11-15-2012, 04:23 PM
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I think you're making the right decision too. You can still mess with her whenever you want, right? So that's something. One thing that I was going to mention before you made your decision is that 10 is awfully young to have a consistent mechanical lameness, regardless of whether it's from arthritis or something else. There are a lot of horses her age and younger that have arthritis from being used hard, but it doesn't cause lameness in them, only a slight hint of stiffness before warming them up.
For her to have such problems that don't work themselves out within just a few minutes of warm-up, then it's something more serious than just slight arthritis and would likely require extensive and expensive treatment to keep her sound...if you could keep her sound at all.
I'm sorry that you aren't able to get her, especially since she's such a nice horse, but you are making the right decision for the long term.