Believe it or not….Trigger (the chestnut horse in the pictures) is 18 years old. We have only been together for just over a year. He used to be a barrel racer but is now retired from that line of work.
I thought he might struggle to learn new things. But although it took him a little longer to get the idea in the beginning, now he understands what I am asking him and he has been picking up new tricks as quickly as a young horse.
Young horses tend to be a bit more curious, which can make learning easier. An older horse may be a bit jaded or ‘switched-off’ (they have just learned to do what they are asked with a minimal amount of effort).
Teaching older horses tricks can spark their interest in learning and trying new things again.