Iím so confused between as to what I should do with my 19 year old gelding.
He is next to my heart horse and he means the world to me. When I purchased him I thought he was younger but I had found out he was actually older, 19.
I board him at a boarding stable and we are moving to one next month that will cost $260 a month. Where we are at now, is $225 but it is further away so I do not get to see him as often nor, will it benefit me much in moving up levels.
Anyways, Due to my geldings age, I know I will have to retire him soon. Donít get me wrong, I have nothing against older horses, I owned a 25 year old mare who LOVED to have a job and we were always riding and doing things together, etc.
But Demitri is getting slower, and less motivated to do things, he is not as inclined to want to work anymore, and it makes me feel like he deserves retirement out in a pasture, just eating grass and being a pasture puff with some light riding.
I of course, cannot afford to maintain a horse who is on retirement and that is my dilemma, I don't know whether to keep him and continue riding, or retire him to a home who can afford that.
I have a yearling mare I have, and I donít pay that same amount due to the fact I have her staying elsewhere, and she doesnt need anything particularly special board wise, and I can already start doing some sort of training with her.
So really, Iím not sure what to do and it absolutely makes me feel a mess, because I like having a horse I can ride currently and I know he has things to teach me.
So please, Some guidance would be nice (: