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moosea

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Hi,

I have come into ownership of an older mare. I was never in a position to keep her long term.
My question is are there homes out there for older horses who are really only able to hack gently?

If not then will do the right thing by her.
 

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Yes. A horse or pony who doesn't need riding every day and who is happy to go out for a gentle amble around with a rider will be just what someone is looking for. I have bought two fitting the discription myself.
 

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Yes there are but you need to vet them carefully, visit regularly and have references from vet/farrier to ensure their welfare.
 

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Yes! My horse of a lifetime was 32 when she became mine. The confidence she gave me and the beautiful hacks are something I'll treasure forever :)
 

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Thanks for the replies. Was dreading having to book that visit.

Any suggestions on where to advertise her? Will vet all homes.
 

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My question is are there homes out there for older horses who are really only able to hack gently?

As others have said, yes if she is safe, sane, easy to do, is the same to ride without being ridden regularly, and doesn't need constant medication or specialist care (e.g. doesn't have sweet itch). I re-homed (long term loan) my older mare as a teenager as I had really outgrown her and my weight became too much for her arthritis. I had quite a lot of interest as she had perfect ridden manners and was totally traffic safe. Lots of mums wanting to hack out occasionally with kids on little ponies, grannies wanting the odd ramble about etc. Mine was also absolutely fine about being left alone which was a big bonus for people who were looking for a light hack / companion.

I would loan or LWVTB, have a contract and check out the potential loaner thoroughly though.

You could try Homes4Horses?
 

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she's 17 years old. Arthritis in both front knees but not on medication. Would need to live out because of stiffness if left in. 99.9% safe on the road alone/ company.
 

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My god yes, I was gifted my first horse at aged 21 with navicular, super schoolmistress, she was mine for 10 years and taught me everything I know.

I would advertise in your local tack shops, loan with view to gift.
 

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Definitely! I had a waiting list for our 19yr old with mild cushings - however a complete schoolmaster and 100% safe.

This was on the back of only a fb ad......
 

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We were very fortunate in being given a beautifully schooled 15 year old bombproof/spookproof/anybodies ride Welsh section D (Traditional Type) which proved to be a treasure and was with us until she was 28 years old.
Quite irreplaceable and wish I could find another one like her. She was a total darling and never misbehaved.
 
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