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Is A 20 Year Old Horse a Good First Horse?

By September 15, 2008

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A forum member is considering purchasing a horse for her children. She's a bit concerned because the horse is 20 years old. Is this a good age for a first horse? Or is it too old? How old should a first horse be? I like older horses for new riders. Find out what forum members think too.

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September 16, 2008 at 6:24 pm
(1) Jennifer Mills says:

An older horses is very good for a child’s first horse as long as there are no health or soundnees issues. I would insist on a pre purchase examinaton!

September 16, 2008 at 7:29 pm
(2) Yvette says:

Yes he would be a great first time horse &I agree with Jennifer have him vet checked first. He should be what you looking for in a first time horse, quiet & honest. Good luck!

September 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm
(3) Rachel says:

It is best to start with an older horse who knows how to ride and has years of experence. They can teach you a lot and have more patience than a younger horse. :) Good luck

September 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm
(4) Bobby Jo says:

We just purchased our first horse and very much considered a older horse! In our case we went with and 11 year old still young and spunky but I think taking in consideration of the age of rider your accomidating. My daughter is 11 yrs and an inter. rider. We still find that she can get pretty frusterated with the stong will of the younger horse, where I think and older horse deals with more and has more experince.

October 23, 2009 at 4:58 am
(5) faye says:

wellll . im looking at a cob whos 4 years old and coloured im goin too do sum lungin here and then x buut i hope for a first pony it willl work

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