Long story short, over the summer my older horse started with a lot of back problems. I've tried everything I think I could do to help him and nothing seems to be doing any good, every ride just gets more and more painful for him. I think the age and past life is finally catching up to him :(
Needless to say I have adopted an OTTB to take over the workload and let my poor old man rest but I really don't know what to do with my older gelding. He is my first horse and I have a bond with him that I don't think I will ever find in another horse and would really rather not sell him. I really want to keep him at the farm with me (where I'm currently boarding) but with the way the economy is I don't know if I will be able to keep up on the board for two at the farm I'm at.
I've been thinking about seeing about retirement farms for him or somewhere where he can just live out his years being a horse. So my questions become
1) does anyone know of any good retirement farms in the nj/pa/ny area?
2) is retirement boarding a good option or am I better off finding a backyard somewhere where he can mow the lawn?