I'm exposed to both sides of this equation every day.
My honey works at a livestock rescue, and much of what they do makes zero sense to me.
The ranch mission is to act as both rescue and sanctuary.
However, there's a very fine line between caring for these animals, and being cruel.
Seeing some of those animals just suffering outright makes my blood boil.
However, the owner and ranch manager are very devout animal activists and very much against putting anything down except in extreme situations.
In their minds, they're helping that horse live a little longer life.
The reality of the situation in our minds is that it's a very cruel and expensive experiment that will likely kill the horse.
Both sides are, to an extent, and both are wrong to an extent.
The horse doesn't know any different.
It just wants to feel the sunshine on it's back and eat some hay today.
My thoughts are this- i would consult a trusted vet, and determine whether the horse is in pain.
If not, leave it alone. if yes, put it down.
I RIDE, THEREFORE I AM
COWBOY UP OR GO CRY IN THE TRUCK