Confession Time

So guys, I have a confession for you.

You all know Frankie’s stats by now: he’s a dark bay 17.1 Oldenburg x TB gelding that is turning 14 this spring. Easy stuff that we all know.

Except I’m pretty sure that’s not the case. I’ve suspected for a while (and continue to suspect) that one of those stats is wrong.

I don’t think Frankie is about to turn 14. I think he’s about to turn 15.


Hear me out here – I bought him in spring 2016, where they told me he was 10. I was like great cool he is 10 years old in 2016 which means he was born in 2006 end of story. Got him signed up with USEF with that info and we all continued on our merry way.

But I then found a sale ad for him from the previous autumn, also listing him as a 10yo. And I do think that one was accurate.

So what I think happened: he was 10 when they had him at the consignment barn, but turned 11 sometime that spring (forever annoyed that I’ve never been able to learn more about his birthday or younger years). Which would mean that he was actually born in 2005, which means that in a few months I will have a 15yo horse.

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Francis using this as an excuse to say he canNOT do work anymore

This matters exactly 0% to me – his muscling and his coat look more amazing than ever (seriously, he is SO FREAKIN’ SHINY), he’s sound as a bell and healthy, and he truly looks better with every passing year. I suspect (and hope) he’s going to be the type that I can enjoy at varying levels well into his late 20s. Whether he’s 15 or 14 doesn’t change anything in terms of what we’re doing, because what we’re doing is clearly working for him.

But apparently I don’t even know how old my horse is, and for that I get to wear a dunce cap.


11 thoughts on “Confession Time

  1. Liz 11/20/2019 / 8:29 am

    I have no certain idea of how old Q is either and it drives me bonkers!


    • hellomylivia 11/20/2019 / 8:33 am

      Ugh it’s so annoying!! I just want to know where my angel child came from!!


  2. Emily - May as Well 11/20/2019 / 8:31 am

    Mehhhh people ask me all the time how old May is… somewhere between 10 and 20… haha


    • hellomylivia 11/20/2019 / 8:34 am

      hahaha I should start saying that I’ve had Frankie for 3.5 years, so he must be at least 3.5 years old. It’s the only thing we know for certain.

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  3. Molly 11/20/2019 / 11:10 am

    When I was buying my then weanling, they had her out with her mom and said mom was about 18. She looked good for an 18yr old broodmare. But when they got the paperwork ready for me they realized mom was actually 25. Oops


    • hellomylivia 11/20/2019 / 11:13 am

      That’s absolutely wild! Also kudos to mama mare for looking so good at that age.


  4. martidoll123 11/20/2019 / 1:11 pm

    Remus is 17 this year (HOW can that be??) I dont have his papers but did see them once so remember the date and year. But they are as only as old as they act. considering mine just went by levading in the field i think he doesnt feel even 10. HA HAHA

    Frankie looks amazing no matter his age 🙂


  5. Stacie Seidman 11/20/2019 / 4:57 pm

    Don’t worry, I can’t ever remember what age my horses are anymore… And I don’t really know for sure on most of them. Shiny has no records what-so-ever, so I’m just assuming she’s 6 like I was told. But who knows? I think Pammon is 12… but he might be 13, at least he has a passport from his breeder, so that’s accurate if I would just go look at it. Eros I’m pretty sure is 11, but he too has no records for me. I’m DYING to know how he’s bred (Shiny too) and it’s so annoying that I don’t.
    Either way, there are horses still jumping grand prix in their late teens, so I don’t think it matters much if he’s 14 or 15.


    • hellomylivia 11/21/2019 / 9:23 am

      It’s so frustrating not to know the breeding of our ponies! Not that I was trying to build a whole herd of Frankie-siblings or anything…
      I figure as long as he’s happy and healthy, we’ll keep celebrating whatever birthday we feel like that year ❤


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