small enough to ride him are a bit nervous of him as he's very forward-going and tend to pull on his reins to try to slow him down - dd doesn't do that so the two of them finish a lesson with enormous grins on their faces (honestly this pony really can grin!!)

He's a very good advert for a 19 year old pony grin

Pixel Tue 19-Feb-13 18:22:49

Our first pony was still a nutter very sprightly well into his thirties. On that experience I'd say 19 was fine but then you say about hunting etc which might be too much. Ours did a 26 mile sponsored ride when he was in his late teens and bolted through the finish but not all would cope with that. You'd have to judge the horse and its fitness as an individual and not just go by her age.

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