Taking your horse off the horseback is not an easy choice. And it probably won’t happen overnight! In fact, there are many factors that need to be considered before making this decision. Age, strength and chronic disease are just a few that may influence your decision. The two most common reasons for retiring your horse include old age and continued lameness. It’s simple – the horse’s body is no longer able to keep up with the demands of being ridden. It is the most practical and humane thing to do. However, there are other factors such as behavioral problems and intermittent health conditions that can make it difficult. Retirement of a horse too soon could mean giving up years of quality riding time. On the other hand, no rider should want to cause their horse discomfort.