Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Wow guys, once again I'm shocked at this forum's behaviour.
There are ways and means of telling people things without having to be so darn rude. Speak to people how you expect to be spoken too. If you're feeling so bad for this horse, go pick it up and move it to your farm, pay for the treatment and let her live out her days with you.
OP, there is truth in what most people are saying in their replies, however they have worded it.
At age 30, the mare maybe responding in the way she does for people trying her out because she is in discomfort, or should not be ridden any longer at this age. I personally don't know any horses age 30 who are still being worked.
Vets bills are vets bills, and they are incurred with any animal, any age. Have you looked in to other vet practises, or other makes of the medication you are giving her to see if there are any cheaper? What are you doing to help combat her asthma? Are you soaking her hay, keeping her pasture moist, keeping her bedding dust free etc? Things like that can severly drop the symptoms of ashtma, or COPD, and help for a happier horse.
Your mum has to also sit down and figure things out. In all honesty, this horse may be better off being pts, at age 30, you won't find much interest in a horse that is incurring vets bills and may not be able to be ridden, on top of that (sorry to say it) may not have much life left in her.
You also have to think about the stress of moving her away from the herd, at that age, she'll take it harder. Will she survive it?
There are many things to consider when selling an ill horse of this age.