I own a horse. His name is rusty. He is 20 years old and about 5 years ago, a year or too after I bought him, he got diagnosed with Navicular disease. I did everything in my power to help him, he had surgery to remove some nerves and he made a full recovery. Before the survey, I was begging to be over his level, almost needing a more advanced horse, after the surgery, he was to advanced for me, but we still had fun.
We started riding less because of my work schedule and school. Now I recently purchased a new saddle and I'm ready to ride again. I'm noticing he is not wanting to canter, barely even trot in the arena, no limping.. He seems happy as ever. He is 20, maybe he is just slowing down? Or should I be concerned?
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I am a horse lover! I've owned 2 horses already (had to sell them due to finances), but I'm far from an expert. My opinion is that Rusty may very possibly just be slowing down. Can you tell me what breed he is? Because in my experience, Arabians tend to last a long time (there was a 33 year old Arab gelding at my stable who gave lessons) and Thoroughbeds tend to break down kinda early.
It's definitely something to mention to your vet at your next checkup! I'm happy to see another rider on this site. :D Tell me, is it weird that I have every intention of naming my future son after my horse Jasper? He was my sweet boy. <32