Can my 25 year old horse barrel race in playdays?

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Is my 25 year old horse to old to barrel race?

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  1. WesternRider22

    WesternRider22 Full Member

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    We have 10 acres of pasture land.
    We give them an unlimited supply of hay since it is winter and the grass has died off
     
  2. Kristal H

    Kristal H Senior Member

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    16 quarts of senior is a very normal amount of senior for a 25 year old 1000 lb horse that can not process feed.... senior feed is a complete feed not a concentrate
     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    As far as the saddle fit, I would buy a swayback pad because the extra padding would bring the front of the saddle up so it sits level, then, later, as he builds topline muscle, you can go to a 1“ felt pad.
     
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    Okay, Thanks!
     
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    Mcdreamer Senior Member

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    I understand that piece. A horse that cannot eat hay or grass can eat that much senior in parsed out feedings but a horse that IS eating grass and hay and having it divided into two feedings. That's a lot of feed for a meal. I have plenty of horses on senior who also eat hay and grain and none of them needed that much--which would lead me to wonder if the horse has something medical going on.
     
  6. AmyK

    AmyK Senior Member

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    When we're his teeth done last? That might be part of the reason he's getting so much feed and staying too thin.

    And no offense, but I would find a different horse for that family member to ride. Not sure exactly what "experience" he has, but he's too big for this horse and his position is not great, so it's probably difficult for an old out of shape horse to carry him.
     
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    If he's sound and healthy, no arthritis or clicking joints then go for it. I know people who still run their 20-27yr old horses and they are hauled regularly. If he begins to show signs or fatigue or soreness I would limit it to basic loping.

    I don't see that the horse is "thin" by any means. Yes he is thinner than your average horse but he is 25, he looks good for that age to me. No ribs are showing so I would not worry about it yet. As for his hip bones showing, that could be his breeding. I had a TWH and she was fat and happy and had her hips showing, even the vet said it was just her build as her sire had the same issue.
     
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  8. StarPattern

    StarPattern Senior Member

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    As the owner of an older (24 year old) Quarter Horse mare, I don't see why you couldn't take your guy out to play. My mare is currently 100% retired due to a shoulder injury, but before she hurt herself... she was a live wire. I actually had to prove her age to her vet because she doesn't look her age. The vet put her at around 12-13 years old because she is in fantastic shape.

    So with some condition, muscling and some work... there's no reason your guy couldn't go play with the barrels. Just make sure he's sound and still enjoys it. If he gets sour with it, don't push him.
     
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