We recently aquired a 11 year old Fewspot apaloosa mare from someone on our yard. She was abandoned about 2 weeks after arriving and we took her on with our 5 other horses. Problem is, she's permanently lame in her front right leg. The vet has checked her, as has the farrier and believes it to be the result of an old injury, possibly having had a metal rod or plate put in which she has now outgrown.
Obviously, since we never intended getting another horse, the costs involved in getting her leg repaired are far beyond our reach. She in uninsurable due to her current state and as a consequence no-one is interested in taking her on as a companion and we can't seem to get any help from the local charities, who believe it would simply be fairer to have her put down.
It's such a shame! She's a beautiful mare with an amazing temperament. She is currently companion to our 35 year old mare and lives out with her year round - they never leave each others side, so she's obviously a proven companion. The vet and farrier have both claimed she is in no obvious pain with her leg (they reckon that she walks too strong and confidently for it to hurt her, else she would hobble round like an invalid). Also, they think that provided she could take the weight theres no reason she couldn't be put in foal. But because of her leg no-one is willing to take the time or the chance on her!
With the 5 we already have and winter only a few months away, my aunt and uncle have begun to talk about having her put down as costs are spiralling and no-one has shown any interest. But she's such a wonderful mare and I would be devastated to see her put down! Any advice or help please? Have any of you been in a similar position?