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[RC] [RC] Age of horse and first 100 ride - Sherman

Why quit 5 yrs before the end of the lifespan if the horse is still fit, capable & willing to go down the trail? Why not just ride until it feels like the horse doesn't want  to or can't safely do it anymore? Just curious, as I know so many horses that seem to "get old" lose muscle tone & that healthy glow and spark once they quit being used.
Ginny wrote:
IMO, the trick is to figure out the typical life-span of a particular horse and then figure one can compete up to 5 years before the end of that life-span, as long as the horse is healthy and receiving good care and handling.