Does anyone here compete an older horse? I retired my old guy (rising 22) a couple of years ago and bought a young horse to replace him as my competition horse. My young horse had an accident and had to be PTS there was no real reason to retire my old guy apart from the fact I wanted to progress up the levels and he’s basically a BN packer. Before my young horse’s accident he was out with a very stubborn abscess for quite a while (2+ months) so I brought my old guy back into work and took him cross country schooling a few times which he seemed to really enjoy.
I don’t see myself getting another horse anytime soon and recently bought a brand new towing vehicle, have a brand new float on order all so I could compete my young horse. I feel like I need to use them for what I bought them for but it’s also not a reason to bring my other horse out of retirement. But he seemed to really enjoy the few times I took him out (and he hasn’t seemed stiff or sore afterwards) so I don’t think he’s done yet!
Does anyone here compete the older horse? Do you do anything special? How many days per week do you ride? How often do you jump them? I was going to show jump my young horse over the winter (Australia) before the spring season. I wouldn’t be jumping more than BN height (more probably starter/intro). We have the opportunity for riding club twice a month and also show jump club twice per month but that may be too much. Should I have a vet look him over or for anything in particular?