I have a fellow boarder in a tough situation. I don't know the best way to deal with this.
I've sold horses for years, which is where this all started.
The boarder is very young, and was given a well broke older gelding. The problem is he is too small for her, and he is crippled from arthritis. I have not seen him move normally once in 6 months. He is on glucosamine, has to have senior feed (5lb a day plus soaked beet pulp) and free choice hay plus be blanketed to keep weight on.
His owner can only afford one horse. She had no idea what she was getting into taking him on. She is overweight with no self confidence, desperately seeking love and approval from some thing, in this case having a horse to trail ride on. She has a really hard time being the only one that can't come on trails.
There is no other horse on the farm for her to ride.
For a long while I have known this horse is older, uncomfortable, and the decision of when to euthanize would have to be made.
The big problem is his owner thinks there is someone out there that wants an old, unridable, crippled, high maintenance gelding that will need to be out down in the near future, and wants to rehome him.
How do you explain to a young girl that the best option is likely euthanasia ? There is no where else for him to go?
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