older horses

older horses

Post by DDETH.. » Sat, 24 Feb 1990 01:19:00

I can only speak for myself so take that into account.  I started riding
Patrick a year ago.  He was 19 at the time.  Now usually a horse at that age
has sown his wild oats (I know, bad pun), but Patrick is not normal.  He thinks
he is still 5 years old and acts up on a regular basis; I don't even dare let
anyone else ride him because noone can predict when he is going to have a
temper tantrum.  Getting a horse that old has its inherent problems since you
are inheriting someone else's headaches; several of his habits are so ingrained
I've given up on fixing them.  As long as he continues to jump and perform his
dressage tests, I can live with annoying habits that others allowed to develop.