Just my two cents... Why does anyone think that someone wants a horse that is special needs to eat up their pasture as a companion horse? I am sure not going to take on a horse that will require special shoes and meds to be comfortable. JMHO! Be responsible and if you can't care for him have him put down.
Excellent post, Wicked. I completely agree.
I have a coming 25 y/o with arthritic hocks and other ailments. I took him as a 19 y/o, and didn't know he had certain issues. If I had known I probably wouldn't have taken him as I wanted a riding horse, not one who just 'looks pretty' standing around.
But since I did
take him, I'll care for him until it's time for him to be put down (likely) or he passes on his own (highly unlikely). I got 1 year of riding out of him, and he was a miserable cuss about it. He's much happier now that he's just a pasture puff, but not everyone has the finances and land to be able to keep a horse who is no longer rideable.
OP, good, sane, sound, rideable horses are going for nothing or next to nothing. To expect someone to pay
to take your expensive pasture ornament off your hands is naive. You'll be lucky if you can give
him to someone, especially considering he's going to need expensive meds and therapy just to stay pasture sound.
I know that's probably not what you wanted to hear, but it's the truth.